Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbruggen, Jacques Ogg, Belladonna, Lanzelotte/Galhano Duo and Kingsbery Ensemble. As a featured soloist, Galhano has worked with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Musical Offering and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.
Among other important music festivals, Ms. Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival and at the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany. Venues at which she has performed include Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. Ms. Galhano was featured at the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland in 2006, at the International Recorder Conference in Montréal in 2007 and 2013, and at the ARS International Conference in Portland, Oregon in 2012.
She gave her Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in May 2010 and her second Weill Hall recital in December 2013 with the international Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo.
Galhano studied at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in Brazil, the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a LASPAU, Fulbright Scholarship and support from the Dutch government. As an advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, she served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society. Ms. Galhano recently received the prestigious 2013 McKnight fellowship award, and MSAB Cultural Collaborative and MSAB Arts Initiative grants.
Laura Kuhlman, Music Director
Laura Kuhlman is a recent transplant to Portland, OR from Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many years as a freelance musician. From Bach to Broadway, Laura has enjoyed partnerships with several early music ensembles including the Burgundian Ensemble, Masqued Phoenix, and the Too Early Consort. In 2011, Laura performed with members of Lizodes in Ecuador and in 2012 with members of Piffaro for the Washington DC Revels and in December 2016 with the Portland Revels. Laura has performed with theater orchestras in the Chicago area, including Pheasant Run, Oak Park & River Forest Stage Productions. Laura will share the stage once again with Piffaro in the Washington, DC Revels this coming December 2018.
Laura is the music director for the Portland Recorder Society and the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon, in addition to CGEMR. She is the recent past President of the national American Recorder Society. Along with Juan Carlos Arango and Robert Wiemken, Laura organized the Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop, now in its 18th season and has taught at the Kalamazoo Recorder Workshop in Kalamzoo, MI, the San Francisco Recorder Workshop in California, Whitewater Early Music Festival in Wisconsin and recently the Vernon Proms Festival in Vernon, BC, Canada.
Laura performs with The Oregon Renaissance Band in Portland. She is the musician scheduler and performer for the English Country Dance community in Portland. She also teaches flute, saxophone, recorder, early double reeds and renaissance bagpipes both at workshops and in her private studio.
Phil Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbutt, and numerous other wind and stringed instruments, co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, which has performed for the Regensburg Early Music Festival, and recorded the CDs Carnevale and Now make we joye. He has produced and recorded seven CDs for Pandourion Records, including French Music of the 14th Century, Music of the Ancient Greeks, and The One Horse Open Sleigh. He appears in the award-winning film “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons, and recorded music on ancient instruments for the recent remake of Ben-Hur. He has written and recorded music for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at several ancient theater sites in Greece. He teaches Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band classes at the Community Music Center in Portland. Phil is a member of The Trail Band, has performed under the direction of Christopher Hogwood and Nicholas McGeegan, recorded with the American Bach Soloists, and has played in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. He has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for recorder ensemble, brass ensemble, and symphonic wind ensemble, including “Theme and Variations” that won first place in the San Francisco Recorder Composition Competition. He has built with his wife Gayle over 400 early wind and stringed instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, douçaines and racketts.
Miyo Aoki, recorder, has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland with groups including Salish Sea Players, Bloomington Early Music Festival Opera Orchestra, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Seattle-based chamber group sound|counterpoint. She performs music ranging from medieval to modern and has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams and Agnes Dorwarth. Miyo holds a KAZ Diplom (Artist Diploma) from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol. While living in Bremen, she maintained a private studio and worked in the musical outreach program “Musik-im-Ohr”, based in Die Glocke, the Bremen concert hall. She holds degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêneand taught as an Associate Instructor in the Pre-College Recorder Program. Most recently, Miyo performed at the Whidbey Island Music Festival, taught at the 2015 Port Townsend Workshop and helped to create the new chamber music series, Salmon Run Concerts, currently in its inaugural season.
Gayle Stuwe Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international acclaim for her renditions of the “Song of Seikilos,” the “Chorus from Orestes,” and others upon the release of Ensemble De Organographia’s CD Music of the Ancient Greeks. Several of the tracks from that recording have also appeared in the Norton Scores Recorded Anthology of Western Music, and numerous films and television programs. She appears in the award-winning film “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons, and recorded music that is heard in the recent remake of Ben-Hur. She composed and arranged music for the 2015 production of “Mary Stuart” for Northwest Classical Theatre. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan. She co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, now in its 27th season. Gayle is a member of the Trail Band and has played under the baton of Monica Huggett and Ton Koopman. She teaches Recorder, Collegium Musicum and Renaissance Song classes at Portland’s Community Music Center. She has given workshops and presentations at many institutions, including Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Center. She has built with her husband Phil over 400 early wind and stringed instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, racketts, and vielles.
Adam Gilbert, musicology, recorder and historical double reeds, is one of the premier international players of the Renaissance shawm. He grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. The first graduate of the Early Music program at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, he has performed as a member of New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, the Waverly Consort and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. He has appeared with ensembles such as Calliope, ARTEK, New York Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble, The Court Dance Company of New York, the Folger Consort, Concert Royal, The Bach Ensemble, Chatham Baroque, Newberry Consort, Canto (Colombia) and La Caccia Alta (Belgium) among others. He is also a founding member of ensemble Ciaramella, which performs concerts of fifteenth-century music in the U.S., Israel, and Belgium, and has recorded on the Naxos label.