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.
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Berkely, CA 94704
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Boston, MA 02108
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645 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
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Rochester, NY 14607
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Ann Arbor, Mi 48109
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.