Flying Forms


Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Flying Forms


Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

Excellence in Performance

Flying Forms presents a series of concerts at The Baroque Room in Saint Paul, Minnesota each season as well as in series throughout the state.
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Innovative Education

Currently Class Notes Artists in residence with Minnesota Public Radio, Flying Forms has worked with college students and secondary students in masterclasses, side-by-side concerts, and chamber music coachings. Up next is performing for and working with Suzuki students sharing the authentic sound of repertoire from the well-known method books.

Creative Collaboration

In our series at The Baroque Room we frequently collaborate with our colleagues, teachers, and students. From opera productions to Handel's The Messiah or Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and working with dancers and composers, Flying Forms has always pursued projects beyond our core instrumentation.

Recordings

New Music for Old Instruments
Our debut CD featuring the music of composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms recorded music for Minnesota Public Radio for their CD,
Taste of the Holidays, Volume 6, and as Class Notes Artists (2015 and 2017).

Flying Forms members Tulio Rondón and Tami Morse are gearing up to record the complete sonatas for viola da gamba and obligato harpsichord by J. S. Bach. Look for more information here when the recording is completed.

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About Flying Forms

Flying Forms
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord

Flying Forms, formed in 2005, is a baroque chamber music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Core members include Marc Levine, baroque violin, Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tami Morse, harpsichord. In Saint Paul, the group presents its own series of concerts each year at The Baroque Room, a performance space the group created in 2011. Recent programs have included complete sets of the Rameau harpsichord concerti, Corelli violin sonatas, J. S. Bach sonatas for violin or viola da gamba with obligato harpsichord, as well as larger programs featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the triple harpsichord concerti of J. S. Bach, and Handel’s The Messiah. Past performances have included concerts in notable venues and series including New York’s Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the DaeJeon Baroque music festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Boston Early Music Festival, where the group produced a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas.

A strong advocate for early music education, Flying Forms has, in addition to many visits and performances at colleges and secondary schools, been in residence with Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes artists. In these residencies, the group has given masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, given classroom presentations, and ran a complete summer program in baroque music performance.

Flying Forms has been heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio and is in demand as recitalists in the Twin Cities and across the region. The group also performs contemporary music written for historical instruments and has commissioned many new works for the ensemble or solo harpsichord. A testament to their commitment to new music is their debut CD, New Music for Old Instruments, featuring the music of Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul.

Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.

Marc Levine, baroque violin

Marc Levine enjoys a career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader specializing in performances on both modern and baroque violin. On baroque violin, Marc performs with his chamber ensemble, Flying Forms, that, in addition to performing standard and contemporary repertoire, also presents larger scale programs including oratorios and operas. In Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is based, Marc regularly appears as leader or section member with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Oratory | Sacred Bach, Consortium Carissimi, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. On modern violin, Marc performs chamber music from all eras on various series and with groups including the Lowertown Piano Trio (founding member), Minnesota Bach Ensemble, Minneapolis Music Company, and the MacPhail Spotlight Series. With many of these groups, both recorded and live, Marc has been featured many times as a soloist and ensemble player on Minnesota Public Radio. A noted entrepreneur, Marc co-founded The Baroque Room, a performance space in downtown Saint Paul that hosts over 50 events each year including the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, an event featuring the entire city's classical music scene and named one of the top ten classical music events of 2015 by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

Marc has recorded for Early Music New York on the Ex Cathedra label and with Flying Forms on a disc of new music written for the group by composer Nissim Schaul. A prizewinner in the 2008 American Bach Soloists International Competition for Baroque Violin, Marc has played with many noted early music ensembles around the United States and, on both baroque and modern violin, has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, Yale University, and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). In addition to work with Flying Forms as a performer of contemporary music, Marc has been a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, performed and recorded with the Center for Contemporary Opera (New York), Etc. Gallery (Chicago), and regularly collaborates with Saint Paul's own Zeitgeist.

As an educator, Marc speaks, coaches, and presents lecture recitals at universities on baroque performance practice and entrepreneurship. He has also appeared as a pre-concert lecturer for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Fanfare program. With Flying Forms, Marc has worked with students at Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Dickinson College, Concordia University, and the University of Minnesota, among others. Also with the group, Marc has held residencies with Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Minnesota Public Radio where he has coached, performed for and with pre-college students. Along with private individual instruction, Marc is on the faculties of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and MacPhail Center for the Arts.

Marc received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. He has studied with Franco Gulli, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, the Emerson String Quartet, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Marc Destrubé, among others. Marc plays on a Giovanni Pistucci violin and a Douglas Cox baroque violin.

Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba

Cellist and Gambist Tulio Rondón performs throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Tulio Rondón's performance career has taken him all over the world, sharing the stage with many internationally celebrated artists.

Tulio Rondón is in demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist. He has been on faculty as the viola da gamba instructor at the White Water Early Music Festival in Wisconsin. He joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola da gamba and baroque cello alongside Jaap ter Linden in the summer of 2012 and is currently a faculty member of the IMFA (International Music Festival of the Adriatic) in Duino, Italy.

Born in La Victoria, Venezuela, Tulio Rondón began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona. Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Mr. Rondón is currently the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

Tami Morse, harpsichord

Harpsichordist Tami Morse is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest and East Coast. With the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered "names to watch" (Berkshire Review for the Arts), Morse has been in residence at Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and with Minnesota Youth Symphonies. A finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, she also performs regularly with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Big Apple Baroque Band, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Morse has a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan where she studied with Edward Parmentier and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where she studied with Arthur Haas. In addition to her studies in the United States, Morse was awarded a DAAD grant, which she used to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Ketil Haugsand. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the performance space The Baroque Room in the Lowertown area of downtown Saint Paul.

Flying Forms 2017-18 Season Brochure

Flying Forms 2017-18 Concert Series

All concerts are held at The Baroque Room in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The Baroque Room is located at the NW corner of 4th/Wall Streets at 275 East 4th Street #280, Saint Paul, MN (Map).

A Baroque Christmas
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Our annual Christmas concert featuring classic works along with
carols, villancicos, fiddle tunes, and lute songs. As our most popular
concert, we recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time or requesting reserved seating. With guests Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; John West, recorder; Phillip Rukavina, lute; and Don Livingston, baroque triple harp, organ, and bells.

Friends in Threes: Bach, Telemann, & Frederick the Great
Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Three composers, three harpsichords, three concerti! Join Flying Forms, their friend and colleague Gabe Shuford (harpsichord), and their teacher, friend, and mentor Arthur Haas (harpsichord) for a very special concert.

PROGRAM
J. S. BACH Concerto in C Major for Three Harpsichords, BWV 1064
J. S. BACH Concerto in D Minor for Three Harpsichords, BWV 1063
TELEMANN Ouverture-Suite in D Major, TWV 55:D6
FREDERICK THE GREAT Sinfonia in G Major

Telemann in Paris
Friday, March 16 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Before traveling to Paris, Telemann prepared a set of works in the French style for traverso (baroque flute), violin, viola da gamba, and continuo called the Paris Quartets. Come hear Telemann beat the French at their own game with some of his best chamber works with guests Immanuel Davis and David Ross, traverso.

PROGRAM
TELEMANN
Selections from the Paris Quartets
Concerto Primo in G Major
Sonata Prima in A Major
Deuxième Suite in B Minor
Premiére Suite in D Major, Nouveaux Quators
BOISMORTIER Sonata à Quatre Parties, Op. 34, No. 6
BLAVET works for 2 flutes
FORQUERAY works for solo harpsichord

Bach's Viola da Gamba Sonatas
Friday, May 18 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Tulio Rondón and Tami Morse of Flying Forms are making a CD! Come hear them perform the complete J. S. Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and obligato harpsichord right before they head off to the studio.

PROGRAM
J. S. BACH
Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord
Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027
Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028
Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029

Suzuki Project

Some of the best baroque music written for the violin and cello is included in the sets of books used to teach the Suzuki method. During the 2018-19 school year Flying Forms will visit Suzuki programs across the Twin Cities to perform music found in the Suzuki books. For many students it will be the first time they hear the pieces they are learning performed professionally - not to mention played in an authentic style on original instruments!

Let us know if you are interested in bringing Flying Forms to your Suzuki program. This project can be tailored to the specific needs of your students - we can perform a concert, accompany students in a reading session, give a masterclass, play with students in concert, or lead an orchestra to play Bach and Vivaldi concerti for a reading session or concert.

Contact us to set up a date, ask questions, or share ideas. Be in touch!

Collaborators


Friends in Threes: Bach, Telemann, & Frederick the Great
Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Arthur Haas, harpsichord

The American harpsichordist and organist Arthur Haas is internationally renowned as a gifted pedagogue and performer of Baroque and contemporary music. After receiving top prize in the 1975 Paris harpsichord competition, he performed at most major French early music festivals, including the Festival Estival de Paris, Mai Musical de Bordeaux, and the Festival de Saintes. He has also appeared as a soloist in the Festival de Saintes, Spectaculum (Vienna), Festwochen der alten Musik (Innsbruck), Festival di Ascona, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Mostly Mozart (New York), and the Berkeley Music Festival.

His partners for duo recitals and concerts with early music specialists include Marius van Altena, Julianne Baird, James Bowman, Phoebe Carrai, William Christie, Alan Curtis, Bruce Dickey, Jan DeGaetani, Laurence Dreyfus, Paul Leenhouts, Judith Nelson, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Preston, and Marion Verbruggen.

Arthur Haas played the premiere performance of William Albright’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra in 1994. Currently he is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, Musical Assembly, and Collegium Atlantis. Praised by Le Monde for his interpretation of French keyboard music, he has recorded duo harpsichord music of Gaspard Le Roux with William Christie and solo CDs of music by Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, Forqueray, and harpsichord music of the English Restoration.

Mr. Haas is a faculty member of Stony Brook and Yale Universities and summer early music institutes at Berkeley, Amherst, and the Longy School of Music.

Gabe Shuford, harpsichord

Gabe Shuford is the recipient of the 2011 Baron Prize from Stony Brook University and top prize at the 2007 Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition. He is a member of Repast Baroque Ensemble and has performed with A Far Cry, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dorian Baroque, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, and The St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. He has presented programs with recorder player Paul Leenhouts at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Music Before 1800 concert series in New York City. A sought after soloist, he has been featured with the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey, Glorious Revolution Baroque, and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, where he performed C.P.E. Bach's Concerto For Harpsichord and Fortepiano with acclaimed fortepianist Malcom Bilson. Gabe's collaborations with saxophonist Lars Jacobsen led to their debut duo album, Jupiter Sextant, and upcoming EP, Evolving: A Lucid Dream. He also performs regularly with his wife, cellist and songwriter Erin Hall.

An enthusiastic teacher, Gabe has given masterclasses in performance practice at Ithaca College, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College during 2009–2010, where he taught harpsichord and directed the ensemble Collegium Musicum. He has served on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, and was co-director of the Stony Brook University Pre-College Jazz Workshop from 2005–2009. Gabe holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, where he studied with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. He is currently serving as Music Director at First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Connecticut.


Telemann in Paris
Friday, March 16 at 12:00 P.M. - Admission is FREE (preview)
Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Immanuel Davis, traverso

Immanuel Davis is one of the most versatile flutists of his generation. Equally at home on the modern and baroque flutes, Immanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. In 2005 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Since then he has performed as soloist and chamber player with such early music ensembles as Early Music New York, ARTEK, Lyra Baroque and the Bach Society of Minnesota and Mercury Orchestra of Houston. He has also had the pleasure of performing on NPR’s “Performance Today” and in recitals with baroque flute luminaries Barthold Kuijken and Wilbert Hazelzet.

Recently, Immanuel released his second CD, “On a Clear Morning”, a program of works by Philippe Gaubert performed on Period French Instruments – A 19th century Louis Lot Flute and an Erard Grand Piano.

Immanuel has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001. He is also an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

David Ross, traverso

Praised by the New York Times for the “limpid sweetness” of his baroque flute playing, David Ross performs frequently as a baroque flute soloist with the Sebastians in NYC, as principal flutist with Mercury in Houston, and many other ensembles including the English Concert, the Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, REBEL, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Washington Baroque Consort, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and the Oregon Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra.

David earned historical performance degrees from both the renowned Koninlijk Conservatorium in Holland and the relatively new program at the Juilliard School in NYC. Prior to his specialization in early music he studied modern flute at the Cleveland Institute of Music. David's expertise in historical flutes ranges from the emergence of the one-key baroque flute around 1700 to the many-key conical flutes of the late 1800s that would have been familiar to Brahms.


A Baroque Christmas
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 P.M. - Buy Tickets
Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 P.M. - Buy Tickets

Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

Carrie Henneman Shaw (2010 & 2017 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists awardee) is a St. Paul-based soprano who specializes in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary classical music. Carrie’s wide-ranging work includes several live-music- for-dance projects with such Minnesota composers as Jocelyn Hagen (Test Pilot, Slippery Fish) and Abbie Betinis, with whom she created the Schubert Club-commissioned Rib Cage, a collaboration with James Sewell Ballet. She tours internationally with Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a women’s quartet dedicated to the cultivation of new repertoire for treble voices, and Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based collective which can be heard on New Amsterdam Records’ 2016 release “Balter/Saunier”, a collaboration with rock band Deerhoof. As an early music specialist, Carrie has sung operatic roles with Boston Early Music Festival and regularly self-produces programs of 17th - and early 18th -century music in Minnesota, as well as collaborating with groups such as Mirandola Ensemble and Flying Forms. Carrie is adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Winona State University.

John West, recorder

John West makes things with music, words, and code in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2012 with a BA in philosophy and a Performance Degree in historical performance, where he was a featured performer in the Danenberg Honors recital, soloed with the Oberlin Baroque orchestra, and played with a select group of Oberlin musicians at the Boston Early Music festival. More recently, he has played with Flying Forms, the Minnesota Bach Society, and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. He is the co-founder of Et Cetera Gallery, where he composed, co-produced, and played in a contemporary operatic experience for historical instruments called King of that Also. His solo work, which includes a number of full-length concept recitals—Modern Mythologies, The Odyssey, and At the Loom—attempts to build coherent narratives using disparate songs as the base unit, exploring the interplay between the historical and ahistorical contexts of early music. A finalist at the 2009 Montreal International Recorder Competition, West received an award for creativity in programming and took fourth place. He has studied with Katherine Montoya, Allison Melville, and his mentor and friend Clea Galhano. John is a narrative technologist at the MIT Media Lab and an MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Phillip Rukavina, lute

Phillip Rukavina performs nationally and internationally as a lute and vihuela soloist, ensemble performer, and as a continuo lutenist. He has appeared at many early music festivals including the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013), the Boston Early Music Festival (2015), and appeared as a lute soloist at the European Lute Festival held in Füssen, Germany (2017). Phillip is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet and has performed with many prominent ensembles and individuals, including the Newberry Consort, the Rose Ensemble, the, sopranos Dame Emma Kirkby and Ellen Hargis, and others. Phillip has served on the faculty of the Lute Society of America's Summer Seminars and the Lute Program at the Amherst Early Music Festival. Phillip studied lute with Hopkinson Smith at the Academie Musical in Villecroze, France and in Basel Switzerland. In addition to his many ensemble recordings, Phillip has three highly acclaimed solo recordings to his credit, including his most recent Studio395 release Italian Lute Music 1508-1517 (2015).

Donald Livingston, baroque triple harp, organ, and bells

Keyboardist Donald Livingston collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. Founding director of the Twin Cities Early Music Festival and director of Ensemble Sprezzatura, he has performed with such ensembles as Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Musica Antigua (Panama City), La Donna Musicale (Boston), Lyra Baroque, and Glorious Revolution Baroque, Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as with soloists and collaborators Cléa Galhano, Immanuel Davis, Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Joel Frederiksen, Jed Wentz, Barthold Kuijken, and Dame Emma Kirkby. He has sung as a member of the Rose Ensemble, as well as with the Pro Arte Singers under the direction of Thomas Binkley and Paul Hillier at the Historical Performance Institute of the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied historical keyboard performance. He is currently organist at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Austin, Texas, where he is associated with the Butler School of Music and is harpsichordist with the Austin Baroque Orchestra.

Aside from musical endeavors, Livingston holds the Juris Doctor degree from the Mitchell-Hamline of Law, where his studies focused on copyright, entertainment and art law, and where he was a recipient of the CALI Award for Entertainment Law.