About this project
VOX 3 Collective heads into the recording studio (Uptown Recording) to document new works in the art song genre, resulting in two full albums. The first, "New Song: Cycles from Chicago," features music evocative of urban life, alongside new interpretations of familiar authors such as Shakespeare and Sandburg. The second, "Spirit Within: Songs of Faith and Contemplation," documents the collision of sacred and profane in modern spirituality. The majority of these pieces were written for members of the ensemble, and premiered on concerts throughout the group's five seasons to date. The final results of this project should be available by digital download and on CD through CDBaby (just in time for Christmas!).
We aim to revitalize the art song genre, as well as increase the exposure of the talented artists who wrote and performed this music. Our composers, poets, singers, and pianists are young professionals who have trained with master artists. They have met with success on stages, in concert halls, and in acclaimed publications. The release of these albums will create a high-quality documentation of their collaborative effort.
Our personnel for “New Song” have strong Chicago connections, having lived and worked in the city for many years. Several of the pieces reflect the city itself: "Morning Commute" by Adam Gustafson sketches the colored lines of the Chicago Transit Authority train system. “Chicago Songs” by Eric Malmquist sets several of Carl Sandburg’s famous impressions of the city. "Circle Dance Music" by Amos Gillespie takes the audience into three paintings at Chicago’s Art Institute. Other composers featured include Randall Moore, Matthew Lawton, and Eric Reda.
“Spirit Within” shows the intellectual curiosity inherent in all VOX 3 projects. Specifically, this album explores the sacred feminine, finds new ways to set scriptural texts, and reflects on what it means to believe in something beyond oneself. This album features new music by several Chicago composers (including Randall West, Amos Gillespie, Myron Silberstein, and Adam Gustafson) alongside the first recordings of works by established names such as Beeson, Ferko, and Reinecke.
Why Art Song?
VOX 3 feels that art song is an important but overlooked genre. Defined as "a song of serious artistic purpose designed for concert performance," art song is the ideal vehicle to convey both musical and poetic ideas. From the form’s beginnings, art song provided a forum for people to perform, reflect, and discuss. Composer, poet, singer, pianist, and audience together experience and shape stories, creating a bond born of art.
Today’s fast-paced society has left little room for human connection. Art song provides a respite from life’s daily flurry: a form to savor, contemplate, and endure. Our goal is to preserve a living, vibrant art – VOX 3 Collective takes vocal music out of the museum, maintaining traditions and integrity, while seeking new directions in creative ventures.
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