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Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia

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Benjamin Bagby has made a specialty of performing the earliest of early music. Much of his repertoire dates from approximately 1,000 years ago, and for his “Lost Songs Project” and his presentations of the ancient story of Beowulf, Bagby takes fragments of the oldest forms of music notation, and transforms them into thrilling musical experiences.

An American-born singer and harpist, Bagby has been living in Europe since 1977, but concerts with his early music ensemble Sequentia keep him traveling the world, and every now and then bring him to New York. On Sunday, January 23, 2011, Bagby joined host David Garland to share his insights on the challenges and pleasures of bringing medieval music to life, and to present recordings by Sequentia.