Josh Stauffer, Theorbo
Chiara Stauffer, Violin
Giovanni Pandolfi Mealli (1624-1670)
Violin sonata “La Castella”, Op. 3, No. 4 in D Major
Robert de Visée (c. 1655 – 1732/1733)
Theorbo suite in C Minor
Sonata quarta for Violin “per sonar con due corde”, Op. 8
Nicola Matteis (1650-1714)
Suite in E Minor from “Ayres for the Violin” Book 1
Time Canvas seeks to bring together people from all walks of life by exploring old works through innovative perspectives. The ensemble’s core instrumentation of violin and theorbo enables its audiences to experience music in an intimate, personal way. Specializing in historical performance on gut strings, founding members Chiara Fasani Stauffer and Joshua Stauffer are dedicated to bringing to life the warmth and character unique to period instruments.
Founded in 2013, Time Canvas started its journey with a national tour of ‘The Bach Project’: a concert experience that paired works by J.S. Bach together with completely free improvisation. Through the years the ensemble has endeavored to push the boundaries of the traditional classical concert setting by producing projects like ‘Silence, Space, & Sound’ lauded as “stunning” and “musically commanding” (Cleveland Classical), which encouraged the audience to write, draw, and move about during the performances. These concerts also featured a newly commissioned work by American composer Jeremy Allen. More recently Time Canvas has explored themes of displacement, migration, and belonging in the summer series ‘Home Not Home’, which was described as “memorable” and “powerful” (Cleveland Classical).
Time Canvas often invites guest artists to share their unique voice. Past collaborations have included cellists Robert Nicholson, Roland Gjernes, and David Ellis, violinist Aniela Eddy, violist Sarah Poe, bassist Joel Negus, percussionists Anthony Taddeo and Luke Rinderknecht, and hip hop artist Archie Green.
In 2017 and 2018 Time Canvas was the proud recipient of project support grants by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Time Canvas is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.
Musicivic Everywhere November 27 (7:30 PM ET)
Twin Forks Musicivic November 22 (3:00 PM ET), 25 (7:30 PM ET), 27 (7:30 PM ET)
Joshua Stauffer is a restless creative who performs music from over four centuries on a variety of plucked instruments. He began his career as an electric guitarist performing jazz and improvised music, before transitioning to the classical guitar via contemporary works and chamber music. His diverse musical interests converged when he encountered the theorbo, a large lute which performs primarily basso continuo, or improvised accompaniment, in chamber and orchestral works from the 17th and early 18th centuries.
A keen interest in musical collaboration has taken Joshua across the United States and around the globe, including concerts in Thailand, New Zealand, England, France, Switzerland, and Canada. He is a founding member and the executive director of Time Canvas, an ensemble dedicated to performing early music and new compositions on period instruments. Recent orchestral appearances include Early Music New York, The Sebastians, and the Academy of Sacred Drama, and he has performed as a guest artist at the University of Michigan, Notre Dame University, and Utah State University.
Joshua received his Master of Music in historical plucked instruments at The Juilliard School in New York City. Previous studies include a Master of Music in classical guitar in the studio of Jason Vieaux at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Swiss violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer enjoys playing music ranging from the Baroque to the twenty-first century and has had the privilege of performing across three continents. Since relocating to the United States in 2012, Ms. Stauffer co-founded Time Canvas, a chamber music group committed to bringing innovative music to people across a broad section of society.
As a baroque violinist Ms. Stauffer performs with groups such as Apollo’s Fire, The Washington Bach Consort, and Teatro Nuovo. In 2019 she was selected as an American Fellow of the English Concert.
Ms. Stauffer holds degrees from the Juilliard School and the Basel Hochschule für Musik.
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