GEMS Live! is a unique not-for-profit booking agency representing an elite roster of New York's world-class early music ensembles: Asteria, East of the River, House of Time, Parthenia, and Pomerium. Established in 2008, GEMS Live! is a program of Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc. The program strives to stimulate excellence in the field of early music by bringing the best of New York's early music scene to concert and festival audiences throughout the United States and Europe.
Shirley Hunt, Director of Booking and Artist Representation
Shirley Hunt stands at a unique intersection in the performing arts. In addition to being an internationally respected performer of early music, Shirley is also a seasoned administrator who has held positions at La Jolla Music Society, Ariel Artists, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Celebrity Series of Boston. Shirley holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California. She also runs a consulting company focused on career coaching for performing artists. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Shirley drinks quite a bit of black coffee and divides her time between Boston and New York.
Wendy Redlinger, Senior Artist Representative
Wendy enjoyed a successful career at Vermont-based World Learning and its School for International Training overseeing language instructional programs abroad and negotiating with organizations around the world for placement of ESL teachers. Fluent in English, Spanish, German, Nepalese and conversant in French, she began her career as a booking agent by representing the medieval duo Asteria following their win of the 2004 EMA Medieval/Renaissance competition (her son, Eric, is half the duo). From 2006 to 2013, she was booking a roster of New York-based early music groups for GEMS Live! which at one point includes 14 ensembles! Since 2013, Wendy has been leading Road Scholar educational travel tours to Cuba and stepping in for special projects with GEMS Live!. In 2015 Wendy started booking a debut tour for the Cuban early music ensemble, Ars Longa, which took place this past February/March. She continues to represent Ars Longa for U.S. touring in 2018 and beyond. Wendy holds a B. Mus. degree in piano performance, and has been performing on portativ organ and harpsichord since1991, first in a duo with the late Edmund Brelsford and later with local southern Vermont baroque ensembles, where she lives.