Lyracle is an ensemble dedicated to repertoire featuring voice and viol-family instruments. We founded Lyracle in 2018 to bring creative, unique, and historically informed performances to audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with early music. Our current focus is the largely forgotten art of accompanying the solo voice with a single viol, and we hope to help give this unique practice the attention it deserves.

Mezzo-soprano Ashley Mulcahy is a recent graduate of the Voxtet Program (MM ‘19) at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, which provides four students each year a full scholarship to study early music, oratorio, and chamber music. At Yale, Ashley studied with James Taylor and had the opportunity to work with many internationally renowned conductors, including Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, David Hill, and Simon Carrington, and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Ashley has performed with numerous ensembles including Bach Collegium Japan, Theatre of Voices, New York State Baroque, The Newberry Consort, and Music of the Baroque. She recently relocated to the Boston area, where she is a regular soloist at Marsh Chapel, under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett. Ashley was a Young Artist at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival and earned a BA in Italian and a BM in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Carmen Pelton.

James Perretta enjoys pursuing a variety of musical and academic endeavors. James recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied viola da gamba and baroque cello with Enid Sutherland, completed a BM in modern cello with Richard Aaron, and earned a MS in Computer Science and Engineering. From 2017-2019, James founded and directed a student viol consort in Ann Arbor, introducing consort playing to students unfamiliar with the instrument. In addition to music for voice and viol, James is passionate about exploring 16th and 17th century styles of improvisation. James currently resides in Boston and teaches viola da gamba at the Powers Music School. During his undergraduate years, James also served as Principal Cellist in the University Symphony Orchestra, was seated as second-chair cellist in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, and was a finalist in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.

Early Music America Emerging Artist Showcase
June 10, 2020 (time TBA)
Hertz Hall, UC Berkely
101 Cross-Sproul Path
Berkely, CA 94704
Past Events
Lyracle at I Am Books
February 15, 2020 at 6:00pm
I Am Books
189 North St
Boston, MA 02113
Molza: Music for a Muse
Free Admission
Tuesday Recitals Series
September 17, 2019 at 12:15pm
King's Chapel
58 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02108
Molza: Music for a Muse
Suggested Donation: $5
Gamba Gamut at BEMF Fringe
June 14, 2019 at 1:30pm (the full concert begins at 11:30am)
Old South Church in Boston
Gordon Chapel (enter from Boylston St and turn left)
645 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Voice and Viol: History's Forgotten Dynamic Duo
$10 suggested donation
Visit the event's Facebook page for more information
Long Island Early Music Festival
May 12, 2019 at 4:00pm
Cathedral of the Incarnation
50 Cathedral Ave
Garden City, NY 11530
Voice and Viol: History's Forgotten Dynamic Duo
Tickets available online via Realm
Visit the Cathedral of the Incarnation's website for the full 2019 season
GEMS Midtown Concert Series
St. Bartholomews Church, chapel
325 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Free admission
Pegasus Rising Concert Series
Third Presbyterian Church, chapel
East Ave. near 4 Meigs St.
Rochester, NY 14607
Voice and Viol: History's Forgotten Dynamic Duo
Duderstadt Center Gallery, University of Michigan
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Mi 48109
Free admission
Plaguelist Ep. 1 - Ti lascio anima mia
Introducing Plaguelist, a new series of videos where we pay homage to great art made during challenging times by exploring music published during past public health crises. Although Lyracle’s primary mission is to explore historical music for voice and viol, current circumstances have prompted us to broaden our horizons in service of this new project. Our first episode features "Ti lascio anima mia" from Girolamo Frescobaldi's Second Book of Arias. Visit this link for text and translations, information on the poem, and historical context.
Plaguelist Ep. 2 - Hermosas y enojadas
In our second episode of Plaguelist we explore “Hermosas y enojadas,” a romance by Mateo Romero. King Philip III appointed Romero as Capellmeister and Maestro of Chamber Music during the 1596-1602 Castilian plague outbreak. Like most of Romero’s extant secular output, “Hermosas y enojadas” appears in the Cancionero de la Sablonara. Visit this link for a translation of the text and more historical context.

Molza: Music for a Muse
We celebrate the talents and accomplishments of Tarqunia Molza (1542-1617), the virtuosic soprano, viol player, and highly paid employee at the Este Court in Ferrara, who was known for her unrivaled ability to accompany her own singing on the viol.

Voice and Viol: History's Forgotten Dynamic Duo
In this program we trace the the tradition of accompanying a solo voice with a single viol from its roots in 16th century Italy to its heyday in early 17th century England.

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