VERDANT MEDICINE: Premiered April 30

In the words of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), "the senses are to a person as precious stones sealed in a vase."

Deepen your experience with a concert you can not only hear and see - but also touch, smell, and taste! This multi-media experience includes a set of hand-made image cards that expand upon the music with quotes from Hildegard paired with physical materials featured in her mystical and medical writings.

The premiere concert broadcast will be immediately followed by a discussion of Hildegard and medieval pharmacognosy (i.e. plant medicine) by Dr. Victoria Sweet, Dr. Alisha Rankin, and Dr. Minji Lee, and moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell.

This program is generously sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies

Join us for an interactive concert experience!

We have been hard at work preparing a concert experience to entice the senses! Join us for an interactive concert broadcast and Q&A featuring 16th-century French and English botanical music for instruments and voices. This program comes with the option of receiving custom-created Peel-n-Sniff cards with scented manuscript images of plants, chosen to match the music. 

Alkemie members are joined by guests Corey Shotwell (tenor, melodica), Harrison Hintzsche (baritone, melodica, percussion), Ben Matus (tenor, winds, composer), and Jim Hopkins (baritone, harmonium). We had such a great time creating this project - we hope you enjoy it, too!

#GivingTuesday 2020
Alkemie presents Mirroring the Other - Dec. 2020
See & hear us on Metropolis Ensemble's House Music Fall 2020
Alkemie & Friends debut Blood, Booze & Betrayal August 2019

Did you miss our first full-length "Alkemie and Friends" concert this August? You can still buy a $5 ticket to our filmed performance of  Blood, Booze & Betrayal.

This was a logistical heavy lift, but we were able to livestream an in-person (without a physical audience) from St. John's in the Village in NYC. Sian Ricketts and Tracy Cowart of Alkemie were be joined by Fiona Gillespie and Paul Holmes Norton of Chivalrous Crickets, Loren Ludwig of Acronym, and magical mystery composer Elliot Cole for a program of murder ballads and drinking songs.

This virtual reality concert allows you to see the performance from different points of view by moving the position of your mobile device - as many times as you like!

We're grateful for the support of Early Music America as we launch this new series of informal, musically experimental, and multi-sensory concerts.

Jan 2020 Alkemie debuts a new program!

This week the Alkemists convene in New York City to debut a brand-new program. Sweet Friendship imagines a 15th-century court nestled on the borders of Italian and French-speaking lands to celebrate the richness found in shared camaraderie and musical diplomacy. With two concerts that are both free and open to the public, this is a weekend activity worth sharing with a friend!

Co-sponsored by the Fordham University Department of Art and Music and Center for Medieval Studies.

#GivingTuesday 2019

It's #GivingTuesday, a wonderful time to consider supporting Alkemie!

We have big plans for this coming year, including a trouvère recording project, educational video content, and more fresh programming - including a program of Busnoys and Balli this spring. Consider making a donation in honor of this #GivingTuesday, either through Facebook or right here:


Any amount will help, and we'd love to show our appreciation with the following gifts:

Soprano recorder $125+
Enjoy a signed Alkemie Live CD

Rebec $250+
Flaunt a signed Alkemie Live CD & Alkemie tote bag

Viele $500+
Share two VIP tickets to a concert of your choosing in addition to a signed CD and tote bag

Harp $1000+
Delight in a short personalized composition performed/recorded by Alkemie members

Organetto $2500+
Let us entertain you with your own house concert performed by Alkemie members