Joan Kimball is the former artistic co-director and a founding member of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band. She has concertized with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America and has performed with many of the leading early music artists and ensembles in this country. With Piffaro she has recorded for Newport Classics, Deutsche Grammophon Archiv Produktion, Dorian Recordings and PARMA/Navona, and in addition can be heard on the Vanguard, Eudora and Vox Amadeus labels.
Widely known in the early music community as a teacher of recorder, early double reeds and bagpipes, she has been on faculty at early music festivals and workshops across the country, including The Madison Early Music Festival, The Indiana Early Double Reed Workshop, Amherst Early Music, The San Francisco Early Music Recorder Workshop, and Hidden Valley Early Music Workshop.
Joan has intimate knowledge and experience with early double reeds, playing both shawm and dulcian, as well as capped reeds and bagpipes. She has far too many of the latter in various sizes, pitches and volumes in her studio, and is committed to keeping them all in good working order! She makes her own reeds for all her instruments and supplies them as well for reed players across the country. One of her specialties is refurbishing whole sets of krumhorns, replacing the old plastic reeds with more authentic cane ones. In addition, she collaborates with instrument maker Joel Robinson on the construction of Medieval and Renaissance bagpipes.