Tom Zajac, SFEMS Med/Ren Workshop director is a multi-instrumentalist praised for his versatility and stylish playing in music from the medieval and Renaissance periods. He is a member of the wind band Piffaro and appears frequently with the Folger Consort, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry Consort, Hesperus, and other leading US ensembles. He performed 14th-century music in the East Wing of the White House during the Clinton years and played serpent in a piece by PDQ Bach on an episode of A Prairie Home Companion, and the sound of his bagpipe awoke the astronauts every morning on a 2001 space shuttle mission (on a recording, of course). He performed on the sound track of several PBS documentaries for the Emmy award-winning producer and composer Brian Keane and has participated in over 40 recording projects, ranging from medieval dances to 20th-century chamber music.

Recent projects include a 13th-century music-theater piece, the Tournoi de Chauvency, with the French-American company Ensemble Aziman; performances as percussionist for recent Boston Early Music Festival opera productions; guest directing the Yale University Collegium Musicum in a program of 18th-century Peruvian music; and conducting a program of Polish Renaissance and early Baroque music for the Texas Early Music Project in Austin. Performances in 2010 included a state department sponsored tour with Piffaro of several missions in the Bolivian low country, and a concert in Istanbul, with the Boston-based Turkish music ensemble Dünya, celebrating the city’s status as the 2010 European cultural capital. Tom is director of early music ensembles at Wellesley College, directs the Medieval/Renaissance week of the San Francisco Early Music Society workshops in Sonoma, CA, and teaches at numerous workshops and festivals throughout the US.

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