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Istanpitta just finished their 3rd weekend at Texas Renaissance Festival. We have been experiencing excellent Wx and good crowds at the fair. The 2nd weekend was supported by Joachim Zwick on vielle who is local to the Houston area. This is Joachim's first year with Istanpitta at TRF and did an excellent job. The 3rd weekend was supported by Michelle Levy on Vielle who has done quite a number of gigs with Istanpitta and she will be with us for 3 weekends. 4th weekend will be performed by Anne... read more
Tue, October 23, 2007 - 7:22 AM permalink - 0 comments
 
Well Istanpitta has returned to TRF for their first weekend and it felt great to be back. Although very few of the players of this ensemble actually live in Texas, the fact that the director does makes this Istanpitta's home festival. This past weekend was supported by Abby Green on vocals and percussion, and Ginna Watson on Vielle. It was a surprising low gate count but we are hoping it will pick up as the month gets cooler. And of course we were presenting our brand new CD "Exiled" for the ... read more
Tue, October 9, 2007 - 6:43 AM permalink - 3 comments
 
Istanpitta has been involved with several concerts this past month whereupon we performed the Pilgrimage program for Cleveland State University and Delaware Valley College near Philadelphia. Both concerts were very successful. As you can imagine I am worn out with regards to so much travelling and am very glad to stay home for awhile. Although we will be involved with Texas Renaissance Festival for the next two months but it is relatively local and for me, involves no air travel. I must be ... read more
Wed, October 3, 2007 - 4:31 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
So I have been getting grief from folks that ask about the second volume to the Medieval Songs and Dances book. So in order to stop the complaining, I am starting to work on this project as there is a bunch of tunes that are extremely cool that I want to publish in the next book. Mind you these are Cofrin interpretations of the manuscripts which are not always easy to decipher. Also included in the second volume will be more works from the Sephardic tradition and perhaps another traditional ... read more
Thu, September 13, 2007 - 10:44 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
Back in July Istanpitta was hired to be the house band to a hard core re-enactment group called Compaigney du Chalis.
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The event was located in Sydney Valley, UT up in the mountains about 9K ft. It was beautiful and we watched the company do some fighting and launch a 1/3 size trebuchet. Totally Cool. We spent 4 days at this event and enjoyed the outdoors, got overfed with some amazing food, and very much enjoyed performing pre 15th c. music to this group. The event wa... read more
Wed, September 12, 2007 - 12:53 PM permalink - 2 comments
 
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Istanpitta at Pennsic English Dance ball 2009 ( events » arts ) Istanpitta ensemble will be the pit band for the August 1st English Dance ball at the dance tent at Pennsic 2009. 9-12 pm

Performing as Istanpitta will be:
Al Cofrin/director - lute, bagpipes, vielle, krumhorns
Jaochim Zwick - Vielle and perc... read more
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TRF 3rd weekend with Istanpitta (blog entry) Istanpitta just finished their 3rd weekend at Texas Renaissance Festival. We have been experiencing excellent Wx and good crowds at the fair. The 2nd weekend was supported by Joachim Zwick on vielle who is local to the Houston area. This is Joachi... read more
blog entry posted Tue, October 23, 2007 - 7:22 AM permalink - 0 comments
Texas Renaissance Festival 1st weekend (blog entry) Well Istanpitta has returned to TRF for their first weekend and it felt great to be back. Although very few of the players of this ensemble actually live in Texas, the fact that the director does makes this Istanpitta's home festival. This past we... read more
blog entry posted Tue, October 9, 2007 - 6:43 AM permalink - 3 comments
September Concerts (blog entry) Istanpitta has been involved with several concerts this past month whereupon we performed the Pilgrimage program for Cleveland State University and Delaware Valley College near Philadelphia. Both concerts were very successful. As you can imagine... read more
blog entry posted Wed, October 3, 2007 - 4:31 PM permalink - 1 comment
Medieval Songs and Dances Volume II (blog entry) So I have been getting grief from folks that ask about the second volume to the Medieval Songs and Dances book. So in order to stop the complaining, I am starting to work on this project as there is a bunch of tunes that are extremely cool that I ... read more
blog entry posted Thu, September 13, 2007 - 10:44 AM permalink - 2 comments
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