MODERNMEDIEVAL TRIO OF VOICES
ModernMedieval Trio of Voices is a new, all female ensemble created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, former member of the world renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She is joined by Martha Cluver and Eliza Bagg from the celebrated ensemble “Roomful of Teeth” to present programs that combine medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras.
ModernMedieval takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire, and combines them with a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences.
The ensemble gave a triumphant debut performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC in December 2016, and this season is presenting a program entitled The Living Word, which combines several of Hildegard of Bingen’s most celebrated chants with new commissions by some of today’s leading composers, including Joel Phillip Friedman, Daniel Thomas Davis, Caleb Burhans, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
ModernMedieval will present concerts in New York, Washington D.C and Virginia during the 2017-2018 season, including a collaboration with Julianna Barwick as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC.
ABOUT THE TRIO:
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a former member of the acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and currently is Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, an umbrella ensemble devoted to developing projects that combine early and new music. She was a featured soloist on the Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns, and has been a guest soloist with many ensembles, including the Washington Bach Consort, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), Hesperion XXI and Distinguished Concerts International New York. She has sung with English National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Center for Contemporary Opera and American Opera Projects, and was the mezzo soloist in the world premieres of The Origin, (Richard Einhorn) and Requiem for the Titanic (Philip Hammond).She holds degrees from Queens University Belfast and Columbia University, and is currently a D.M.A candidate and Teaching Fellow at The Juilliard School. Jacqueline is also a voice teacher: she is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and Columbia University Teachers College and maintains a private studio in New York.
Dedicated to performing both new and early music, Brooklyn-based soprano Eliza Bagg has worked closely with a number of prominent composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Chris Cerrone, and Emily Hall. Upcoming highlights include John Zorn’s Commedia dell’Arte at the Guggenheim, Bill Britelle’s Spiritual America, and performances with Roomful of Teeth and A Far Cry. Bagg has sung as a soloist or in small chamber ensemble with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sandbox Percussion & HOWL, NOW Ensemble, Victoire, The American Symphony Orchestra, The St. Andrew Chorale and Orchestra, and Contemporaneous, and has collaborated closely with a number of prominent musicians within the new music community including Glenn Kotche, Caroline Shaw, Jeffrey Zeigler, Ashley Bathgate, Vicky Chow, and Dan Lippel.
Vocalist Martha Cluver has been praised by the New York Times for her “fluid, dark-hued” and “soulful” soprano voice. Martha is a founding member of the Grammy award winning vocal band Roomful of Teeth. She also performs regularly with the Church of Trinity Wall Street Choir, Pomerium, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, and Voices of Ascension. Notable solo performances include works by John Zorn, George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Caleb Burhans, Alice Shields, Claude Vivier, George Benjamin and Emmanuel Nunes. Martha spends most of her musical life as a chamber musician, focusing on early and new music. She has performed and recorded many works by Steve Reich, and frequently works with the composers of Bang on a Can. Martha attended the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Viola, in 2003. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.