Regis University Director of Music, musicologist, and singer-songwriter Mark Davenport combines renaissance with rock to create his new CD “Joyful Sighs & Soulful Hymns”

Donnie Veasey

Regis University Associate Professor and Director of Music Mark Davenport, will release his second solo CD entitled “Joyful Sighs & Soulful Hymns” on Oct. 23. The Louisville, Colorado resident, singer-songwriter and pianist is equally known for his work as a virtuoso renaissance and baroque woodwind player—having performed as a soloist with such groups as the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra, and at special concert events at Regis University. Davenport’s new CD was funded in part by Regis University with a special grant focused on supporting faculty and their creative endeavors.

Davenport received his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an authority on early seventeenth-century English consort music. For this new CD, Davenport fuses his two areas of expertise with original songs based on sixteenth and seventeenth century hymns and motets.

“As a songwriter, bringing together my multiple areas of musical interest is something I’ve wanted to experiment with for a number of years,” Davenport said. “I’m just as passionate about renaissance music as I am for contemporary popular styles, and after working on this project for two years I’m finally happy with the results.”

For the recording Davenport assembled a band consisting of both traditional rock instrumentation and renaissance instruments, like the recorder and viola da gamba. Davenport is joined by three other Coloradans, Louisville resident and Grammy-Award winning guitarist, David Snider, Christian Teele, a celebrated drummer from Lafayette, and Daniel Jones, a resident of Black Hawk, on pedal steel guitar. Wendy Gillespie, president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and faculty member at the University of Indiana, rounds out the ensemble on the viola da gamba.

Davenport will release his new CD on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. with a live interview on KRFC 88.9 Fort Collins “Morning Mix.” Live streaming is available on krfcfm.org. Live performances are planned for January.

For more information, visit Davenport’s Web site at www.openthepeople.com. The CD will be available on CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.