So what is H.I.P? Depending on who you ask it can be anything from the latest fashion statement to the newest rock group. But for us, H.I.P. stands for Historically Informed Performance. Taking into account the way the music was concieved, the process it was learned and the manners in which it was performed, H.I.P. musicians strive to bring out the beauty of the music as it was written. H.I.P. can sometimes be called "authentic" performance practice, but it is not authenticity that drives us. To quote an Early Music.com interview with Sigiswald Kuijken, "...the most important thing ...is to make the deepest contact ... with Bach's art, to try to penetrate the richer world that was his." So, for us H.I.P. is not just informed, it is inspired, it is intriguing.