Infusion Baroque

baroque ensemble
Alexa Raine-Wright, baroque flute and recorder
Sallynee  Amawat, baroque violin
Andrea Stewart, baroque cello
Rona Nadler, harpsichord

“Infusion Baroque has it all: brilliant virtuosity, musical integrity and a concert presence unlike any other.”

— La Scena Musicale

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About Infusion Baroque

Infusion Baroque draws new audiences to early music through a truly captivating concert experience, deftly combining seasoned musicianship with theatrical elements. Playing music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries on historical instruments, the four women of Infusion Baroque enthrall audiences across North America with their creative and interactive programming. 


Infusion’s newest touring program Virtuosa” tells the stories of historical women performers who made their mark despite facing considerable barriers and stigma. Other programming includes Who Killed Leclair?, an interactive murder mystery soirée based on the unsolved murder of the famous musician; Rebels and Rivalries, featuring scandalous stories from the lives of great composers; and Son of a Bach!, which narrates the multigenerational saga of the famous musical family. 


Infusion Baroque performs with “polish, energy, and finely-honed style… merrily breaking established traditions” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Their most recent recording of newly discovered quintets by G.A. Kreüsser was nominated for an Opus Prize by the Conseil Québecois de musique, and was praised as “superb… combining spontaneity and abandon with technical perfection” (Fanfare). The ensemble’s debut recording of trio sonatas by C.P.E. Bach was described as “real baroque … gripping and full of character” (Radio-Canada). Since 2017, Infusion Baroque has been exploring the lives of historical women performers through The Virtuosa Project, including concerts, a web video series, and an upcoming recording and documentary.

Infusion Baroque attire de nouveaux publics à la musique ancienne grâce à une expérience de concert vraiment captivante, combinant adroitement la musicalité chevronnée avec des éléments théâtraux. Jouant de la musique des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles sur des instruments historiques, les quatre femmes d'Infusion Baroque fascinent les auditoires à travers l'Amérique du Nord avec leur programmation créative et interactive. 


Le dernier programme d’Infusion, Virtuosa, raconte l’histoire de femmes interprètes historiques qui se sont démarquées en dépit de nombreux obstacles et stigmates. Parmi les autres programmes, on retrouve Qui a tué Leclair?, une soirée interactive de meurtre et mystère basée sur le meurtre non résolu du célèbre musicien; Rebelles & rivaux, mettant en vedette des histoires scandaleuses de la vie de grands compositeurs; et Bach: La Nouvelle Génération, qui raconte la saga multigénérationnelle de la célèbre famille de musiciens. 


Infusion Baroque joue avec «un style raffiné, énergique et finement aiguisé ... brisant joyeusement les traditions établies» (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Leur plus récent enregistrement de quintettes de G.A. Kreüsser, récemment découvertes, a été salué comme « superbe… combinant spontanéité et abandon avec perfection technique » (Fanfare), tandis que leur premier enregistrement de sonates en trio par C.P.E. Bach a été qualifié de «vrai baroque, mais qui a de la poigne [et] beaucoup de caractère.» (Radio-Canada). Depuis 2017, Infusion Baroque explore la vie de femmes interprètes historiques dans le cadre du projet Virtuosa, au travers de concerts, d’une websérie, et d’un futur enregistrement et documentaire.

Programmes and projects

Virtuosa

 

Women made their mark on baroque music not only as muses, but also as virtuoso performers and composers. Mozart wrote his famous sonata K454 for the Mantuan virtuosa Regina Strinasacchi, while Vivaldi composed most of his vast musical output for the incredibly talented women of the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. None other than Casanova was smitten by cellist Henriette de Schnetzmann's impromptu rendition of a concerto by Antonio Vandini. And women such as Ana Bon, Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre and Barbara Strozzi were acclaimed performers of their own compositions. Infusion Baroque presents an all-female tour-de-force celebrating the talent and prowess of women musicians throughout the ages!

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Who Killed Leclair?

 

Infusion Baroque invites you to investigate the true murder of violinist-composer Jean-Marie Leclair, found murdered in his home in Paris on October 23, 1764. Despite a thorough investigation and a plethora of suspects, no one was ever charged with the crime. Was it the composer’s estranged wife? A jealous colleague? Or something more sinister? Learn the details of the original investigation while enjoying a sumptuous program of music by Leclair and his contemporaries, and get to the bottom of Who Killed Leclair! This programme is also offered in an interactive game version, where audience members take on the roles of the suspects and investigator and attempt to solve the crime together.

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Son of a Bach!

 

In addition to his tremendous achievements as a composer and musician, Johann Sebastian Bach is famous for having fathered many children, several of whom went on to have successful musical careers. This program explores the different musical personalities of the sons of Bach: the enigmatic Wilhelm Friedmann; the inventive and sensitive Carl Philipp Emanuel; and the cheerfully conservative Johann Christoph Friedrich. This program also includes music by “Papa Bach” himself and Georg Philip Telemann, who was the godfather of C.P.E. Bach.

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Recording Projects
 

Upcoming recording projects include, #virtuELLES - a web series and social media campaign celebrating women of the past and present making music at home; "The Scottish Connection" - a new film-concert with Meagan Zantingh, mezzo-soprano; and the recording their next album Virtuosa to be released in the Fall of 2021 under the Leaf Music label.

Reviews

RADIO-CANADA

 

“Infusion Baroque plays with smiles in their bows and their fingers.” 

—  Frédéric Cardin,

Janvier 2019

LA SCENA MUSICALE

 

“Infusion Baroque has it all: brilliant virtuosity, musical integrity and a concert presence unlike any other.” 

—  Carol Xion,

November 2018

RADIO-CANADA

 

“This is real baroque... gripping and full of character.” 

—  Medium Large

February 2017

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