Phil and Gayle Neuman are musicians, teachers, and instrument builders that engage in the performance of historical music from a variety of periods. See Performance above for information about their various musical ensembles. They have received international recognition as performers and scholars of Ancient Greek music and have several recordings of this repertoire on the Pandourion label available from North Pacific Music (see Store or Historical Music CDs above).
“Portland’s reigning masters of early music, Phil and Gayle Neuman” – Brett Campbell, Oregon Artswatch, March 9, 2015
“Phil and Gayle Neuman are well known for their knowledge of Early Music, but they are also world-class experts in Ancient Music, music stretching back from pre-Medieval times to the very earliest days of our civilization in Sumer, Egypt, Greece and Rome.” Vancouver B.C. Recorder Society, October 3, 2015
They also perform music of the Renaissance as Ensemble De Organographia and direct The Oregon Renaissance Band. They have a number of recordings of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and other periods, available from North Pacific Music (see Store above.) They also direct The Fireside Social Orchestra, specializing in the performance of 19th century music on period instruments.
The Neumans teach early music performance classes at the Community Music Center in Portland (see Classes above), and have taught music history at Portland State University, Linfield College and other institutions. See Bios above for their individual biographical details.
They teach at various workshops in the USA and codirect the annual Early Music Guild of Oregon Workshop in the fall, as well as the Switzerland Workshop in Steckborn, Switzerland. The Neumans have performed at the Smithsonian Institution, The Getty Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rice University, Washington University, University of Missouri at Columbia, Amman Conservatory in Jordan, the Bodrum Crusader Castle Archeological Museum in Turkey, and at ancient theater sites in Epidaurus, Delphi, and Rhodes. They are members of The Trail Band, and have performed with the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Magnificat, and Cappella Romana. They appear as themselves in the movie, “Buddymoon,” and can be heard on the original soundtrack of the 2016 movie “Ben-Hur.” Their ancient Greek music can be heard on TED Talk “Music and Emotion through Time” with Michael Tilson Thomas.