The word “sprezzatura” is an Italian term that originated in the late Renaissance meaning “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it.” We use this as inspiration to perform works with an improvisational flair.

We started as a group of friends who have odd instruments dating from the Italian 16th and 17th centuries and decided to make an ensemble around the instruments we play.

Sprezzatura! is Julie Elhard (lirone, gamba, basse de violon), Ginna Watson (viola da braccio, violin), Paul Berget (tiorba, guitar), and Donald Livingston (arpa doppia, organ, harpsichord).

Sprezzatura! performs 6-8 pm on Saturday, October 10 at THE SHOW ART GALLERY • 253 East 4th Street

See our webpage: Sprezzatura!