Praise for Tapestry Vocal Ensemble

Tapestry is fast carving a formidable reputation as one of North America’s most polished ensembles.

Jonathan Webster, Classic CD

Hypnotically beautiful...inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures.

Jonathan Saville, San Diego Reader

This is an outstanding performance, such as I have rarely heard.

Mary Berry, Gramophone

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Tapestry made its debut in Jordan Hall with a performance of Steve Reich's Tehillim, deemed "a knockout" by The Boston Globe. The trademark of the Boston-based vocal ensemble is combining medieval repertory and contemporary compositions in bold, conceptual programming. Critics hail their rich distinctive voices, their "technically spot-on singing" and their emotionally charged performances. The LA Times writes "They sing beautifully separately and together with a glistening tone and precise intonation" and The Cleveland Plain Dealer describes Tapestry as "an ensemble that plants haunting vibrations, old and new, in our ears."

Most recently, Tapestry has expanded their repertoire to include works of impressionists including Debussy, Lili Boulanger and Vaughan Williams for a US tour in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of World War One Armistice, culminating with a performance at the National Gallery in Washington DC. Their newest program, Beyond Borders, builds on their impressionistic discoveries and expands to works of Duke Ellington, Samuel Barber, and Leonard Bernstein programmed with early music and folk songs.

Concert appearances include the Utrecht Early Music and the Maastricht Musica Sacra Festivals, Regensburg's Tage Alter Musik, the Flanders Festivals of Gent and Brussels, a Banco Republico tour of Colombia, Donne in Musica, Rome; Jordan Hall, Boston; Hildegard von Bingen Symposium at the University of Oregon, Eugene; Kalamazoo Medieval Conference, MI; Frick Collection and Rockefeller University, NY; Harvard University, Da Camera of Houston; Early Music Concert Series, Boulder; Denver's Newman Performing Arts Center; Da Camera Society LA; Stanford University, Museum Concert, Cleveland, festivals in Ottawa and Montreal, and many others. Tapestry also performed Steve Reich's Tehillim under the baton of Marin Alsop with the Colorado and Cabrillo Festival Symphonies. The ensemble toured Latvia and performed at the Moscow Conservatory. Recent performances include American Dreams at the Library of Congress and New York City's Frick Collection and Between Heaven and Hell at the Bucerius Foundation in Hamburg, which was broadcast by the Norddeutsche Radio. The ensemble was founded at the Longy School of Music and is in residence at First Church Congregational in Cambridge MA. Tapestry has made 4 recordings with Telarc International: Angeli, Music of Angels; Hildegard von Bingen: Celestial Light; Song of Songs – Come into my Garden; and The Fourth River. To date Tapestry has made 2 recordings with German Label, MDG: Sapphire Night and Faces of a Woman. Sapphire Night won the Echo Prize, Germany's highest honor for a recording and The Fourth River is a past winner of Chamber Music America Recording of the Year.

Laurie Monahan

Laurie Monahan

Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, co-founded Ensemble Project Ars Nova (P.A.N.), and also appeared with Sequentia for many years.  Laurie worked with the Studio der Frühen  Musik at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. She was a frequent soloist with Newberry Consort, Boston Camerata, Boston Cecilia Society,  and Cantata Singers among others.  Laurie teaches at Berklee College of Music.

Cristi Catt

Cristi Catt

Cristi Catt, soprano, has performed with leading early music groups including Ensemble PAN, Revels, Boston Camerata and La Donne Musicale. Her interest in the meeting points between medieval and folk traditions, has led to research grants to Portugal and France, and performances with HourGlass, Le Bon Vent, Blue Thread, and Telltale Crossings. She teaches at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music and serves as musical director for various productions.

Daniela Tosic

Daniela Tošić

Daniela Tošić,mezzo-soprano, a native of former Yugoslavia, met Laurie Monahan and Cristi Catt during her graduate studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Over the years she has worked with Ensemble P.A.N., Blue Heron, La Donna Musicale, HourGlass, Balmus, Rumbarroco, and Telltale Crossings. Her most recent collaboration is with marimbist Sylvie Zakarian creating programs about immigrant experience.

Tapestry Guest Artists

James Falzone
Shira Kammen
Arsentiy Kharitonov
Deborah Rentz-Moore
Clare McNamara
Rebecca Shrimpton
Diana Brewer
Carolann Buff
Taki Masuko
Mehmet Sanlikol