The ARTISLE festival is a series of Baroque chamber music concerts on period instruments performed on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Performing musicians are BC’s Paul Luchkow (violin), Carolyn Hatch (violin), Kerry Graham (bassoon), and Anne Duranceau (viola da gamba), along with guest artists Marco Vitale (harpsichord) and Romeo Ciuffa (flutes and recorders) from Italy.
September 29th, 7pm: Salt Spring Island / All Saints by-the-Sea Anglican Church
October 1st, 7pm: Pender Island / Pender Islands Community Hall, 4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd.
October 2nd, 7pm: Mayne Island / Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Rd.
Kerry Graham is a bassoonist who has studied with Chris Sales, Jesse Read, Julia Lockhart and Katrina Russell. Kerry graduated from UBC in 2017 with a BMus in Bassoon Performance. While at UBC she played in the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the UBC Early Music Ensemble, and participated in Early Music Vancouver’s Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Programme led by conductor and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann. Kerry is passionate about baroque music, and has participated in baroque music workshops and masterclasses in Canada, the USA and Europe. She was rewarded the Early Music Vancouver Scholarship in 2018 and 2020, and the San Francisco Early Music Society Scholarship in 2019. Kerry lives on Salt Spring Island where she plays in the Bach on the Rock Chamber Orchestra , the Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island (BESSIE) and the Faire Wyndes Quintet on Gabriola Island. She is the principal bassoonist of the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.
Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day, on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Western Canada’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver. At home on Vancouver Island, he performs regularly with Victoria Baroque, Victoria Symphony, the Early Music Society of the Islands, as well as at Victoria’s Pacific Baroque Festival.
Carolyn Hatch is a violin teacher and fiddler, living and teaching on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She studied violin and violin pedagogy with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and with Paul Rolland from the University of Illinois where she graduated with a Masters Degree in violin performance. Although classically trained she began adding fiddle tunes to her teaching while in Calgary, Alberta and founded the now famous Calgary Fiddlers. She has been teaching full time for over 43 years. For the past 10 years, Carolyn has become interested in playing and teaching Baroque music. She regularly teaches baroque music to her students and performs it with them. She loves playing baroque music on Salt Spring Island, has played in local Baroque music ensembles, and has attended workshops on Baroque performance practice. In 2020, Carolyn founded BESSI, the Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island.
Anne Duranceau studied double bass in Quebec City, and then at the University of Arizona where she obtained her Master’s degree. Extensive participation in international workshops and festivals has given her the opportunity to work with world-renowned masters of the double bass and, more recently, of the viola da gamba. Now settled in Vancouver, she plays with various chamber groups and orchestras, including Lions Gate Sinfonia and the Absinthe Ensemble string trio. She also plays bass viol (and sometimes treble viol, violone and/or lirone) with Vancouver Viols, the Historical Performance Ensemble, and various choirs and mixed ensembles.
Romeo Ciuffa is from Rome, Italy. He began playing music at eight years of age in a local band, and took his first flugelhorn classes at that time. In 1989 he studied french horn at the Conservatoire of S. Cecilia in Rome, under the supervision of M° Luciano Giuliani. Romeo also studied bass tuba and trombone at the Conservatoire. Here he studied different musical styles, but was most deeply touched and impressed by ancient music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Romeo then studied the recorder at the Conservatoire “O. Respighi” in Latina instructed by M° Paolo Capirci. He has attended master-classes in Italy and abroad with Marion Verrebruggen, Dan Laurin, Kees Boeke and Pedro Memelsdorff.
Besides his musical experiences in Italy, Romeo has held concerts in China (Beijing), North Korea (Pyongyang) and Mongolia (Ulan Bator), in Russia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Holland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Zambia, Syria, Germany, Japan, Finland, Estonia, Hungary, Albania. In 1997 Romeo founded the “Arcangelo Corelli Ensemble” with which he recorded ten CDs of excerpts from Seventeenth and Eighteenth century European music. In the following years he joined several Roman musicians specializing in baroque practice and formed the “Cappella Musicale Enrico Stuart Duke of York” giving Mr. Cuiffa the opportunity to record works by M.A. Charpentier, M.R. Delalande, J.P. Rameau, and J.B. de Boismortier.
In 2006 Romeo obtained his academic degree in Musicology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” summa cum laude. In 2012 he gave a master-class at the Royal College of Music of London at the department for the historical practice guided by Ashley Solomon. He is now the musical director of “Rassegna Cembalistica”, “I Concerti di Campagna”, “MonteCompatri in Jazz”: all musical events promoted in the “Castelli Romani” zone, near Rome, with musicians from all over the world.
Harpsichordist, organist and music director Marco Vitale was born in Palermo, Italy. After finishing studies in his hometown, he attended the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied harpsichord with Ton Koopman and organ with Jos van der Kooy, graduating with a master’s degree in Early Music. Throughout his career Marco has performed at the most prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Asia. From 2008-2011 Marco Vitale worked at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria, where he taught early music performance practice and performed concerts together with Syrian musicians.
He is the co-founder and musical director of Contrasto Armonico, an ensemble specializing in Baroque operas and the performance of music in the Italian style, using period instruments and historically informed performance practices. In 2012 he founded his own record label ayros, which features recordings by Contrasto Armonico and other artists. In a collaboration with ayros, Marco is currently involved in recording the Complete Italian Cantatas by Handel, a thrilling project that will bring to light many undiscovered jewels of Handel’s which have yet to be either edited or recorded. Marco has appeared on several radio and TV broadcasts, including the specialized music channel Mezzo.tv. In addition to ayros, he has recorded for Alia Vox, Naïve, and Brilliant Classics.
Mr. Vitale appeared as a guest conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera between 2015 and 2017, performing a variety of repertoire from Monteverdi madrigals to Mozart symphonies. In 2016-2017 he revived the opera Semiramide riconosciuta by Leonardo Vinci, conducting from the harpsichord at the Baroque Opera festival in Warsaw. This was the first time in three centuries that this opera had been performed.
In 2018 he composed Il ratto di Helena, an opera in 17th century style based on a libretto written by Virgilio Puccitelli (1636). The opera was commissioned by The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and performed in Vilnius in celebration of 100 years of Lithuanian independence.
Marco gives masterclasses in harpsichord and Early Music performance practice. He is the artistic director of the Arcadia Early Music Academy workshop in Poland and teaches at La Pellegrina summer school in the Czech Republic. He gives masterclasses, lectures and workshops at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Fondazione Paolo Grassi in Martina Franca (Italy), ESMUC in Barcelona, the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of Victoria in BC. Since 2017 Marco has been the music director of the Denman Baroque Workshop & Festival organized by Andrew Fyson and Robert Newton, which takes place every spring on Denman Island, British Columbia. Marco performs regularly with Jordi Savall’s ensembles Le Concert des Nations & Hespèrion XXI.
In January 2020 he toured British Columbia performing 15 harpsichord recitals, driving throughout the province braving snowstorms and the Coquihalla Highway.
Since 2020 he has been the artistic director of the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society.