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Established in 2014, sound|counterpoint is charming audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond with its performances of music of the late Renaissance and the Baroque on period instruments. Based in Seattle, this new ensemble has quickly gained a reputation for performances of expressive generosity, spontaneity, vivacity, and virtuosity. sound|counterpoint’s members – Miyo Aoki, recorder; Curtis Foster, oboe; Linda Melsted, violin; and Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord – are recognized as leaders in the early music community, and have appeared with many of North America’s top ensembles, such as Tafelmusik, American Bach Soloists, Pacific MusicWorks, and the Seattle, Portland, and Pacific Baroque Orchestras. In the 2015/16 season, sound|counterpoint began a concert series based in Seattle and Mount Vernon called the Salmon Run Concert Series and became a Professional Affiliate of the Early Music Guild in Seattle. The spirit animal of sound|counterpoint is the common house cat.

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Upcoming Events

Fingers of Fire
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Queen Anne Christian Church, Seattle, WA

Fingers of Fire
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mount Vernon, WA


Linda Melsted, violin, has won the hearts of audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan with her passionate artistry. She has appeared as soloist, member, and leader of many outstanding ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Portland, Seattle, and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, and Pacific MusicWorks. Linda is the featured soloist in Tafelmusik’s documentary “Le Mozart Noir”, and has recorded for Sony, ATMA Classique, and Harmonia Mundi.

Linda’s true love is chamber music. She has performed with many ensembles in chamber music series from Toronto to Seattle including Early Music Vancouver, Gallery Concerts, Folia, Discovery Island Music Festival, La Primavera, and Toronto Music Garden. She is co-founder of the chamber ensemble sound|counterpoint (www.soundcounterpoint.org) as well as the Cosi Quartet, a classical oboe quartet, and the Salish Sea Players, a group dedicated to bringing early music to retirement and nursing facilities (www.salishseaplayers.org). Linda performs on a Nicolò Amati violin.

Miyo Aoki, recorder, is a dedicated performer and teacher currently living in the Seattle area. She has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland, with groups including Salish Sea Players, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble, and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and Whidbey Island Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Seattle-based chamber group sound|counterpoint and helped to create the new chamber music series, Salmon Run Concerts. Performing music ranging from medieval to modern, she has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams and Agnes Dorwarth. In addition to performance, Miyo is an active teacher. As well as having taught at the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, for the Seattle Early Music Guild’s Recorder Residency and privately, she also helps to plan and perform outreach programs throughout the school year. Miyo holds a KAZ Diplom (Artist Diploma) from the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she studied with Professor Han Tol, and degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eva Legêne.

Curtis Foster, Baroque oboe and recorder, whose playing has been praised for its “brilliantly introverted charm” (Seattle Times), has appeared with some of North America’s most respected early music ensembles, including Pacific MusicWorks, the Seattle and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Mercury Baroque, Bach Society Houston, the Newberry Consort, Victoria Baroque Players, Indy Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, and Baroque Band. Festival performances include the Vancouver, Chicago, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, Oregon Bach Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and the Phoenix Bach Festival.

A ravenous chamber musician, Curtis has performed with small ensembles in concert from San Francisco to Dubai, including regular appearances with his Seatlte-based chamber groups, sound|counterpoint and the Così Quartet. Mr. Foster is also a staunch advocate for music of our own time, and regularly commissions and premiers new works by contemporary composers for old instruments. He has recorded for ATMA Classique, Cedille Records, and IU Press.

A native of Wichita, KS, Curtis now makes his home in Seattle. He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Early Music Institute.

Jonathan Oddie, harpsichord, has performed on early and modern keyboard instruments as a soloist and ensemble member throughout the United States, England, and Germany. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he performs across the Pacific Northwest at venues including the Salish Sea Early Music Festival and the Whidbey Island Early Music Festival. He has also appeared as a member of the orchestras of Pacific MusicWorks, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Mercury Baroque, and Oxford Baroque. Jonathan holds degrees in piano and harpsichord from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright and was awarded the
Performer’s Certificate for his performance of Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations. He has recorded with Ensemble Lipzodes for the Focus Records label, and is currently finishing a doctorate in musicology on the instrumental music of Orlando Gibbons at the University of Oxford.

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