Rook




Rook is a mixed instrument ensemble dedicated to the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Rook explores this music with an unusual combination of brass and string instruments that, while popular 400 years ago, creates colors that are missing from modern music making. The core of the ensemble is comprised of accomplished musicians from Chicago’s new generation of period style performers and collaborates regularly with vocalists and other instrumentalists to present this exciting music to modern audiences. In Chicago, Rook has performed in many diverse venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Morton Arboretum, Northwestern’s Alice Millar Chapel, and St. John Cantius Church, as well as live on WFMT. Rook has presented concerts at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston and Madison Early Music Fringe Festivals and a series of concerts with pioneering 16th and 17th century violinist David Douglass. In March of 2012 Rook was selected as one of three ensembles to participate in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop to work with L’Arpeggiata. Rook presented a mini-residency in 2014 to Oberlin Conservatory’s Historical Performance Department, giving concerts and masterclasses on virtuoso 17th c. performance practice, string band techniques from Zanetti, and a survey of historical trombone style. In the Fall of 2014 Rook released its first album eleven.