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Margo Gezairlian Grib (voice) has performed with prominent early music ensembles and festivals such as New York's Ensemble for Early Music, the New York Collegium, The Ivory Consort, Madison Early Music and Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Early Music America Magazine wrote, "If one performer deserves special note, it is Margo Gezairlian Grib, whose unique voice is perfect for these songs." in its review of Ivory Consort's recording "Music in the Land of Three Faiths". From the ancient to modern, she is a soloist on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recording "Music of Medieval Love" with Ensemble for Early Music and "Einstein on the Beach" by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass for Sony Classics, which she performed in opera houses around the world including BAM. Also an actress, Ms. Grib’s extensive theatre resume includes work with David  Mamet, the Atlantic Theatre Co (founding member). and the London Shakespeare Co.

Dennis Cinelli
(mandora, saz, gittern, colascione) is active as a soloist and chamber musician on early guitars, mandolins and lutes. He has performed with the American Symphony, New York Collegium,New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Bach Aria Group, Artek, The American Virtuosi, the O'Brien/Cinelli Duo and The Ivory Consort throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared on artists’ series at Yale, Ohio, Wake Forest and Appalachian State Universities. Mr.Cinelli performs new and old music with flutist, Mary Cherney as the Duo Nova Antigua. An assistant professor at Montclair State University’s Cali School of Music, he is also a LaBella Strings artist and endorsee.

Rachel Begley performs on recorders and historical bassoons with ensembles across North America, including Early Music New York, Montreal Baroque, Arcadian Players (MA), Aradia (Toronto), Connecticut Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Clarion Society (NY), Rebel, The Play of Daniel at The Cloisters (New York), Mercury Baroque (TX), New York City Opera, and the American Classical Orchestra.  She has performed under some of the world’s leading directors, among them Kurt Masur, Andrew Lawrence King, Jane Glover, Stephen Stubbs, and Alexander Weimann. An early music specialist, she has also premiered works for recorder by such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein and Joan Tower.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in recorder and early music from SUNY Stony Brook, and is an Adjunct Professor at Queens College (CUNY) and a Visiting Professor of Recorder at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute for 2010/11.

John Mark Rozendaal (tenor viol)specializes in teaching and performing stringed instrument music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. His viola da gamba playing has been praised as "splendid" (Chicago Tribune), and "breathtaking" (Sun-Times). As founding Artistic Director of Chicago Baroque Ensemble, JMR performed and led seven seasons of subscription concerts, educational programs, radio broadcasts, and recordings for the Cedille and Centaur labels. Rozendaal served as principal 'cellist of The City Musick, and Basically Bach, and has performed both solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, and the King's Noyse. Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Catacoustic Consort, Philomel, Parthenia, The New York Consort of Viols, Empire Viols, Kansas City Chorale,Trio Settecento and Repast. . A dedicated teacher, Rozendaal often joins the faculties of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave, Viols West’s annual workshop, Amherst Early Music, Madison Early Music Festival, and the Music Institute of Chicago’s annual Baroque Festival.

Rex Benincasa
( frame drums, darbouka, riq, hurdy-gurdy) has been a freelancing drummer and world music percussion specialist in New York since 1978. He has performed with the New Music Consort, Ensemble Caprice, Flamenco Latino, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance, Andrea Del Conte Danza España, Zorgona Flamenco Dance, Pilar Rioja, The Grammy Orchestra, Amanecar Flamenco,The Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, The Washington Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Rex has recorded CDs and/or movie soundtracks for Andrea Marcovicci, Philip Glass, Sesame Street, NFL Films, The Sons of Sefarad, The Ivory Consort, and the Gerard Edery Ensemble.His most recent Broadway appearances have been with Fosse, The Full Monty, Flower Drum Song, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, The Color Purple, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Mr. Benincasa likes all kinds of music.

Haig Manoukian (oud) has played with many of the best musicians in Turkey, Armenia and the Arab world, and has been a featured soloist in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has toured with the ensembles Transition, the Ivory Consort and Taxsim. During part of each year Mr. Manoukian and Souren Baronian travel across Europe, playing and teaching. Mr. Manoukian is considered one of the world's finest players of the oud, and a master of improvisation. More recently, inspired by extensive travel in Spain, Haig has absorbed flamenco and jazz influences into his Middle Eastern style.

Louise Schulman (vielle, lute) has been an active performer and musical leader on the New York scene and internationally since 1970. She is a founding member and principle viola of the St. Lukes' Chamber Ensemble and Orchestra of St. Lukes, and since 1975 has been on the performing and coaching staff of the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center, where she has recently been chosen as the player representative on the board of directors. Ms. Shulman has nearly 100 recordings to her credit, including Telemann and Vialdi Concerti (viola and viola d'amore) and such chamber works as the Shubert Cello Quintet, Hindemith Octet, Beethoven Septet and Eyeglass Duo for Music Masters and other labels. Her recording of Interviews for viola dna Piano by Eleanor Cory is on CRI records. Baroque groups include the Folger Consort, Wavery Consort, Clarion Concerts, Philomel and the New England Bach Festival, and she has recently been invited to join Ensemble Breve. She is also a member of the Strathmere Ensemble and Armstrong Chamber Concerts.