is a collective of three singers, Elsa Grégoire, Anu Junnonen and François Vaiana. They create projects which focuses on original vocal music. They aim to expand the vocal possibilities through collaborations with different singers, instrumentalists and composers.
Their first project “The Art Of Love” is an A Cappella tribute to the great Belgian guitarist Pierre Van Dormael. The repertoire was written for six vocalists by leading Belgian jazz composers such as Fabrizio Cassol, Nathalie Loriers and Diederik Wissels.With they new program “Modern Tales” they are now collaborating with the American drummer and composer John Hollenbeck on material written exclusively for five voices and a drum set. John Hollenbeck and Brussels Vocal Project want to revisit this ancient orchestration through compositions based on modernized popular tales. The album came out in October 2020 on the parisien Label Signature from Radio France.
Brussels Vocal Project have performed their repertoire in many concert halls and venues in Belgium, Germany and Finland. They have also been called on numerous occasions to collaborate with bands such as David Linx and Diederik Wissels, Wildbirds and Peacedrums, and for different major events like the Magritte awards for cinema and the Floreales by the city of Brussels.
– Modern Tales –
Tales were born from popular beliefs and were transmitted across generations. Weather it’s the Three Little Pigs, the Little Mermaid or the Emperor’s New Clothes, the stories help people understand their struggles and behaviours. The make us aware of dangers by using the imaginary.
These timeless tales are still relevant today. Our society is questioning itself, people are lost and looking for alternative ways of living and thinking. Brussels Vocal Project sheds a new light on the tales by viewing them from a different angle. Putting them in a modern setting forces us to rethink what we know and to question ourselves.
Brussels Vocal Project decided to put the modern tales in music by collaborating with the composer John Hollenbeck and the drummer Moritz Baumgärtner. The instrumentation proposed here is probably one of the oldest known to mankind: drums and voice. Using the tales as inspiration, John Hollenbeck searches new ways of expression by experimenting with the musicians. Together, they have created a sound that will awake the curiosity in every listener.
Music: John Hollenbeck
Text: Elsa Grégoire, François Vaiana & Anu Junnonen
- Sarah Klenes (voice)
- Anu Junnonen (voice)
- Elsa Grégoire (voice)
- Emanuel Hahn (voice)
- François Vaiana (voice)
- Moritz Baungärtner (drums)
– Art of Love –
Six unique voices from different musical backgrounds find unity in this international project. Influences coming from jazz, pop and classical music, Brussels Vocal Project puts the possibilities of the voice in the picture.
The album ”The Art Of Love” includes compositions of leading Belgian composers. Fabrizio Cassol, Nathalie Loriers, Diederik Wissels, Pierre Vaiana, Pirly Zurstrassen, Fabian Fiorini and Serge Lazarévich wrote pieces that each refer to the master piece ”The Art Of Love” by Pierre Van Dormael. The lyrics were created by the vocalists. The result is an album full of warm harmonies, irresistable rhythms and original poetry. On top of the bill, David Linx was invited as a guest vocalist.
- Frédérike Borsarello‐Trésallet (soprano)
- Anu Junnonen (mezzo)
- Elsa Grégoire (alto)
- Jonas Cole (tenor)
- François Vaiana (baritone)
- Gilles Wiernik (bass)
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