Design by Austin Boyer
Cut Circle animates Renaissance music. Hailed as “masterful,” “driving,” “passionate,” and “pathbreaking,” the ensemble marries cutting-edge research with deep knowledge of and commitment to the music’s twists and turns. Cut Circle’s forward-looking approach is rooted in a flexible vocal technique and a belief that polyphony engages all the emotions, from the serious to the silly to the crushingly sad.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Cut Circle publishes recordings, gives concerts and lecture-recitals, and organizes workshops, masterclasses, and musical feasts. The ensemble performs internationally, with recent or upcoming appearances in the United States at the San Francisco Early Music Society and Stanford Live, and in Europe for the Fondazione Guido d’Arezzo (Arezzo, Italy), the FloReMus Festival (Florence, Italy), the Early Music Season (The Netherlands), the Tage Alter Musik (Regensburg, Germany), Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp, Belgium), and Musica Sacra (Maastricht, The Netherlands).
Founded in 2003 by Jesse Rodin (Director), Cut Circle specializes in music of the long fifteenth century—Guillaume Du Fay, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin des Prez, and their contemporaries. The ensemble is the recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to historical performing practices (American Musicological Society); the Prix Olivier Messiaen (France); Editor’s Choice (Gramophone, UK); and a Diapason d’Or (France).
Several albums are in the works, including a disc of positively riveting anonymous masses, to be published later this summer, and an album devoted to motets and songs by Josquin that is scheduled for release in 2022. Cut Circle records for the Belgian label Musique en Wallonie.
“Cut Circle” is a symbol that in the fifteenth century functioned as both a time signature (the “O” indicates triple meter) and a tempo marking (the “|” calls for an accelerated tempo). Taking the time to understand composers’ tempo instructions helps the music comes alive.
Cut Circle holds auditions on a rolling basis.