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.
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!
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 Turkmenistan on their American Music Abroad Tour in 2014