Driftwood Consort is an artist collective that brings together musicians of Santa Cruz and the greater SF Bay Area that are dedicated to performing on period instruments ranging from the Renaissance through Romantic periods. We explore and present the cultural context of the music we are performing, making it relevant to audiences today.
Driftwood’s concerts feature chamber music with ensembles of about 5-7 players, all of whom are active professional performers who play with group ranging from Monterey to Berkeley and beyond. The ensemble’s core members work and live in the Santa Cruz community.
LARS JOHANNESSON, flutist, is an active performer and teacher in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Lars studied modern flute with Lloyd Gowen and Tim Day at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he also began playing Baroque flute. He pursued post-graduate studies in Baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Holland. Over the years, Lars has performed with numerous West Coast early music ensembles and orchestras, as well as a variety of modern instrument groups. Recent engagements include performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, California Bach Society orchestra and Santa Cruz Chamber Players. Having an interest in different musical genres, Lars also performs Celtic, Swedish and other traditional music. As a studio musician, Lars has recorded for numerous CD releases, including many on the local Gourd Music label. Lars lives in Santa Cruz and has a website at www.larsjohannesson.com.
ALISSA ROEDIG is a flutist performing on historic and modern flutes. Originally from Germany, she came to the United States to study at Cornell University completing a B.A. in Music, and then received her M.A. in music from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on performance practice. Her masters thesis and recital presented a comparative study of improvisation practices on the transverse flute in different musical cultures. Since then her performance and research interests have concentrated on the baroque flute. As a free-lance musician Alissa has performed with the SC Baroque Festival, SC Chamber Players, the San Jose Symphonic Choir, Jubilate and the SF Choral Society, the California Bach Society, and others. She has a website at www.alissaroedig.com
AMY BRODO. A cellist and gambist, Ms. Brodo performed for many years in Italy, Israel, and England before moving to San Francisco, with positions including assistant principal cellist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy, and cellist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Players, the Norskbarok Orchester, and the Hanover Band. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Brodo has performed on viola da gamba and baroque cello with Lux Musica, Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, El Mundo, I Favoriti, Yatan A Tan. She has performed at Festivals such as the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Berkeley Early Music, the Beaunne, France Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart. She has recorded for CDI, Centaur, Sony, DDG, Koch, Helicon, Kleos, and New Albion. She also performs with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and other East Coast groups and is the director of La Tarantella Fresca and the Four Spices Cello Quartet.
SHEILA WILLEY, soprano, enjoys performing repertoire from a broad range of styles and periods. As a concert stage soloist, her credits include Stravinsky’s Cantata, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Carissimi’s Iudicium Extremum, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Iphis in Handel’s Jephtha. Ms Willey has appeared with the New Music Works ensemble in Santa Cruz and the Worn Chamber Ensemble in San Francisco, performing various new works. In opera, she has performed among others the roles of Donna Anna, Helena, the Contessa d’Ralmaviva, Rose Maurrant, Sophie Scholl in Udo Zimmerman’s Weiß Rose, Cornelia in the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar with Ensemble Parallèle, Constanze in Abduction with Berkeley Opera, and Cunegonde in Candide with Cinnabar Opera. Ms Willey holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She directs the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Choir and the Fiat Musica women’s choir in addition to teaching voice.
JONATHAN RHODES LEE (keyboards) has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras in the United States and abroad. After finishing undergraduate studies at Colgate University, Jonathan completed his Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory, and subsequently studied at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, Netherlands as a Netherland-America Foundation Fulbright scholar. Jonathan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Around the Bay Area, Jonathan has appeared with groups such as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Vermillion, and the Sarabande Baroque Ensemble, which he co-directed from 2001-2004. Jonathan has served as guest lecturer for the California Music Teachers’ Association and the Music Teachers’ National Association, has adjudicated for the Jr. Bach and Contra Costa County Baroque Festivals, and has offered masterclasses in Baroque Performance Practice for the San Francisco Conservatory’s Preparatory Division. He has recorded music of seventeenth-century Italy on the Fafarela label, and is currently recording a solo harpsichord album of late eighteenth-century French music. In addition to his performing activities, Jonathan offers services as an instrument technician. Jonathan is also the co-author of The Goldberg Variations Reader: A Performer’s Guide for Teachers and Students, which appeared in print in September, 2002. His harpsichord instructors have included Jacques Ogg, Davitt Moroney, Laurette Goldberg, and Joscelyn Godwin.