Medieval music meets living modal music traditions: The Lost Mode features an eclectic set of music from the Middle Ages, as well as melodies from Sephardic, North African, Armenian, Breton, and Basque modal traditions. Our interpretations are meant to extend, complement, and bridge the gap between written sources and oral transmission. New compositions based on medieval models stand next to their century-old counterparts. Some melodies are lifted out of their original context, presented in a different meter, or brought to life on instruments that would not have been known in the music’s original culture. The result: a multi-layered, time- and boundary-crossing collection of tones, timbres, textures, lovingly held together by the common thread of mode.
Initiated by eclectic musician Annette Bauer (recorders and sarode), the Lost Mode's soundscape comes into existence through collaboration, and is created and defined by the wonderful talents and contributions of Shira Kammen (vielle, harp, violin d'amore), Peter Maund (percussion), and guest musician Derek Wright (oud).
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Derek Bianchi at Muscletone Studios, Berkeley, CA (Mar 2009 – May 2010). www.muscletonestudios.com
Produced by Annette Bauer.
Artwork: “Blauer Mohn” by Anke Gesell www.ankegesell.de
Cover design and layout by Hans-Georg Bauer.
Annette Bauer a native of Germany, has a dual background in early music and classical Indian music. She studied medieval and renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, specializing on recorder techniques with Conrad Steinmann (2001). She holds an MA in music from UC Santa Cruz (2004), and has been a student at the Ali Akbar College of Music in California since 1998, where she studies North Indian classical music on sarode, a stringed instrument. Together with Tim Rayborn, Annette co-directs medieval ensemble Cançonièr (also available on Magnatune), and performs with Baroque ensemble Les grâces and Farallon Recorder Quartet. She has appeared at early music festivals and concert series as well as a guest musician with leading early music ensembles throughout the US. Annette also plays Brazilian percussion with Maracatu Luta, and is the co-founder of Magic Carpet, a duo dedicated to the art of improvisation (also available on Magnatune). www.annettebauer.com
Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A member for many years of Ensembles Alcatraz, Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings, she has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, The Folger Consort, Piffaro, Kitka, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, and Japan, and on the Colorado and Rogue Rivers.
Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and performs now with several groups: the medieval ensembles, Fortune's Wheel and Cançonier ; a contemporary music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea; as well as collaborations with performers such as storyteller Patrick Ball, medieval music expert Margriet Tindemans, and with many theater productions. Some of her original music can be heard in a documentary film about the fans of J.R.R. Tolkien. www.shirakammen.com
Peter Maund has performed and recorded with early music and contemporary music ensembles including Ensemble Alcatraz, Chanticleer, Davka, Hesperion XX, Kitka, Alasdair Fraser’s Skyedance, The Harp Consort and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He has also presented lectures, workshops, and classes throughout North America, Europe and Israel. Described by The Glasgow Herald as "…the most considerate and imaginative of percussionists," he appears on over 50 CDs and has served on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley.
Derek Wright has been a musician all of his life. Growing up in New Orleans, he was a jazz bassist, saxophonist, and percussionist. He began learning Middle Eastern music in the mid 1990s, and started playing the oud in 1997. His teachers have included Solomon Feldthouse and Ali Sinan Erdemsel. Since 2002, he has been studying North Indian classical music (both vocal and instrumental) with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, adapting the oud to be used in a style similar to the sarode. Derek has also been a passionate student, performer, and teacher of Brazilian music (percussion and song) since 1995, focusing especially on Maracatu, Samba, and Samba Reggae.