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Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, originally called "The Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band", is a Philadelphiamarker-based early music ensemble. The group was founded in 1980, and performs music of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods on a variety of early wind instruments, augmented by percussion and strings.

Piffaro generally performs a concert series of four to five concerts a year in Philadelphia, in addition to touring throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. The ensemble also has extensive recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, Dorian Recordings, Newport Classics, Navona Records, and under their own label. The group's current musical directors are Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken.

Selected recordings

  • Obrecht: Chansons-Songs-Motets, Capilla Flamenca, Piffaro (Eufoda EUF1361)
  • Music from the Odhecaton, Piffaro (Dorian XCD 90301)
  • Stadtpfeiffer: Music of Renaissance Germany, Piffaro (Dorian XCD-90292)
  • Chansons et Danceries - French Renaissance Winds, Piffaro (Deutsche Grammophon DGG 4471072)
  • Wind Music of the Spanish Renaissance, Piffaro (Archiv 4543441-2)


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