Flauti Diversi was founded in 1992 by Frances Feldon at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s Recorder 121215Workshop with the mission of presenting a variety of early chamber music for historical woodwinds. It has since received an enthusiastic reception at its performances, including those at the SFEMS Recorder Workshop, MusicSources, Marin Early Music Festival, in conjunction with the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Davis Community Church, St John’s Lutheran Church (Sacramento), Kensington Unitarian Church, Music at Old St Mary’s, Music at St Alban’s, Trinity Chamber Concerts and the former Hausmusik concert series. From 1992 until 2002, Flauti performed baroque solo sonatas, duos, trios and quartets, recreating the virtuosity and subtlety of 17th- and 18th-century European music. From 2002 to 2007, under music director Frances Feldon, Flauti Diversi produced its own concert series “Baroque and Beyond,” and its musical mission expanded to include contemporary works.

Flauti has been an affiliate of SFEMS from 2005. The ensemble includes a variety of performers and instruments appropriate to the program repertoire, be it Renaissance, Baroque, contemporary or popular, which allows Flauti to incorporate a novel panoply of sounds and colors on a wide variety of baroque woodwinds and other historical instruments. In addition to the more usual recorder and baroque flute, its members have performed on less common instruments such as chalumeau, baroque clarinet and bassoon, supported by a continuo of harpsichord and viola da gamba. Performers have included many Bay Area professionals.

Flauti Diversi, with core members Frances Feldon, David Morris, and Katherine Heater, recently made its first recording, a program of Boismortier’s complete Op 37, a collection of elegant trio sonatas for baroque flute, viola da gamba and chamber organ by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier.

Contact: Frances Feldon (510)527-9029 or franfel@aol.com