Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols was founded by viola da gambist John Dornenburg for the purpose of performing and recording the vast literature for viol consort of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as other works from the period such as Renaissance chansons, consort songs, Italian madrigals, English verse anthems, and German cantatas. The consort has performed widely in the San Francisco Bay Area with presenters including the Berkeley Early Music Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and Magnificat. They have toured in the USA from Los Angeles to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and made their European debut at the Tage Alter Musik Festival in Regensburg, Germany. Sex Chordæ has made three critically acclaimed compact discs for the Centaur label: J.H. Schein Banchetto musicale, Claudio Monteverdi Third Book of Madrigals, and Josquin Des Prez Music of the Renaissance.  For booking information, contact John Dornenburg.

Josquin cd coverCentaur CRC 2548

MonteverdiCentaur CRC 2482

scheinCentaur  CRC  2357

“An entertaining performance…extravagantly enjoyable.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

“Their gamba tones hovered like silver threads throughout the hall,  producing nothing less than time travel.”
Salzburger Nachrichten, Austria

“Gamba-playing both crystal-clear and richly nuanced.”
Online Musik Magazin, Germany

“The string playing throughout the concert was exemplary in tuning, ensemble, and exuberance.”
San Francisco Classical Voice