Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The medieval music duo, Asteria, will present a demonstration and lecture at 6 p.m., April 4, in York College's DeMeester Recital Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. A reception will follow in Wolf Lobby, during which those in the audience may ask the members of the group any questions they may have. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Asteria has created an expanded lecture/demonstration during which they explain the cultural and historical roots of medieval music and poetry, sharing their investigations of medieval manuscripts and the transcription process and illustrating with examples from songs from those very manuscripts. Using photographs of their journeys to the very regions that produced such music, as well as images of medieval paintings and manuscripts, Asteria takes their audience on a visual as well as an audio trip back in time to the Middle Ages in a way that expresses the connection we have to the past.
Asteria specializes in researching and performing late medieval French and Burgundian court music to a variety of audiences across both North America and Europe. To date, they have released four studio albums; they were awarded Early Music America's first Unicorn Prize for Medieval and Renaissance Music in 2004.