642 specialises in repertoire from the age of basso continuo (late 16th—early 18th centuries). Led by Hannah Lane (early harps) and Nicholas Pollock (theorbo, lutes and baroque guitar), 642 collaborates with some of the finest early music performers in Australia. The ensemble is united by their passion for the art of continuo and a lively interest in improvisation and musical experimentation based on historical sources.
The numbers '642' denote a shorthand used in basso continuo practice to indicate the notes to be played above the bass line. This particular combination of pitches creates a crunchy and dissonant harmony, which we enjoy playing! You will hear this chord many times in our performances as it is prevalent in the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.