Nigel North – Early Music Series 2015-2016

4 p.m. Sun., Mar. 20 at the Byron Colby Barn

Nigel North_editedJoin us for a performance by internationally renowned lutenist Nigel North during the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $20 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.

“Perhaps he is the greatest performer of the instrument of all time. Transcriptions from cello music featured in the first half reminded us of North’s wonderful fluidity and subtlety of expression, which enables him to knit together lines of melody in such a way as to imply rich harmony . . . the basic sincerity of his approach comes over well in live recitals” Stephen Daw, in the Birmingham Post (England).

Nigel North‘s “Cantabile” program at the Byron Colby Barn features music by Sylvius Weiss and J.S. Bach together with shorter works by Weiss including Fantasies, Fugues and the Tombeau for Count Logy, and BWV 998 of Bach (Prelude Fugue and Allegro).

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.

About Nigel North

Nigel North was initially inspired into music, at age 7, by the early 60’s instrumental pop group “The Shadows”. Nigel studied classical music through the violin and guitar, eventually discovering his real path in life, the lute, when he was 15. Basically self taught on the lute, he has (for over 30 years) developed a unique musical life which embraces activities as a teacher, accompanist, soloist, director and writer. He has worked internationally with many of the world’s leading baroque ensembles, has produced over 100 recordings including a series titled “Bach on the Lute”, and has published numerous works including “Continuo Playing on the Lute, Archlute, and Theorbo”.

Some milestones during his illustrious career include the publication of a continuo tutor (Faber 1987-) representing his work and passion for this subject. The music of J.S. Bach has been another passion, and the 4 Volume CD collection “Bach on the Lute” was recorded on the Linn Records label (1994-1997), now available as a 4 disc box set. The ensemble Romanesca was formed by Nigel, together with Andrew Manze (violin) and John Toll (harpsichord & organ). For ten years (1988-1998) they explored, performed and recorded 17th century chamber music winning several international awards for their recordings.

Nigel North enjoys accompanying singers and is also an enthusiastic teacher. For over 20 years he was Professor of Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London; from 1993-1999 he was Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin; 2005-2207 he was Lute Professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands. Since January 1999 he has been Professor of Lute at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington in the USA.

Recent recording projects have included Robert Dowland’s “A Musical Banquet” with soprano Monika Mauch for ECM (2008), Lute Songs with tenor Charles Daniels for ATMA (2007) and the Lute Music of Robert Johnson for Naxos (2010).