Morgan O'Shaughnessey treble viol, Steve Berman Bass viol, Pat O'Scannell Coach and tenor viol
The Rogue Consort of Viols in the SOU Library Rotunda
Three of Ashland's finest musicians combine forces to create the 'Rogue Consort of Viols' , with Morgan O'Shaughnessey on treble viola da gamba, Pat O'Scannell on tenor, and Steve Berman on bass. The acoustics are exceptional in the Library Rotunda, which was the reason it was chosen by group coach, O'Scannell as a perfect venue.
"It is difficult to find an acoustic environment which is really right for the viol. It must have a certain amount of natural 'ring', but in the form of a medium-sized room with lots of warmth in the tone. Otherwise the viol can sound very cold when recorded or heard in a live acoustic. One must always strive to play this instrument in a live, and warm acoustic. the rotunda is perfect !"
This was one of many stealth concerts in excellent acoustical environments to come, so keep your ears open.
Pat O'Scannell plays tenor viol in the group, as well as serving as coach. O'Scannell played consort viols at UCRiverside from 1974-'81 in the Collegium Musicum program under Dr. Fred Gable. She studied viol da gamba with Carol Herman while at the University, and has pursued subsequent studies/coaching with Margriet Tindemans, Dr. Tina Chancey, Alison Crum and John Dornenberg. She brings over 30 years of professional experience as a viol player to the collaboration.
Steve Berman: An accomplished musician in many genres, Steve has mastery on guitar, lutes, oud, and many other early and traditional folk instruments. Steve is also a multi-faceted vocalist. He joins the Rogue Consort of VIols as a bass player.
Morgan O'Shaughnessey: An accomplished violist and Irish fiddler, and a graduate of San Francisco Conservatory. Morgan also studied the viola da gamba with Elizabeth Reed. He joins the Rogue Consort as a treble viol player.