This CD features music spanning two centuries and three countries. Music by John Dowland (1563-1626), Robert Ballard (ca.1575-ca.1645), Giovanni Zamboni (fl.early 18th c.), and Giorgio Scotti (fl. Late 18th c.), plus an anonymous concerto from the Filippo dalla Casa Manuscript (1759) are played on three different instruments: seven-course Renaissance lute, ten-course Renaissance lute, and archlute. Hideki Yamaya is a guitarist and lutenist who has been active as a performer and teacher in California and Oregon for over 15 years. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and is actively teaching and performing all over the West Coast. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy.. He has had master classes with the foremost guitarists and lutenists of today, including Robert Barto, Victor Coelho, David Dolata, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Savino, Stephen Stubbs, David Tanenbaum, Scott Tennant, and Benjamin Verdery. He has performed with and for Portland Opera,Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, and Astoria Music Festival. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, and Italy.