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Mixing Baroque & Renaissance with Hip-Hop

One year after making its way into the hearts and ears of DC’s music community, Washington Sound Museum continues to mix interesting sounds and flavors. Last month, WSM celebrated its one year anniversary with Bloombars in style. With this month’s installment, WSM promises to out-do itself.

Christylez has invited along two unique artists, Amy Domingues who will mesmerize the audience on her “viola da gamba” and Anthony Harvey who will woo us with his “theorbo.”

Another word for the “viola da gamba” is the “viol.” It comes from Italy and is made in a number of sizes, which can range from small to large. The “viola da gamba” was invented in the mid to late 1400’s and was played primarily in Renaissance and Baroque music.

The theorbo is a stringed instrument that is shaped similarly to the guitar, but is played like the harp and interestingly enough, the strings are not arranged in order of pitch. It entered onto the music scene about 100 years after the “viola da gamba” and originated in Florence, Italy.

The Artists:
Amy Domingues is a musician, composer and teacher in the DC area. Her accolades in music range from a Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and being a founding member of Corda Novo, an ensemble that specializes in Renaissance and Baroque music.

Anthony Harvey is a lecturer in music at Washington College in DC. He is also studying at the Peabody Conservatory and hopes to complete his diploma program this year, though he already has several from the Conservatory. He founded and performs with local ensemble, Charm City Baroque.

The infusion of Hip Hop and classical music is always a refreshing mix and WSM XI is the perfect representation of why this event is in existence; to bring together different genres of music that would not normally exist in the same room.