Musica Pacifica

is creating Dancing in the Isles, Part Two

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During the baroque era, public concerts simply didn't exist. Rich patrons and their friends could relax and enjoy private performances by composers and other professional musicians. The rest of us had to buy the sheet music and play for ourselves. 

If you've ever fantasized about being a privileged patron of the arts, funding passionate musicians while hearing lush private performances, now's your time to shine!

Since our start in the San Francisco Bay Area back in 1990, Musica Pacifica has become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles.

Cinemusical says, “Musica Pacifica remains one of the most interesting ensembles available on recording.” When we released our most popular album, Dancing In The Isles: Baroque and Traditional Music from England, Scotland, and Ireland, Classical Net Review applauded it for "liveliness and a heap of suave. As appropriate for dances, they get the feet moving. Where they need to arrange, they do so with great elegance. If you want to give yourself a refreshing break… I recommend this.”

We're just dying to do a sequel!

When we researched our Dancing in the Isles program, we found so many great pieces, and we couldn’t include them all in one album. We're sitting on a treasure trove of tunes: there are hundreds of great English country dance tunes and masque dances, an almost endless supply of toe-tapping Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton dances and melancholy ballads.... And many more ensemble pieces by English masters Purcell, Locke, Matteis, and Blow, as well as exciting virtuosic ground bass pieces from The Division Flute/Violin. 

We run on a shoestring budget, and it takes about $22,000 to create and produce a new album. Rather than simply asking for donations, we'd love to use this as an opportunity to share even more of the music we love with you. Choose your favorite reward level here, and relax with your own exclusive downloads, backstage peeks, and more!

Patrons at the $100 "Angel" level and above receive a full set of all our albums to date. Read on if you'd like to see what that includes! 

• J.S. Bach Trio Sonatas
This album immerses baroque music fans into not only how these sonatas must have sounded, on period instruments, but the delightful way they were often performed in daily life. If you didn’t happen to have an organ, but wanted to share this wonderful music with your talented friends, on the instruments you loved, it would have sounded very much like this album.

• Marin Marais: Pièces en Trio
Marin Marais was the most famous viol player in 17th century France. This is a set of over 60 of his pieces, for two melody instruments and basso continuo, assembled into six suites. They are mostly dance and free movements, with some wonderful variation movements. The music is unfailingly delightful, and full of lovely tunes.

• Alessandro Scarlatti: Concerti da Camera
The gems on this album showcase the playful and sprightly mood of Scarlatti’s instrumental explorations. He becomes by turns funny, modest, and flexible, celebrating the recorder and letting it develop different relationships with each of the other instruments. This album gives baroque music lovers the great and rare pleasure of seeing Scarlatti having fun.

• Francesco Mancini: Concerti da Camera
The variety and virtuosity of these pieces capture the excitement of the Baroque era, giving the listener a sound bite of that musical hotbed of innovation. Mancini moves freely from gracious, slow movements reminiscent of Handel, to the frothy, comic fun that his successor Pergosi would eventually become known for.

• Telemann: Chamber Cantatas and Trio Sonatas
A rare and exciting look at Telemann’s early work. From the appealing simple joy of the post-Christmas “In gering – und rauhen Schalen,” to the dramatic battle between the Spirit of Darkness and Spirit of Holiness in “Ergeuß dich zur Salbung,”Telemann: Chamber Cantatas and Trio Sonatas provides varied delights for the listener to feast on all year long.

• Vivaldi - La Notte: Concerti per Strumenti Diversi
This album has been called “one of the most satisfying performances of Vivaldi’s chamber concerti available.” With seldom-heard pieces, shapely and expressive phrasing, fiery fast passages, and melodic upper voices balanced against transparent continuo, this exciting CD will delight new and seasoned Vivaldi fans alike.

• Fire Beneath My Fingers
All of the composers featured on this program were first and foremost known as performers, and many of their concertos were written for them to perform personally. Recorded with remarkable clarity on period-accurate instruments, this album gives the listener the unique opportunity to travel back in time, and across continents, to hear these composers in a new light.

• Dancing in the Isles: Baroque and Traditional Music from England, Scotland, and Ireland
Our bestselling album of all time! Some of America’s most dynamic Baroque performers join us to present a mix of virtuoso chamber pieces, and our own arrangements of traditional tunes from Scotland, Ireland, and England – from toe-tapping Celtic reels and jigs to melancholy instrumental ballads and English country dances.

• Mi Palpita Il Cor: Baroque Passions
Passion is the album’s throughline. All the vocal works address different aspects of love, from anguish to humor, and the instrumental works are filled with emotional intensity as well. Soprano Dominique Labelle, a recognized expert in early music repertoire, provides the vocals; her voice has been described as “angelic,” “silvery,” and “vibrant."
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$96 of $250 per month
$250 in monthly gifts would go towards bringing in amazing guest artists to collaborate on Dancing in the Isles Part Two! In the past, we've worked with great performers like Ryland Angel and Dominique Labelle. When we reach this goal, we'll ask you all to vote on a special celebration gift for everybody -- maybe bonus concert tickets? A livestreamed performance just for you? We're listening!
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