Karen Burciaga (Renaissance violin, treble viol, mezzo-soprano)

Karen Burciaga earned an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, studying Baroque violin with Dana Maiben and viol with Jane Hershey. She holds a BM from Vanderbilt University, where she first began playing early strings. She has performed with The King’s Noyse, Cambridge Concentus, Exsultemus, Arcadia Players, Newton Baroque, and other period ensembles throughout New England. Karen is a founding member of Seven Times Salt, and Long & Away, a viol consort. With those ensembles she has researched and presented original programs at the Boston, Bloomington, and Amherst Early Music Festivals. Karen studied historical dance with Ken Pierce, Dorothy Olson and Kaspar Mainz and has enjoyed dancing in several period opera productions. She taught on the string faculty of the Texas TOOT, and currently serves on the board of the Viola da Gamba Society, New England chapter. She is also the fiddler for the Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli and the Celtic group Ulster Landing. For more information on Karen and her musical activities, visit her website at

Daniel Meyers (recorders, flutes, bagpipes, percussion, baritone)

A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Dan has developed a reputation as a flexible and engaging performer of both classical and folk music; his credits range from premieres of avant-garde chamber music, to headlining a concert series in honor of Pete Seeger at the Newport Folk Festival, to playing Renaissance instruments on Broadway as part of the “band” for the Globe Shakespeare Company. In addition to Seven Times Salt, he performs regularly with the Boston-based 7 Hills Renaissance Wind Band, and has played with the Folger Consort, the Newberry Consort, the Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble, Early Music New York, La Follia Baroque (Austin,TX), the viol consort Long and Away, El Fuego, the Medieval music ensemble Meravelha, and the Cambridge Revels. He is the director of early wind instrument studies at the Five Colleges (MA) and has taught at Tufts University and for the Pinewoods Early Music Week. He also performs southern Italian folk music with the award-winning band Newpoli, and traditional Irish music with the trio Ulster Landing. (For more information on his piping activities, visit The Piper’s Page ). Dan Meyers holds a Master of Music degree in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, and BA degrees in Music and English Literature from Whitman College.

josh2007 Josh Schreiber Shalem (viola da gamba, bass)

Josh grew up playing the cello, and studied it at Bennington College with Maxine Newman, graduating with a BA in 1994. While there, he was a member of the Early Music Ensemble, where he first became acquainted with the viola da gamba. Chronic hand pain necessitated a hiatus in his playing activities, until he discovered the Feldenkrais Method®. Now a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, Josh has a private practice with an emphasis on functional movement for musicians. Josh holds an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music and performs around the Boston area with ensembles such as the viol consort Long & Away, Musica Nuova, Capella Clausura and Meravelha. He is on the faculty of the World Fellowship Early Music Week, where he teaches both music and Feldenkrais. Josh is also active in Boston’s Jewish community as an educator and cantorial soloist. 

Matthew Wright (lute, cittern, guitar, tenor)

Matthew spent the years 1987-2000 impersonating a classical guitarist while playing bass guitar in an original rock band in the state of Maryland. He attended the Peabody Conservatory as an undergraduate and studied classical guitar with Ray Chester and lute with Mark Cudek. Upon moving to Massachusetts in 2000, he took up the lute seriously and studied with Douglas Freundlich at The Longy School of Music, earning a Master of Music degree. Currently, Matthew struggles through this world playing the lute with Seven Times Salt. He also insists on playing bouzouki with Ulster Landing, an Irish traditional group, as well as playing continuo on archlute across New England. He is the tenor section leader at The Eliot Church in Newton and a contributing writer to the Lute Society of America.

mikey-small Michael Barrett (tenor, recorder, lute)

Michael has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Huelgas Ensemble, Blue Heron, Vox Luminis, Netherlands Bach Society, L’Académie, and Exsultemus, and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi and Blue Heron labels. Michael directs Convivium Musicum, a chamber choir for Renaissance music, and the Meridian Singers, a chamber chorus at MIT. He has taught courses at Boston University and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and served as a choral director at Bridgewater State University. With his wife Anney he is co-owner of The Green Room, a multi-purpose arts studio in Union Square, Somerville, where he teaches voice, piano, and music theory. Michael holds an AB in music from Harvard, an MM in choir conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a diploma in Baroque and Classical singing from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and a DMA in choral conducting from Boston University, where he now teaches choral repertoire and performance practice.