Dear SFRS and SRS members,
Hello, again, and welcome! Below are the details for our upcoming chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 19. Our conductor for this meeting will be Malachai Komanoff Bandy, whom some of you may know from the 2019 SFEMS Summer Recorder Workshop, where he taught and lectured, wowing the students with his deep knowledge of number symbolism as well as his musical skills. We are delighted to have this brilliant musician and teacher lead our chapters for the final (official) meeting of our season. And what a season it has been! We miss playing in person, of course, but what great opportunities we’ve had to be taught by these amazing professionals right in our own homes.
Our May conductor with a few of the many instruments he plays:
viol, recorder, krumhorn, and bagpipe
A native of Los Angeles, MALACHAI KOMANOFF BANDY , has amassed a professional performance record on some twenty instruments spanning over 800 years of music history. He graduated cum laude with Distinction in Research and Creative Work from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with double bass and music history degrees. In recent years, Malachai has performed as a violist da gamba, violonist, and renaissance double-reed player with various ensembles in the U.S. and Europe, including The Orpheon Consort, Ars Lyrica Houston, Voices of Music, Queens Baroque, Tesserae, and Ciaramella. He is also a featured soloist in Bear McCreary’s scores to the films 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016, playing yayli tanbur), Welcome Home (2018, playing viol), the Emmy-winning title theme for the STARZ television series DaVinci’s Demons (2013, playing viol), and the video game God of War (2018, playing nyckelharpa). After completing a Wagoner Fellowship-funded course of viola da gamba and organological study with José Vázquez in Austria, Spain, and Switzerland, Malachai received a Presser Graduate Award (2016) to create the first comprehensive aural catalog of the Orpheon Foundation’s fifty historical violas da gamba (Duino, Italy). He is currently a PhD candidate and Oakley Fellow in Historical Musicology at the USC Thornton School of Music, in 2020 and 2021 taught courses as Visiting Lecturer at both Pomona College and Scripps College, and was the 2019 recipient of both the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music’s Irene Alm Memorial Prize and the AMS Pacific Southwest Chapter’s Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology. Malachai’s scholarly interests include topics pertaining to occult philosophy, number symbolism, and Rosicrucianism in the North-German Baroque, as well as viola da gamba technique, repertoire, instrument design, and iconography.
Malachai has compiled an all Michael Praetorius program for next week, marking the 400th-anniversary of his death. (Praetorius lived from 1571 to 1621 and, incredibly, died on his 50th birthday.) And besides, says Malachai, “he’s, like, the absolute greatest polyphonist ever”. He further says, “For whatever reason, polychoral logistics aside during COVID, it seems that Josquin is still getting a lot more attention (for his 500th) than Praetorius. So, let’s change that–and after the year we’ve all had, some texts about regeneration and redemption never hurt, not to mention the opportunity to play 8-voice polyphony ‘together’ again. I can’t wait!”
NB: Parts are labeled by voice type, not recorder size, but have noted which instruments are recommended for each line below.
- Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen (SATB) 1-page SCORE)
- In Natali Domini (SSAB or A8A8TB) 2-page SCORE
- In dulci jubilo (single-line chorale in original notation) – all sizes of recorder, 1 page
In dulci jubilo à 8 (SA8TB and SA8TB) 3-page, 2-voice PARTS
- Angelus ad pastores ait (SA8(or S)TB and SA8TB) 2-page PARTS
- Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Veni redemptor) – single-line chorale in original notation – all sizes of recorder, 1 page
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland à 8 (SA8TB and SA8TB) 2-page PARTS
- A selection from Terpsichore (SATB) scores *
The usual details of when and where for Wednesday’s meeting:
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Where: In the comfort of your own living room, den, garden shed, office, house boat, kitchen, garage, camper van, or studio.
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Note: Please sign in a few minutes early. The meeting will be open at 7:15.
A voluntary participation fee of $15 for guests (non-SFRS or SRS members) will help to pay our professional conductors, and gratefully accept contributions of any amount, but this is not obligatory. To contribute, send any amount via PayPal by clicking on the link below. Payment can also be made through Venmo – sent to @Greta-Haug-Hryciw.
Our Very Special Thanks to all who continue to support our chapter, for your membership and participation, and for your love and enthusiasm for the recorder.
Please check in on our website from time to time, where you will find information about our conductors, other chapter news, archival flyers and concert programs, photos, and more. The new “In Memoriam” page has a nice tribute to our late member and friend Jay Kreuzer. The SFRS website is certified with an SSL for your browsing security.
Attachments: The Music: Six pieces, carefully curated by Malachai to fit perfectly on recorders. Download before printing for the best result. Selections 4 and 5 have two files each: one for each choir (4 parts per file).
Very Special Thanks to all who continue to support our chapter, for your membership and participation, and for your love and enthusiasm for the recorder.
We are eager to see you next week online, but we really can’t wait to see you in person again, and meet at our San Francisco home, Christ Church Lutheran on 20th Ave at Quintara. We will resume playing at Sunday services in September and send our fond regards to the congregation and Pastors Tom McQueen and Lyle Beckman.
Thanks everyone. Hope to see you on the 19th!