Laura Kuhlman, a performer on recorder, shawm, dulcian, krummhorn, sordune and bagpipe, is a recent transplant to Portland from Chicago, Illinois, where she spent many years as a freelance musician. From Bach to Broadway, Laura has enjoyed partnerships with several early music ensembles including the Burgundian Ensemble and Masqued Phoenix. In 2011, Laura performed with members of Lizodes in Ecuador and in 2012 with members of Piffaro for the Washington D.C. Revels. Laura has performed with theatre orchestras in the area Chicago area including Pheasant Run. Laura is currently music director for the Portland Recorder Society and the Recorder Orchestra of Oregon. She is the recent past President of the American Recorder Society. Along with Juan Carlos Arango and Robert Wiemken, Laura organized the Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop, directs the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and has taught at the Kalamazoo Recorder Workshop, Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat, and the San Francisco Recorder Workshop. Laura performs with The Oregon Renaissance Band in Portland, Oregon and Project Zeffiro Renaissance Wind Band in Albany, California.
Gayle Stuwe Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbutt, and many other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international acclaim for her renditions of the “Song of Seikilos,” the “Chorus from Orestes,” and others upon the release of Ensemble De Organographia’s CD Music of the Ancient Greeks. Several of the tracks from that recording have also appeared in the Norton Scores Recorded Anthology of Western Music, and numerous films and television programs. She appears in the award-winning film “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons, and recorded music that is heard in the recent remake of Ben-Hur. She composed and arranged music for the 2015 production of “Mary Stuart” directed by Elizabeth Huffman for Northwest Classical Theatre. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan. She co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, is a member of the Trail Band and has performed with Cappella Romana and the Portland Baroque Orchestra Chorus. She has played under the baton of Monica Huggett and Ton Koopman. She teaches Recorder, Collegium Musicum and Renaissance Song classes at Portland’s Community Music Center. She has given workshops and concerts at many institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Center. She has built with her husband Phil over 400 early wind and stringed instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, racketts, and vielles.
Phil Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbutt, and numerous other wind and stringed instruments, co-founded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, which performed for the Regensburg Early Music Festival, and recorded the CDs Carnevale and Now make we joye. He has produced and recorded seven CDs for Pandourion Records including French Music of the 14th Century, Music of the Ancient Greeks, and The One Horse Open Sleigh. He appears in the award-winning film “Buddymoon” directed by Alex Simmons, and recorded music for the recent remake of Ben-Hur. He has written and recorded music for Oregon Public Broadcasting and has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at several ancient theater sites in Greece. He teaches Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band classes at the Community Music Center in Portland, Oregon. Phil is a member of The Trail Band, has performed under the direction of Christopher Hogwood and Nicholas McGeegan, recorded with the American Bach Soloists, and has played in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, Mercury Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. He has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for recorder ensemble, brass ensemble, and symphonic wind ensemble, including “Theme and Variations” that won first place in the San Francisco Recorder Composition Competition. He has built with his wife Gayle over 400 early wind instruments including krummhorns, cornamusen, douçaines and racketts.