Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Volti San Francisco House Of Voices Innova 2012

Modern classical/vocal music has always been about as exciting as a trip to the dentist office for me. Until now. House Of Voices is more than a traditional release, it is the future of new music under the guidance of artistic director and musical visionary Robert Geary.

Volti is made up of twenty professional singers that would appear to be on the cutting edge of a new vocal synthesis for choral work. So who are they? They are the only six time winners of the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. House Of Voices is a dazzling introduction to six 21st century works from American composers that is as organic and as diverse a recording as one may find. Couple the dynamic contrast with pristine sound quality and the release develops an eclectic heartbeat on its own.

A traditional review of such an aesthetically invigorating experience is somewhat difficult. To bring the release into the more traditional jazz terminology then consider this vocal fusion of the very finest caliber. Texture, tone, phrasing all blending to form a new brand. Simply put, this is an experience for more than just the classical fan, the broad range appeal of this brilliant demonstration of the sonic spectrum should appeal to a far larger audience than what some of the more traditional classical labels are releasing. Not that the traditional classical labels are bad or are playing it safe, Volti is simply the natural evolution of choral music made accessible yet deceptively complex in arrangement.

A sublime experience for the vocal aficionado and fans of new music everywhere.