James Andrewes began violin studies at the age of five in Dunedin, New Zealand and attained a Bachelor of Music degree (University of Otago), Master of Music degree (University of Oregon), and a Post-‐Masters Certificate in String Quartet Performance (University of Colorado). In 2011 he graduated with a second Masters at Indiana University, where he studied Early Music and baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie. In addition performing as a member of ¡Sacabuche!, James has performed with a variety of baroque ensembles, including the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Band, Ars Lyrica and the Orchestra of New Spain. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Chris Canapa is a DM-Trombone Performance student at the University of Indiana, where he studies with Carl Lenthe and Linda Pearse. Chris has studied with Tom Ashworth, John Tranter (University of Minnesota) and Mark Hoelscher (Concodia University-Mequon). A native of Milwaukee, he has soloed with the Concordia University Wind Ensemble (2001) and the St. Paul Civic Orchestra (2005). Between receiving his MM in 2004 and returning to academia in 2012, Chris performed regularly with orchestras in the greater Milwaukee area, including the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Madison Opera Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and Sheboygan Symphony. He was the Adjunct Professor of Low Brass at Concordia University-Mequon and the University of Wisconsin-Washington County. Chris began his tenure with ¡Sacabuche! in January of 2012 while studying early music performance with Linda Pearse, and has since traveled with the group on successful tours of Macao, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.
Gayle h. Martin is University Organist and Associate Professor of Music at Mount Allison University, in New Brunswick Canada where she teaches organ performance, choral conducting, and directs the early music ensembles Opella Nova and Duo Seraphim. Martin’s passion for music, animals and nature began in the countryside where she grew up, the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music (B.Mus), McGill University (M.Mus) and the University of Alberta (DMus). Martin was organist at the American Cathedral in Paris and lived in the cathedral tower. She received a premier prix à unanimité from the Conservatoire de Rueil Malmaison, studying under the tutelage of renowned organists Jean Langlais and Susan Landale. She can be heard on numerous recordings, including her solo CD Prism. Since 2011, she performs regularly with ¡Sacabuche!.
Linda Pearse is recognized as a specialist in the exquisite musical repertoire of early seventeenth-century Italy. Pearse is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Allison University (Canada) and Lecturer on Early Trombones at the Historic Performance Institute, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington. Following jazz studies at McGill University, a career in Europe included regular performances with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Stuttgart Opera House, the Basel Symphony, La Cetra, piano possibile, and the Stuttgart Musical Theater. Pearse is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Early Music Summer Baroque Workshop, the Sackville Festival of Early Music and of the early music ensemble ¡Sacabuche! Extensive touring includes performances in Beijing (China), Hong Kong and Macau (China), Victoria, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, New York, San Francisco, Bloomington (IN), Madison (WI), Kansas City, and Houston. In addition to music-only programs, Pearse’s interdisciplinary projects engage new music, early music, texts, soundscapes, and images in conversations that explore cultural contacts and collisions in the early modern period. Her critical edition of Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombone is published with A-R Editions (April 2014). With ¡Sacabuche!, she released an album of Seventeenth-century Italian Motets on the ATMA Classique label (Sept 2015).
Martha Perry, baroque violin and viola, whose playing has been called “…ideally realized…taut and loaded with nuance” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), and “highly expressive” (Boston Musical-Intelligencer) has developed a national career as a respected baroque specialist. She performs with many North American period instrument ensembles, including ¡Sacabuche!, the Indianapolis, Atlanta and North Carolina Baroque Orchestras, Washington Bach Consort, Bourbon Baroque, Spire Ensemble Orchestra, Mallarme Chamber Players, Three Notch’d Road, and Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, as well as with the ensemble she founded and directs, Heartland Baroque. Having appeared in productions with Opera Lafayette, Chatham Baroque, National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, at Wolftrap, for the Magnolia, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Vancouver, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, the Victoria Bach Festival, and in Italy’s Musica nel Chiostro, Martha also performed for the 2013 Public Radio International Christmas Program, “Glad Tidings.” She has been heard in a live international broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT radio, on the early music program “Harmonia,” and on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and has recorded for Edition Lilac, Musica Omnia, Naxos, WFIU, Cedille, the National Cathedral, ATMA Classique, and Concordia Records. Martha received her Masters degree in early music performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Historical Performance Institute, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie, and was graduate assistant for the baroque orchestra.