Ensemble Galilei is an ensemble of players from both classical and Celtic backgrounds, playing Irish and Scottish airs and dance tunes, early and medieval music, and original compositions. The ensemble has performed globally for almost twenty-five years and has been featured on multiple recordings and radio performances. Individual collaborators include Neal Conan, Anne Garrels, Bob Berky, Lily Knight, Adrian LaTourelle, Hanneke Cassel Block, and Bill Pullman. Notable institutional collaborators have been National Geographic and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ronn McFarlane (lute) and Carolyn Surrick (viola da gamba) are masters of their instruments, compelling performers, and when working in collaboration, consummate musicians bringing music to life from Ireland and Scotland and the Renaissance and Baroque. Some of their collaborative works include A Star in the East, From War and Here, and Fermi’s Paradox, to name a few.
John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, and Bruce Forman resurrect the musical legacy of their mentors Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, and Shelly Manne with The Poll Winners Revisited. Performing on their mentors’ original instruments, Clayton, Hamilton, and Forman have created a beautiful homage to the original trio that inspired jazz enthusiasts world-wide.