In presentation with Melbourne Recital Centre, Invenio Singers returns to the stunning Primrose Potter Salon to premiere Music for a While, a reimagining of music from two eras in vocal music history – the works of G.F. Handel and Henry Purcell with Hugo Wolf and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The ensemble’s stunning a cappella arrangements for large ensemble honour and magnify the music’s poetry and harmonic depths while bringing a contemporary and unique ensemble aesthetic to these timeless works.
Recently returned from performances in New York, Invenio Singers has been recognised by audiences and critics alike for its sophisticated approach to ensemble singing. Led by prodigious vocalist and composer Gian Slater, Invenio Singers is an innovative ensemble of improvising and contemporary singers, experimenting with the typical choral form through to conceptual composition, extended vocal technique, fluid improvising, choreographed movement and inventive performance. Invenio Singers creates an expansive, celestial sound-world that unifies and honours the individual characters and voices, free of cliché and affectation and with a deep and natural emotional immediacy.
Invenio’s most recent collaboration with contemporary performance company Rawcus culminated in the acclaimed 2017 production Song for a Weary Throat, which received three Green Room Awards and was presented at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Previous collaborations have included Us and Others with Speak Percussion, ARIA-nominated album Graft with Barney McAll, a sold-out season at the Arts Centre Spiegeltent with Lior, and Luminesce with video artist Robert Jarvis which won an International Visual Music Award in 2015. The ensemble has featured at various festivals and major events around the country including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, White Night Melbourne, Capital Jazz Project (Canberra), QPAC (Brisbane), Melbourne Music Week and Melbourne Fringe Festival. Invenio Singers has released two albums of original music by Gian Slater – Gone, with saying (2011) and Clarion/Whisper (2014).
Thursday 31 January 8pm
Primrose Potter Salon (One hour no interval)
Works by Purcell, Handel, Wolf and
Vaughan Williams arranged by Invenio Singers. Invenio Singers
Tickets $30 ($25 conc)
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