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Altramar, in the Occitan language of the troubadours, was the name given to the Near Eastern lands that lay “over the sea;” the lands where Crusade and trade resulted in the rich cultural interchange of East and West.

Altramar medieval music ensemble, founded in 1991 in Bloomington, Indiana and now based in Texas, specializes in music of the Medieval Era, sharing historical repertory in the context of human experience, and evoking the vibrant tapestry of medieval culture. Altramar combines a process of collaborative partnership with a commitment to scholarship and expression. Altramar’s members arrived at their medieval meeting place by way of diverse musical paths, which included chamber music, rock and folk, jazz, and liturgical musics. They met in the late 1980’s while studying with the groundbreaking medieval music scholar and performer Thomas Binkley (1931-1995.)

While the members of Altramar continue to present their unique blend of song and story, drama and rhetoric, and voices and instruments to audiences nationally and internationally, in the past few years they have also devoted a great deal of energy and attention to early music in higher education, teaching full-time at Baylor and Texas Tech Universities in addition to various workshops. Recently, they were invited by J. Peter Burkholder, eminent musicologist and author/editor of A History of Western Music, to contribute three new tracks to the most recent edition of book’s companion CD series, The Norton Anthology of Music. The ensemble was honored to contribute to this latest edition of the series, which is the world’s most widely-used music history text and anthology.

Welcome to Altramar's website -- please read on to hear about our recent activities and find out about our performances and recordings!