The Belgian vocal ensemble Graindelavoix came to the attention of the musical public in 2006 thanks to a recording of Ockeghem’s Missa Caput. According to a review in the British music journal Gramophone: “They consciously step away from the angelic, ethereal approach that’s usually associated with this kind of repertoire.” For its performance, the ensemble has won the Edison Award, which is given out not only in the area of the arts, and the award of the Belgian musical press, the Prix Caecilia. Graindelavoix is a regular guest at important festivals that are not just for early music (Regensburg, Utrecht, Wroclaw, Avignon etc.) and also on concert series (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, BOZAR Brussels etc.).
The ensemble’s founder and artistic director Björn Schmelzer studied anthropology and musicology. In addition, he has made a number of study visits to Italy (Sardinia, Sicily), Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, where his main goal was to learn widely varied kinds of medieval songs and repertoire, to which he tries to bring his own knowledge from the areas of anthropology, ethnomusicology, and history. It is to these questions, among other things, that he devotes his wealth of activity in publishing, in the course of which he is currently preparing for the publication of his first book, which is devoted to the human voice.
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