Windborne Quartet | Peterborough

windborne trio

Music in Bass Hall  presents Windborne, a group well known as a trio, but now touring as a quartet. A group of vocal chameleons, they first became enamored with world folk traditions as teens at Village Harmony singing camps.  They have continued to pursue music and dance as performers and teachers. Their program spans several centuries, including music from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, the Basque region, Bulgaria, and the United States.  They switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while regaling the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements.

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Winborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan and Lauren Breunig, who have sung together for years as Windborne Trio.  They are joined this winter by fellow Renewal Chorus singer Jeremy Carter-Gordon.  All four have traveled extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, and Renewal, leading workshops and giving concerts.

Specializing in close harmony singing, Windborne moves with ease between the soaring polyphony of Corsica, the striking chords of the Republic of Georgia, the close dissonances of Bulgaria, and the haunting blends of contemporary and traditional American tunes.  They have had the distinct pleasure of studying under a variety of music masters, including Corsican music scholar and composer Jean-Etienne Langianni; Georgian singers and members of Zedashe, Shergil Pirtskhelani and Ketevan Mindorashvili; director of the London Bulgarian Choir Dessislava Stefanova; and Matlakala Bopape, who leads the Polokwane Choir in South Africa.  Closer to home, they count folk music legends Tony Barrand, the Amidon family, Don Jamison, Neely Bruce, and Suzannah Park among their friends and mentors.

As a quartet, the singers have a vibrant energy and a strong connection, which is evident in their engaging performance. Their current program juxtaposes their clever settings of traditional and original American music (including Will’s own compositions) with traditional vocal music from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.  They educate as they perform, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.  Mary DesRosiers, folk musicologist for the Monadnock Folklore Society, acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”

“The singers of the Windborne… have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.”
-Peter Amidon