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Nordic Voices

  • Vocal Ensemble

Biography

Based in Oslo, Nordic Voices tour a rich and varied repertoire, performed with immediacy, intimacy and fun. Their astonishingly beautiful singing and stage presence, with their smart and stylish performance style, captivates their audiences, as is evidenced by requests for return engagements. During the 2007/08 season, they will again bring us an expansive variety of repertoire, from medieval to modernist.

A recent sampling of their performance schedule includes: a North American tour featuring their Canadian debut at Soundstreams/Northern Encounters Festival; their Japanese debut in Kyoto at the World Symposium on Choral Music; a project with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and performances at the Fartein Valen Festival, the Greek festival Modelo in Patras; and a set of seven concerts in five days at the Hardanger Musikkfest in Norway followed by the Festival in Noirlac, France.
The group's landmark recording, Sense and nonSense, was released on the Jonathan Digital label in 2002. The CD celebrates a focus on different approaches toward text in vocal music, from the use of abstract phonemes to pictorial storytelling.

In 2003 Nordic Voices returned to the studio to record a CD of early music, The Time of Carlos V featuring works of Morales, Manchicourt and more. A new recording of contemporary music, drawn from works Nordic Voices has commissioned over the last two years is in the making.

Since its formation in 1996, Nordic Voices has toured extensively in Norway and abroad, performing at major festivals and on prestigious series. They have garnered considerable acclaim through their frequent radio and television appearances in Europe. The ensemble has commissioned and performed many new works, and is expert at deftly programming for an exciting mix.

Based in Oslo, Norway, the members of Nordic Voices were educated at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the National Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, where they specialized in opera, composition, church music and pedagogy.