Alkemie featured on REMA Festival (Mar. 2022)
Our recent "Like a Woman" Program was one of the two video concerts by U.S. ensembles to be featured as part of REMA's Early Music Day Festival.
REMA is the representative network for Early Music in Europe, composed by 86 members in 21 countries.
Visit the EMD Festival Page to view Alkemie - and a slew of other of great programs - all concerts are offered free of charge!
Alkemie awarded Rapid Restart NYSCA grants (Fall 2021)
We are grateful to announce that we have been awarded two New York State Council for the Arts Rapid Restart grant to support Hildegard Refracted and Like a Woman in NYC this fall! It's an honor that New York has recognized and chosen to support our work as we continue to find ways to make music and connect with people.
Alkemie available on Bandcamp
Alkemie On-Demand (Dec. 2021)
Did you miss a concert (or several) last year? Want to give a gift that takes up no space but inspires both delight and thought? For a limited time only this December we are re-releasing six of our previously-created concert videos in high definition - and at a discount!
Preview/excerpt videos as well as concert & ticket information are available via the link below. Tickets may be purchased through December 31,2021 - the videos may be watched on demand through January 31, 2022.
VERDANT MEDICINE: Premiered April, 2021
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 included 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 was watched by over 800 people, and was 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 was generously sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health and supported by the Fordham Center for Medieval Studies
FLORILEGIUM (Feb. 2021)
Our 1st interactive concert experience!
In February 2020 we created our first intersensory concert - an experience to entice the senses! Florilegium featured an interactive concert broadcast and Q&A of 16th-century French and English botanical music for instruments and voices. This program came with the option of receiving custom-created Peel-n-Sniff cards with scented manuscript images of plants, chosen to match the music.
Alkemie members were joined by guests Corey Shotwell (tenor, melodica), Harrison Hintzsche (baritone, melodica, percussion), Ben Matus (tenor, winds, composer), and Jim Hopkins (baritone, harmonium).
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 - 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+ help us transport our instruments to a concert venue
Enjoy an exclusive Cyprus 1400 CD
Rebec $250+ finance a preview video for an upcoming concert
Flaunt a Cyprus 1400 CD & Alkemie tote bag
Vielle $500+ underwrite costs of intersensory materials
Share two VIP tickets to a concert of your choosing (virtual or live) in addition to a CD and tote bag
Harp $1000+ cover venue fees for a NYC concert
Delight in a short personalized composition performed/recorded by Alkemie members
Organetto $2500+ sponsor performer fees for a new project
Let us entertain you with an exclusive performance by Alkemie members
Alkemie presents Mirroring the Other - Dec. 2020
See & hear us on Metropolis Ensemble's House Music Fall 2020
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.