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Peabody on the Court Music Series


Friday, December 6, 2013


12:00 PM–01:00 PM

Peabody on the Court Music Series

The final concert of the fall Peabody on the Court Music Series will feature the ensemble Divisio, comprised of musicians from Peabody Conservatory’s Early Music Department.  The performance, East meets West, will feature early music from many world traditions, including Spanish, Italian, Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian, Arabic and Sephardic. 

This dynamic series of free First Friday noon concerts on the Walters’ Sculpture Court continues a partnership with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University which dates from the 1960s. This is the final performance of the Fall 2013 season. This series will resume in February 2014.


Taqsim (improvisation)
Des oge mais (Cantigas de Santa Maria, c. 1252)
Taqsim (improvisation)
Todos los Santos (CSM)
Dos Amantes (Sephardic)
Al Kanef (Arabic)
Isabella (Italian 14th-c., London MS Add. 29987)
Nazeli (Armenian)
Bucimis (Bulgarian)
Sedi donka (Bulgarian)
Tamzara hayastan (Armenian)
Kalamatianos (Greek)


Daniel Raney
Having grown up in Austin, Texas, a culture built around music and art, Daniel Raney has built his life around performing as a percussionist. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Austin Symphony, the Peabody Concert Orchestra, and the Occasional Symphony. He has driven jazz groups and funk/rock ensembles, given countless solo performances, and has become a reliable and sought after musician due to the versatility of his playing. 

Daniel studied as an orchestral percussionist in his first three years of playing, beginning in 2005 at the age of 11. Since then, he has studied with percussion teachers from the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute, Cleveland State University, Michigan State University, University of Texas, Baylor University, and other schools throughout the United States. Currently, he is earning a degree in percussion performance, as well as a degree in audio engineering, at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. 

Now, Daniel Raney is frequently hired as a percussionist to drive a vast array of music genres, including early music, jazz, classical, and contemporary styles.

Niccolo Seligmann
You can hear Niccolo Seligmann playing a lot of different music, from Bulgarian dances set to beatbox, to virtuoso Baroque viola da gamba music, to French songs of lost love from seven hundred years ago. One of the first things you might hear him say is “Hey, what tunes can you teach me?” Niccolo applies his love of all music to his many ensembles.

Niccolo is a core member of The Broken Consort, a group dedicated to “Early music turned early magic” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). He also performs medieval music with the ensembles Divisio, Hesperus, and Alkemie, and Renaissance and Baroque music with The Peabody Consort, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Baltimore Baroque Band, and Peabody Consort of Viols.

He is currently pursuing a performance degree at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He studies viol with John Moran, and has studied vielle with Tina Chancey. Last year, Niccolo won a Provost Undergraduate Research Award, which he used to research medieval performance techniques and improvisation.

An avid improviser, arranger, and composer, Niccolo’s compositions have been aired on WGBH’s DriveTime Live and will be released on the upcoming Peabody Consort CD. Niccolo is currently recording an album of his own works for one and two viols, viol with electronics, percussion and piano.

Brian Kay
Brian Kay began his musical life at the age of 10 when he got his first drum set and formed his first band. Although this “drum set” was merely a snare drum with no stand and a bass drum with no pedal, Brian wasted no time honing his chops and developing his musical imagination while practicing for hours with his mother’s wooden spoons.

He bought his first lute with the intention of using it as one of the many other instruments featured on his recordings, but quickly became obsessed with the amazing breadth of the lute’s history, the sound and physical beauty of the instrument, and the metaphorical, and sometimes mystical associations it has in Eastern and Western music. After weeks of searching, he came to meet his first lute master, Richard Kolb at Case Western. Since then, he has studied extensively with Mark Cudek and Richard Stone.

Brian has been a featured soloist at distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Shriver Hall, and The Boston Early Music Festival. As an avid ensemble player, he has performed with Hesperus, The Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, The Broken Consort, Baltimore Baroque Band, The Peabody Consort, and The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, and is a founding member of the early music improvisation group Divisio.

As a specialist of renaissance and baroque improvisation and the history of early plucked instruments, Mr. Kay has lectured at Yale University, The Peabody Conservatory, Shriver Hall, and The Walters Art Museum. In September, 2012 he was Artist in Residence at The Cushman School in Miami, Florida, where he taught 7th & 8th graders musical appreciation through the experience of composing and producing their own music.





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