Passamezzo Moderno, founded in 2005, is a period ensemble that performs the music of three centuries, from 1530 to 1830, and specializes in the virtuoso instrumental music of the 17th century. Its members are David Granger, dulcian and bassoon, Jonathan Davis, harpsichord and organ, and Edwin Huizinga and Adriane Post, violins. Passamezzo Moderno has performed for the San Francisco Early Music Society, Berkeley Chamber Performances, the Universities of California in Berkeley and Davis, California State University, Stanislaus, and numerous chamber music series throughout northern California. Itsfirst CD was released in 2008 to popular acclaim. Passamezzo Moderno is an affiliate of San Francisco Early Music Society and a member of Early Music America.
David Granger received his Bachelor of Music in 1973 and his Master of Music in 1975 from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Mr. Granger was principal bassoonist of the Sacramento Symphony from 1981 until 1996. In 1983 he began teaching at the University of California, Davis, and, in 1985, became coordinator of the music department’s student chamber music program. Mr. Granger works as a freelance musician performing in orchestras throughout northern California. He currently holds positions as principal bassoonist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Napa Valley, Modesto and Fremont Symphonies, and is a member of the Oakland East Bay and the Marin Symphonies. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000. Mr. Granger attended Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and received a Performer Diploma in baroque bassoon in 2004. He performs on a copy of a 17th century dulcian made by Leslie Ross, NYC, 2000 and a baroque bassoon made by by Guntram Wolf, 2003, and copied after an instrument with the initials HKICW.
A native of Berkeley, California, Jonathan Davis holds a Master of Music degree in harpsichord performance from the Mannes College of Music in New York City where his principal teachers included Arthur Haas and Myron Lutzky. In New York, Jonathan performed, with the New York Continuo Collective under the direction of Stephen Stubbs, La Rappresentatione de Anima, e di Corpo by Caelliere, on period instruments. While an undergraduate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Mr. Davis was Laurette Goldberg’s teaching assistant. Mr. Davis is the recipient of outstanding performance awards from the Mu Phi Epsilon Honors Foundation, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Mannes College of Music. As the winner of the 2003 Indiana University Baroque concerto competition, Jonathan was a featured soloist with the IU Baroque Orchestra. Mr. Davis has performed throughout Italy as a soloist and chamber musician, most recently at the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori, Florence, Italy.
Performing both baroque and modern repertoire, Edwin Huizinga enjoys collaborating with musicians worldwide. Next season Edwin will be touring North America, Europe and Asia with Tafelmusik and playing with the Aradia ensemble. Edwin has also been invited to guest direct the Atlanta Baroque orchestra and the Note Bene ensemble. Edwin will also be performing across North America with his chamber ensemble, the Silver Line. Season highlights will include performing with violinist Mark Fewer and the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. Last season, Edwin was guest soloist with the San Bernardino Symphony, and performed with the Broken Social Scene, as well as Tafelmusik. Edwin has a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The “Puslinch Pioneer” wrote “[Mr. Huizinga's] ambition is to bring classical music to the attention of younger people in such a way that makes it more appealing to them. It was a wonderful, magical evening of music.” Edwin also has recently recorded albums with the Mars Volta, the Wooden Sky, Nathan Lawr, and others. Edwin Huizinga currently resides in Toronto, Canada, where he is excited about Toronto’s Chapter of the Classical Revolution, which is starting to come into fruition after almost 4 years of success in San Francisco where it started. Edwin plays on an original, although anonymous, Italian, 18th century violin. http://www.edwinhuizinga.com
Adriane Post lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a member of baroque ensembles across the US, including Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and New Trinity Baroque in Atlanta. Adriane regularly performs with the Handel and Haydn Society, Concert Royal, Arcadia Players, Foundling, L’Academie, Trinity Wall Street, and has toured across the United States and Europe. Recent touring appearances this season include Grand-Théâtre de l’Opera in Bordeaux, and Grande Auditório in Lisbon as well as performances from Boston and Toronto to L.A. Based in New York, Adriane also freelances on the modern violin and is a member of the Knights, an adventurous chamber orchestra with a mission of innovative programming. US festival engagements include North Carolina’s Magnolia Baroque Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, and the Piccolo Spoleto. Adriane received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School on the Baroque violin, a graduate of the institution’s first class in Historical Performance, studying with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She completed her undergraduate degree in modern violin at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Marilyn McDonald. From Burlington, Vermont, Adriane performs on an 18th century violin that belonged to her great-grandmother.