Mora Vocis began as a host of male and female singers; then they were five; then they were seven. The male voices later departed to leave a select group of songstresses. Today’s line-up of remarkable ladies comes from all over the world and continues to take audiences’ breath away.
Historic buildings set into vibration
With their whirls of sound, the singers interact with the acoustic characteristics of each venue, drawing the attention of the public to parts of the edifice they often no longer even notice. Each venue, whether it be of historic interest or purely unconventional, becomes an integral part of the journey.
The musicians of Mora Vocis, singing by heart and with flowing movement, captivate each form of architectural heritage. A dash of humour and an unexpected flight of fancy provide the finishing touches to each production.
Circus artists, actors or dancer-choreographers join forces with Mora Vocis to put the human body in the limelight and, through the melodic line of a silent clown or a tightrope walker’s dream, further the sense of motion imparted by the singers.
A company of connoisseurs
The common goal of performing music from the Middle Ages and the present day unites the singers, who express an essential and deep-felt communal spirit, enhanced by their respective specialised training in musical and other/alternate/parallel fields.
From the neum to polyphony
Somewhat like builder journeymen, the singers are inspired as much by the physical medium as the beauty of the medieval manuscripts. Rather than attempting to produce a historical reconstruction, Mora Vocis simply shares its passion for these musical treasures, from virtuosic neumæ to the complex polyphony of Ars subtilior.
From contemporary music to the Middle Ages
Which comes first?
Many a contemporary composer and music maker has been won over by medieval thinking. A poem, canticle or melody from the Middle Ages serves as inspiration for compositions that fit the voices of Mora Vocis like a glove. The singers enjoy interpreting these new scores with the same uncompromising approach they adopt for the early repertoire.
To sum up
Mora Vocis can take on multifarious forms for different concert programmes but always demonstrates the same enthusiasm, whether it be during rehearsals, concerts or over a good meal!
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