Thais St. Julien

Co-Host, Continuum

Thaïs St. Julien has performed everything from Gregorian chant to Gershwin, appearing in recitals, concerts and opera across the U.S.  The New Orleans native is co-director (with founder Milton Scheuermann)of New Orleans Musica da Camera, performing music of the 11th through 19th centuries.  She created and directs the group’s  women’s vocal ensemble, Vox Feminae, sometimes writing and arranging music for them. She and Scheuermann co-host the ensemble’s weekly program of early music, Continuum, aired on  WWNO 89.9FM, streamed on wwno.org. Twelve Musica da Camera productions featuring the soprano as soloist have been broadcast on National Public Radio, American Public Radio and Public Radio International.

Her passion for 18th and 19th century New Orleans music has led to lectures and performances across the country. She was featured on the internationally acclaimed series “Creole Cameos” produced by WWNO, and “Arc Light”, a video series produced by Amistad Research Center. The soprano has recorded for the Newport Classics, Centaur, Belle Alliance and Clark Constructions record labels. Her closest brush with the movies was as historic music advisor for “Interview with the Vampire”.

Recipient of the 2007 Louisiana Artist Fellowship in Music, St. Julien is also a SouthernArtistry.org artist, and has received a Gambit “Tribute to the Classical Arts” Life Time Achievement Award and the Historic District Landmarks Commission’s Pioneer in Preservation Honor Award. She’s also profiled in several Marquis “Who’s Who” publications.

When not reading a mystery novel or doing historical research, she’s a magician, (it’s a performance art, after all, not that much different from music). She also belongs to some nifty organizations - the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, the Knights of Slights and Mensa.

Ways to Connect

This week on Continnum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present music of "Olde England". Usually one thinks that early English music was all merry and joyous. Not so. And performances by three different early music ensembles will prove it.

You'll hear The King's Noyse, The Baltimore Consort, and The Hilliard Ensemble performing this music. So, tune in and listen to a cross-section of the music of "Olde" England.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music performed in "diminuito" style which refers to the Renaissance practice of embellishing a melody through improvisation, much as a jazz group might do today. Renaissance musicians improvised tunes familiar to audiences of the time.

The CD is Diminuito (Rolf Lislevand Ensemble) ECM New Series 2088 80013355-02

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a program of early music featuring four CDs whose names begin with "La".

No, they're not all CDs of vocal music, but a conglomeration of early music from various sources featuring various ensembles. The CDs used
are: La Folia (Jordi Savall et al) Alia Vox AV9805; La Messe des Fous (Barry Harward Consort) BNL BNL112746; La Dolce Vita (King's Singers & Tragicomedia) EMI CDC 7 54191 2; and La Bele Marie (Anonymous 4) Harmonia Mundi HMU 907312.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music of the Ars Subtilior (more subtle art). This is a musical style characterized by rhythmic and notational complexity, centered in Paris, Avignon in southern France, also in northern Spain at the end of the fourteenth century.

Performers include Ensemble Organum, The Orlando Consort, and The Huelgas Ensemble. The music is from the CD Harmonia Mundi - Century 7, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present examples of the first forms of polyphony, music composed for two or more melodies performed at the same time. Various examples are presented, including 12th Century Polyphony in Aquitaine, music from the 12th century School of Notre Dame, hockets from the 13th century Bamberg Manuscript, and motets from the 13th century Montpellier Codex.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present music from the collection of over 300 dances by the German composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621).

He published these under the name "Terpsichore", after the Greek Muse of the Dance. Included also are a few dances by the English contemporary of Praetorius, composer William Brade (1560-1630). The Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra performs under the direction of Skip Sempe.

The CD is: Terpsichore, Paradizo PA0011.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a brand new recording by New Orleans born Skip Sempe, directing his Paris based Capriccio Stravagante and also the Collegium Vocale of Gent. The music is the Requiem Mass of Baroque composer Jean Gilles (1668-1705).

This music was performed at the funeral of famous Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, on 27 September 1764, 250 years ago. Rameau was one of the most famous of the French Baroque composers as well as a recognized music theorist of his time.

This week on Continnum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a live recording of the concert by New Orleans Musica da Camera, Jongleur, Jester, Trickster, performed on 25 March 2012 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from their CD of the same name (Belle Alliance BA 006).

There's also a closing Estampie dance by New York's Ensemble for Early Music from the CD, Istanpitta II  (Lyrichord EMS 8022).

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann & Thais St. Julien celebrate the music of the ensemble Sequentia with A Sequentia Festival, using the CDs  Spielmann und Kleriker by Sequentia (DHM 7 49704 2 ), Oswald von Wolkenstein - Songs by Sequentia (DHM 05472-77302-2), and Trouveres by Sequentia (DHM 77155-2-RC).

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien conclude their series of Memorandum XXI with Part V, featuring the CD Memorandum XXI - Part V by Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance

Orchestra (Paradiso PA0012).

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