Windborne 

Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons, juxtaposing their clever settings of traditional and original American music with traditional vocal trio music from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. They have extensively studied the traditional polyphony of Corsica, Bulgaria, and the Republic of Georgia, learning not only to sing the songs, but to improvise on them within the traditional styles. They switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while delighting the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements.


Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Lauren Breunig, Will Thomas Rowan, Jeremy Carter-Gordon

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We have returned from our tour with American Music Abroad, a fantastic program run in cooperation with the US Department of State.  Our travels took us to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola acting as cultural ambassadors through music.  You can see updates about our tour on Facebook or on our new blog, and learn more about American Music Abroad and its parent organization American Voices at http://amvoices.org/ama/


Highlights from Windborne's AMA tour in Turkmenistan

Windborne Ashgabat Concert



"The singers of the Windborne have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony."

-Peter Amidon  www.AmidonMusic.com





Members

 Lynn Mahoney Rowan

Lynn Mahoney Rowan is a veteran singer of Northern Harmony.  She has travelled to Corsica twice to study traditional polyphonic singing.    She is an accomplished song arranger, and an energetic workshop leader and teacher for Village Harmony.  She specializes in highly ornamented styles of singing, such as music from Corsica and Eastern Georgia.  
She received a B.A. in Performance Studies from Marlboro College. She recently composed music for a production of Federico Lorca's Blood Wedding, directed by Eric Bass.  





 Will Thomas Rowan

Will Thomas Rowan received his B.A. in Music Composition from Marlboro College.  He specializes in choral compositions inspired by and incorporating styles and themes from the Shape-Note and ballad singing traditions.  He has sung for many years with Northern Harmony and he teaches for Village Harmony.  Will is a regular soloist and guest instructor with Revels North. For Windborne, Will plays the banjo and two Georgian stringed instruments, the Panduri and the Chonguri. In other musical endeavors, Will sometimes plays jazz and rock piano, as well as traditional Bulgarian drum.  He also makes wooden toys and crafts and builds houses.


 Lauren Breunig

Lauren Breunig sang with Village Harmony for many years and travelled with their first study program to Corsica. Since then, she has toured with Northern Harmony in the US, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, and Switzerland.  She has also sung with Hallowell, a hospice choir that sings at the bedsides of individuals nearing the end of life. 
Currently, she works as a circus artist and teacher, performing on aerial fabric, trapeze, and in partner acrobatics.  



Jeremy Carter-Gordon

The trio was delighted add Jeremy Carter-Gordon to the mix for their Winter 2013 tour!  Jeremy is a graduate of Bard College and recently completed a year-long Watson Fellowship, studying sword dance traditions across Europe. He is a well-known figure in the folk music and dance community, known for his singing, dancing, calling and teaching of many traditional art forms.  He also is one half of the folk music duo Far Distant Shore.  

Recent Announcements

  • Three Concerts Before our World Tour!
    • Fri, Jan 10, 2014: St Barnabas Church, Norwich, VT 7:30
    • Sat, Jan 11, 2014: Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, VT 7:30
    • Sun, Jan 12, 2014: Hubbard St Music, Concord, MA, 3:30

    We're excited to be putting on three New England concerts of our Americana repertoire before we take it on the road to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola with the State Department's American Music Abroad program.
    Posted Jan 2, 2014, 4:21 PM by Lauren Breunig
  • 7/13 Brattleboro Farmers' Market
    See Windborne at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market on Saturday, July 13 from 11am-1pm.  We will have our new CD, Midwinter Meeting, for sale!!  This CD is a live recording of our concert tour in January 2013, which was our debut appearance as a quartet.  The tracks include plenty of old favorites as well as lots of exiting new repertoire, including songs from Basque Country and a rockin' Quebequois medley!
    Posted Jun 13, 2013, 6:09 PM by Lauren Breunig
  • Windborne is accepted by American Music Abroad!
    We are so honored, grateful, and above all SUPER EXCITED to announce that Windborne was accepted to the American Music Abroad class of 2013-2014!  In January 2014, AMA will send Windborne on a month-long, multi-country tour to act as musical ambassadors for the US.  Learn more about this fantastic program run by the State Department at http://amvoices.org/ama/
    Posted Jun 13, 2013, 5:32 PM by Lauren Breunig
  • January Tour!
    Windborne is excited to announce a dynamic concert series of traditional and contemporary vocal music from around the world.
    Lynn, Will, and Lauren are joined this time by their long-time friend and fellow Renewal Chorus member Jeremy Carter-Gordon to make this the first ever tour of the Windborne Quartet!

    Tour dates are:

    Jan. 2nd, 7:30, Westminster West Congr. Church, 44 Church St, Putney, VT

    Jan. 3rd, 7:30, St Barnabas Church, Norwich, VT

    Jan. 4th, 6:00, The Young Tradition Reunion Concert, Flynn Space in Burlington, VT

    Jan. 5th, 7:30, North End Studios, Burlington, VT

    Jan. 6th, 3:00, Bass Hall, Peterborough, NH

    Jan. 8th, 7:30, Hubbard St. Music, Concord, MA

    Jan. 9th, 7:30, Ashfield Congregational Church, Ashfield, MA

    Jan 10th, 7:30, The Stone Church, Brattleboro, VT
    Posted Dec 31, 2012, 10:38 AM by Lauren Breunig
  • Windborne at Sandglass Theater
    Catch Windborne at Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT on Friday, March 30 at 7:00pm!  This may be one of our last local concerts for a while, and we've worked up a lot of exciting new repertoire from Georgia, Corsica, and North America.  Tickets are $15/$12 (student or senior).  Call 802-451-0425 for reservations.  Go to www.SandglassTheater.org and be sure to check out their current Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/480554386/d-generation-an-exaltation-of-larks
    Posted Mar 18, 2012, 7:55 AM by Lauren Breunig
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