Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart in Ottawa—Tuesday, February 26th
Two Inuit throat singers will join the renowned German vocal ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and accordionist Margit Kern to perform Gordon Williamson’s New Vocal Encounters. This intercultural meeting is the result of a close collaboration between the Canadian composer now based in Germany, the Avataq Cultural Institute and indigenous community of Puvirnituq (Nunavik), as well as with the featured Inuit singers.
About the Neue Vocalsolisten
They are researchers, discoverers, adventurers and idealists. Their partners are specialist ensembles and radio orchestras, opera houses and the free theater scene, electronic studios and countless organizers of contemporary music festivals and concert series in the world.
The Neue Vocalsolisten established as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music in 1984. Founded under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte, the vocal chamber ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to "basso profondo", shapes the work on chamber music and the co-operation with the composers and other interpreters through his/her distinguished artistic creativity.
The ensemble’s chief interest lies on research: exploring new sounds, new vocal techniques and new forms of articulation, whereby great emphasis is placed on establishing a dialogue with composers. Each year, the ensemble premiers about twenty new works. Central to the group’s artistic concept are the areas of music theatre and the interdisciplinary work with electronics, video, visual arts and literature, as well as the juxtaposition of contrasting elements found in ancient and contemporary music.