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Aquilonis (Release date: 2014-11-21)

Trio Mediaeval

Founded in 1997, Trio Mediaeval developed its unique repertory during intense periods of work at the Hilliard Summer Festivals in England and Germany between 1998 and 2000, and subsequently with Linda Hirst and John Potter. "Singing doesn't get more unnervingly beautiful," wrote Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who declared their San Francisco debut "among the musical highlights of the year." He added, "To hear the group's note-perfect counterpoint is to be astonished at what the human voice is capable of."

“These three women have astonishingly beautiful voices,” Robert Levine wrote in American journal Stereophile, “with individual timbres that nonetheless mingle seamlessly... Trio Mediaeval sings with feeling, depth, and — dare I say it? — soul”. Such sentiments were echoed also throughout Europe. "A most impressive new group,” said Britain’s Early Music Review: “Their clear and unforced voices, with superb control of intonation and blend of tone, combine with an obvious musical intelligence, as evidenced by their ability to shape a musical line and give structure to a piece. Others have tried to reinterpret the medieval repertoire for soprano voices, but none as successfully as this young group."

The trio’s albums on ECM Records have featured performances of a diverse repertoire. “Words of the Angel”, recorded in 1999, included the Messe de Tournai, 14th century polyphony, and Ivan Moody’s title piece. “Soir, dit-elle” (recorded 2003) included Leonel Power's Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater alongside works by Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith and Ivan Moody. The trio's third album, “Stella Maris” (2005) featured 12th and 13th-century music from England and France as well as the world premiere recording of “Missa Lumen de Lumine” by Korean composer Sungji Hong. “Folk Songs” (2007), was an intimate collection of Norwegian folk songs with traditional percussion played by Birger Mistereggen. The album received a Grammy nomination as "Best Chamber Music Performance".

In the interim since “Folk Songs”, the singers have guested on other ECM recordings. Anna Friman and Linn Andrea Fuglseth both appear on Rolf Lislevand’s “Diminuito”. Friman also contributes to Arve Henriksen’s “Cartography”, a recording that, furthermore, incorporates the sampled voices of the Trio Mediaeval.

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Trio Medieval - A Worcester Ladymass


“A Worcester Ladymass” is launched with a special CD release concert in Oslo on March 4. This is followed by tours on both sides of the Atlantic. At the end of March the trio is in North America, with dates including St.Anne's Church, Toronto (March 23), Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City (March 26), Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, University Park, PA. (March 29), Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, NH (March 31).

Forthcoming European dates for Trio Mediaeval include Balejazz Festival, Balestrand, Norway (May 7), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (May 24), Festspillene Bergen, Norway (June 1), Ingolstadt, Germany (June 7), Kulturwochen Hauzenberg, Germany (July 6), Early Music Festival Riga, Latvia (July 8), Festival Internacional de Música da Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal (July 20).

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