Plectrum lute, gittern, fiddle (da gamba), luthier
Jacob Mariani is a musicologist, performer, and maker of historically-inspired instruments in Basel, Switzerland. He holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Early Music Performance from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied with Profs. Randall Cook and Crawford Young. He is now undertaking a Masters in Performance on plectrum lute with Marc Lewon, as part of the Schola's School of Excellence.
Jacob began his luthier studies in Ashland, Oregon with Stephen Bacon, who is the curator of the Schumann Collection of historical instruments and Master Luthier at Bellwood Violin. In Eugene, Oregon, he worked for Master Luthier Charlie Ogle, and more recently, Jacob spent several months collaborating with Richard Earle in his Basel workshop. Alongside his own commissions, Jacob regularly repairs and maintains instruments of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
He has researched, designed, and built instruments for performers all over the world.
Jacob was recently awarded the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship to pursue doctoral research on the Trecento fiddle at Merton College, University of Oxford. He is now undertaking this research under the supervision of Elizabeth Eva Leech.
Read Jacob's luthier blog here
Born in Turkey, Ozan Karagöz studied violin, piano and singing in Izmir and composition, music theory and harpsichord in Istanbul. He studied mediaeval-renaissance singing with Kathleen Dineen and Dominique Vellard as well as ensemble direction with Crawford Young at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he also studied early music theory with Johannes Menke and Felix Diergarten.
Ozan is currently teaching (ad interim) “Historische Satzlehre” for Medieval-Renaissance music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
Ozan has performed with dedicated medieval ensembles in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands. Bookings include Ensemble Leones, Canto Coronato, Peregrina, and Perlaro.
Ozan is the founder and director of vocal ensemble Troxalida.
Félix Verry studied early music in Strasbourg with Stéphanie Pfister (baroque violin) and later in the Schola Cantorum in Basel (Switzerland) with Leila Schayegh (baroque violin) and Randall Cook (medieval fiddle and Renaissance violin). After he obtained his Master in baroque violin in 2015, he continued his studies in Basel by learning historical improvisation with Dirk Börner and Sven Schwannberger until he obtained a second Master in 2017.
Félix Verry focuses specifically on performing and teaching Medieval and Renaissance music. As an improviser, he focuses on the study and reconstruction of bastarda diminutions for Renaissance violin. He also plays folk music and performs free-form improvisation.
He co-created the duo Die Hasardeure, dedicated to the practice of improvisation in late-Renaissance and early-Baroque music. He also formed Stemme Nova, an ensemble which explores Northern European music from the early 17th century and its crossings with folk music.