In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Among specialists Camerata is regarded as one of world's best a capella groups. They represent the best of the great Russian choir tradition. Their experiments with new forms and sounds make them totally different from other groups. The group comprises eight professional musicians, seven singers and a sound engineer. All of them have graduated from music academies in Belarus and Russia. Their home base is in Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. Camerata's repertoire includes pieces belonging to different genres, from classical and ethnic to jazz, often interwoven into each other, giving birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The singers are sophisticated both in styles and voice timbres, artistically adapting each off them to a particular work. So when speaking about Camerata it is not enough to say that they have got a soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Each of the above is quite unexpectedly presented in their original compositions, combined with sound imitation, making them absolutely unique.
It has brought Camerata admiration of audiances all over the world and at festivals of all music traditions: academic, folklore, spiritual, avant-garde, jazz, blues and rock. They repeatedly manifested their talents during their concert tours in Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria, Germany and the United States as well at major music forums such as Varna Summer, International Gospel Music Festival, International Ankara Music Festival, Molde International Jazz Festival and others. Their tours of the former USSR cities (St.Petersburg, Riga, Moscow, Kalingrad) were just as succesful and impressive.
Listening to Camerata is a unique experience having quite a magic effect. This could perhaps be accounted for by the careful attention that is paid by the group to each individual voice, resulting in impeccable part singing and intonation. In addition to that, their compositions are very special , with a variety of plots where there is always something 'sacred profane', heavenly and human. (David Weiss).
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Review: The Camerata Vocal Group comprises eight professional musicians, seven singers and a sound engineer. All are graduates of higher schools of music in Belarus and Russia. Their repertoire includes pieces belonging to different genres, from classical to jazz, oftentimes interwoven with each other, giving birth to totally new and uncommon combinations. The core of "Angel" is Slavic folklore, but each piece is a work of experimental and quite amazing vocal art. Concert tours in the Soviet Union, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Austria and the U.S. have gained them fans from all music traditions. Eight stunning pieces: "Near The Grove," the soaring "Falcon," the title tune (with a marvelous vocal "horn section"), the classical/jazzy "My Little Eye-Brows," "Autumn Night," "Segudilia," "Bulgarian Fantasy" and "Christmas." Absolutely lovely, with harmonies and vocal effects that must be heard to be believed. Camerata is one of the best in the world, however we wish to define or categorize them!