The Neue Vocalsolisten established as an ensemble specializing in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music in 1984. Founded under the artistic management of Musik der Jahrhunderte, the vocal chamber ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano over countertenor to “basso profondo”, shapes the work on chamber music and the co-operation with the composers and other interpreters through his/her distinguished artistic creativity.
Central to the group’s artistic concept are the areas of music theater and the interdisciplinary work with electronics, video, visual arts and literature, as well as the juxtaposition of contrasting elements found in ancient and contemporary music.
In 2010 Gareth met Christine Fischer, the manager of the Vocalsolisten, at the Wittener Tage and over the following months the idea was born to look at new pieces involving the singers combined with the clarinet, to look at how the combination could take the obvious differences but also the vocal qualities of the instrument, allowing not only juxtaposition but also an additional voice within the homogenous texture.
The ongoing collaboration has lead to a stream of new pieces, ranging from Johannes Schöllhorn’s intimate set of four miniatures ‘C’, through Yannis Kyriakides ‘the world feels pressure‘, and its use of live electronics to Bernhard Lang’s large scale ‘Hermetica V‘.