Frances Blaker, Co-Founder and Artistic Director
Frances Blaker, Recorders, performs on recorders of all types and sizes as a soloist and with Ensemble Vermillian, Farallon Recorder Quartet, Calextone, Sitka Trio and Tibia Recorder Duo. As a member of Ensemble Vermillian, she explores, transcribes, performs and records chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. She has performed as soloist with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, with the North Carolina H.I.P. Festival, with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, and others. Performances with numerous other groups have taken Ms. Blaker around the US, Denmark, England, France, Italy and The Netherlands. She is conductor and music director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and of BABO (Bay Area Baroque Orchestra), a community orchestra for accomplished amateur players.
Ms. Blaker received her Music Pedagogical and Performance degrees in recorder from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Eva Legêne. She also studied with Marion Verbruggen in The Netherlands. As co-director of Tibia Adventures in Music, she organizes workshops for small groups of adult students in the US, France, Italy and Great Britain. She has been co-director of both the SFEMS Medieval and Renaissance workshop and the Baroque workshop, and is now director of the Amherst Early Music Festival. She teaches recorder privately, both in person and long distance via Skype, and is a sought after instructor at workshops all around the US. Ms. Blaker is the author of The Recorder Player's Companion and the "Opening Measures" column in the American Recorder, which was published in book form in 2014, and a collaborator and performer on the Disc Continuo series of play-along recordings.
As a composer, Frances Blaker has been awarded month-long residencies focusing on music composition at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon in April 2003, 2006, and 2011. She has received commissions to compose works for Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel Valley, CA, and the Oregon Coast Recorder Society. She is currently working on a number of pieces, and is pondering how to depict in music the crystalline structures found in certain meteorites.
Her compositions have been published by PRB Productions and Lost in Time Press.
Ms. Blaker can be heard on Ensemble Vermillian’s two-volume survey of German 17th century chamber music centering around Buxtehude’s opus 1, Stolen Jewels, and Buried Treasure, and with the Farallon Recorder Quartet in works Ludwig Senfl, and music from England: From Albion’s Shores.
Barbara Blaker Krumdiek, Co-Founder and Administrative Director
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck baroque cellist, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, studied with Phoebe Carrai at the Hilversum Conservatory of Music in The Netherlands. While in Europe, she participated in several performance and CD recording projects with Concerto Köln, including performances at the Paris Opera House and The Palace of Versailles.
A specialist in the continuo of 17th and 18th century music, Ms Krumdieck performs in many baroque chamber ensembles, and along with her sister Frances Blaker is a founding member of Ensemble Vermillian which has recorded 3 CDs of 17th century German chamber music. The third CD will be available in autumn of 2017. She is also cellist with Heartland Baroque https://heartlandbaroque.org whose first CD titled “The Benevolent Monarch” will be released in spring of 2018.
Barbara may also be heard on a CD of Music by sons of Bach, where she plays cello in all 3 of the piano quartets of CPE Bach, with renowned forte pianist Andrew Willis and period flute player Rebecca Troxler.
Ms Krumdieck is the co-founder and administrative director of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, a period instrument orchestra which performs instrumental concerts under conductor Frances Blaker, as well as concerts with various choirs throughout the southeastern United States, including Bach Akademie of Charlotte, S.C. Bach, and Raleigh Bach Soloists. She is the artistic director of Music at St. Alban’s concert series in Davidson, NC and former artistic director of Center City Concerts in Charlotte, NC. In 2015 she founded Early Music for Grace, a 5 day concert festival in Berkeley, CA in memory of her daughter.