Temmo Korisheli, tenor
Temmo Korisheli enjoys a wide-ranging musical career, with a particular emphasis on early music. He has performed frequently throughout the United States and Canada with such early music groups as the Renaissance wind band Ciaramella (Los Angeles), Ensemble La Monica (Berkeley), the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Liber unUsualis (Boston), the New York Collegium under Andrew Parrott, and Texas Early Music Project, as well as guesting with the collegiums at UC Berkeley, USC, and UT-Austin. He also has appeared in concerts and theatrical productions at Amherst Early Music Festival in New England (where he teaches and works on staff with TEMP director Danny Johnson) for the past 25 summers.
Mr. Korisheli is active in the wider musical world, as well. He has been a featured soloist with various choral organizations in his native California, has sung in several productions by Opera Santa Barbara, and conducted the recent UC Santa Barbara’s Opera Workshop production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo from the harpsichord. He is the artistic director of the 16-voice a cappella Adelfos Ensemble of Santa Barbara, and is a longtime program annotator and member of the Quire of Voyces, another a cappella chamber choir based there. For the past 25 years, he has held various leadership roles in the music program of All Saints’-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (Montecito), presently serving as its associate music director. He has extensive experience in Middle Eastern music, shape-note singing, and on the old-time banjo, and, this past winter, celebrated 24 seasons of spreading Christmas cheer with the Santa Barbara Holiday Carollers. Mr. Korisheli holds degrees in historical musicology and chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where he is a supervisor and cataloguer in the Music Library and directs an off-the-books early-music ensemble.