Mark Rimple
lute
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Mark Rimple is an accomplished performer-composer whose original works incorporate the rhythmic and tonal aspects of early music and often include early instruments and techniques.  He has garnered critical praise for his lute playing and singing from national newspapers (Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times) and early music journals (Early Music, Early Music America Magazine, The Lute Society of America Quarterly). Recently, a Philadelphia Inquirer critic wrote that his lute playing has "the specificity of a great vocal performance."  He has appeared as countertenor and lutenist with Trefoil, The Newberry Consort, The Folger Consort, Ex Umbris, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, Melomanie, The New York Collegium, and New York's Ensemble for Early Music.  He can be heard performing late medieval music on recordings of fourteenth century music by Trefoil (Christo e Nato and Monsters, Mazes and Masters, MSR Recordings) and the Newberry Consort (Puzzles and Perfect Beauty, Noyse Productions).  Mark is an accomplished composers; his original works incorporate the rhythmic and tonal aspects of early music and often include early instruments and techniques.  His works have been performed by leading ensembles including ChoralArts Philadelphia, The League of Composers/ISCM Chamber Players, Parnassus, Network for New Music, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Piffaro, and Mélomanie.  Most recently, his Nouvelle Chanson des Ouiseaux (for SATB choir and lute) was called "nothing short of a masterpiece" by Michael Caruso of The Chestnut Hill Local, and "movingly beautiful" by Tom Purdom of the Broadstreet Review. He is an avid interpreter of new music, having performed and recorded new works with Network for New Music and Cygnus Ensemble (Furious Artisans Records),  He is also a music theorist and scholar, having written on the influence of Boethius on poetics, historical music composition, music theory and analysis. Mark holds a DMA in composition from Temple University, and is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University, where he directs the Collegium Musicum. For more information, see his website, www.markrimple.com.