New to the Boston area, Lyracle is an ensemble dedicated to repertoire featuring voice and viol-family instruments. Since founding Lyracle in 2018, we’ve focused exclusively on exploring the lesser-known practice of accompanying the solo voice with a single viol. We aim to bring more attention to this practice through research and performance. Our inaugural program, “Voice and Viol: History’s Forgotten Dynamic Duo,” traces the history of this practice from 16th century Italy to 17th century England and includes works by Scotto, Caccini, Corkine, Hume, and Jones. Our second program, “Molza: Music for a Muse,” celebrates the accomplishments of Tarquinia Molza, the 16th century virtuosic soprano and viol player known for her unrivaled ability to accompany her own singing. In 2020, Lyracle was one of four ensembles selected to participate in the Early Music America Emerging Artist Showcase and performed at the Conclave of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. Lyracle has been invited to perform on concert series including Pegasus Rising, GEMS Midtown Concerts, the Long Island Early Music Festival, Early Music Missouri, the Society for Historically Informed Performance, and the VdGSA’s Gamba Gamut at the BEMF Fringe Festival.
Mezzo-soprano Ashley Mulcahy is a recent graduate of the Voxtet Program (MM ‘19) at the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, which provides four students each year a full scholarship to study early music, oratorio, and chamber music. At Yale, Ashley studied with James Taylor and had the opportunity to work with many internationally renowned conductors, including Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, David Hill, and Simon Carrington, and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Ashley has performed with numerous ensembles including Bach Collegium Japan, Theatre of Voices, New York State Baroque, The Newberry Consort, and Music of the Baroque. She recently relocated to the Boston area, where she is a regular soloist at Marsh Chapel, under the direction of Scott Allen Jarrett. Ashley was a Young Artist at the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival and earned a BA in Italian and a BM in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Carmen Pelton.
James Perretta enjoys pursuing a variety of musical and academic endeavors. James recently graduated from the University of Michigan, where he studied viola da gamba and baroque cello with Enid Sutherland, completed a BM in modern cello with Richard Aaron, and earned a MS in Computer Science and Engineering. From 2017-2019, James founded and directed a student viol consort in Ann Arbor, introducing consort playing to students unfamiliar with the instrument. In addition to music for voice and viol, James is passionate about exploring 16th and 17th century styles of improvisation. James currently resides in Boston where he teaches viola da gamba at the Powers Music School and has performed with viol consort Long and Away. During his undergraduate years, James also served as Principal Cellist in the University Symphony Orchestra, was seated as second-chair cellist in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, and was a finalist in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition.
Board of Directors
Ashley Mulcahy, President
James Perretta, Secretary and Treasurer