Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, juxtaposing their carefully crafted arrangements of traditional and original American music with traditional vocal music from around the world. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon have a vibrant energy onstage and shift effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. Folk musicologist Mary DesRosiers acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”
In addition to performing concerts around New England and the world, Windborne has been teaching workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities for the past decade. Experienced teachers and song-leaders, they delight groups young and old, large and small, with enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced instruction and get groups singing in harmony in no time! Singers not only learn the notes of a song, but also work on the regional vocal production, language pronunciation, and gain an understanding of the song in its original cultural context.
In 2014, Windborne was selected by American Music Abroad and the US Department of State to represent the USA as musical ambassadors on a cultural diplomacy tour of Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola. They toured the stage with internationally known artists, sold out national theaters, and collaborated with traditional musicians to perform around the country. They also taught music and dance workshops to schoolchildren, language learners, dance schools, choirs, music conservatories, and more. The group has put together an educational program of music, photos, and stories about these countries and their experiences for grade schools and universities.
Highlights from Windborne’s final concert in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on their American Music Abroad Tour in 2014