MODERNMEDIEVAL TRIO OF VOICES
“Horner-Kwiatek, Cluver and Bagg sang exquisitely together, their voices so tightly intertwined that they often sounded as one clear strand….an evening of gloriously clear voices singing exquisitely wrought music spanning centuries.” (Steven Pisano, Feast of Music)
ModernMedieval is a new, all female ensemble created by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, former member of the world renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She is joined by singers from the celebrated ensemble Roomful of Teeth to present programs that combine medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras.
ModernMedieval takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire and combines them with a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences.
The ensemble gave a triumphant debut performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC in December 2016, and is currently presenting a program entitled Words of Love and Wisdom, which combines several of Hildegard of Bingen’s most celebrated chants with new commissions by some of today’s leading composers, including Joel Phillip Friedman, Daniel Thomas Davis, Caleb Burhans, and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.
ModernMedieval gave concerts in New York, Washington D.C., and Virginia during the 2017-2018 season, including a collaboration with Julianna Barwick as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC that was broadcast live on WNYC’s NewSoundsLive.
2018-2019 brings exciting collaborations with composers Ben Frost, Angelicia Negron, and Julianna Barwick as part of Liquid Music in MN, residences at Princeton and East Carolina Universities, and concerts in Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and NYC, where the Trio will make its debut at The Cloisters as part of the MetArtsLive series.
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a former member of the acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and currently is Artistic Director of ModernMedieval, an umbrella ensemble devoted to developing projects that combine early and new music. She has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist, specializing in early and new music. She has collaborated with many composers including Judith Weir, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Orlando Gough, Richard Einhorn, Andrew Toovey, Andrew Lovett, Louis Conti, Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears, Phil Kline, and David Lang, appearing as a guest soloist with many distinguished ensembles including Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Washington Bach Consort, Hesperion XXI, Distinguished Concerts International New York, Singcircle, Continuum, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, Ixion, Dogs of Desire, Ekmeles, S.E.M. Ensemble, and the Locrian Chamber Ensemble. She was a featured soloist on the Grammy Award-winning album Calling All Dawns. She has sung with English National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera Factory Zurich and London, Center for Contemporary Opera, and American Opera Projects, premiering roles in works by Daniel Thomas Davis, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Iannis Xenakis, among others, and was the mezzo soloist in the world premieres of The Origin (Richard Einhorn) and Requiem for the Titanic (Philip Hammond). She holds degrees from Queens University Belfast and Columbia University, and has a D.M.A in Performance from The Juilliard School. Jacqueline is also a voice teacher: she is a member of the Performance Faculty at Princeton, an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, and maintains a private studio in New York.
Eliza Bagg is a Brooklyn and Los Angeles-based musician. As a vocalist, she has worked closely with a number of prominent and emerging composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, Judd Greenstein, Christopher Cerrone, Caroline Shaw, and Daniel Wohl, among others. Recent and upcoming performances include Michael Gordon’s opera Acquanetta at the 2018 Prototype Festival, Amy Beth Kirsten’s chamber work Savior with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s musicNOW series, John Supko’s The_Oper& at Duke Performances, and appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim, Infinite Palette, Iceland Airwaves, and the Ecstatic Music Festival. Bagg has been noted for her unique sound, which Pitchfork compared to “a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy.” Bagg sings regularly with Roomful of Teeth, and tours with them across the United States. In addition, she creatively leads and performs with her art pop band Pavo Pavo, whose music “sounds like it was beamed down from a glimmering utopian future” (Stereogum). Critically acclaimed for its “washed-out playfulness and wistful exuberance” (The Guardian), Pavo Pavo’s debut album was released on Bella Union in 2016. Recent and upcoming collaborations with electronic, pop, and indie-rock artists include Lorde, Tim Hecker, Olga Bell, Nick Zammuto, Helado Negro, and San Fermin.
Martha Cluver has been praised by the New York Times for her “exquisitely sultry, dusky,” “fluid, dark-hued” and “soulful” vocals. Martha is an original member of the Grammy award winning vocal band Roomful of Teeth. She also performs regularly with Pomerium and is a former long time member of the Church of Trinity Wall Street Choir. Martha has been a guest soloist with AXIOM, Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire, Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Janáček Philharmonic, Prague Modern, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, S.E.M Ensemble, Rebel Baroque, Alarm Will Sound, ACME, Wordless Music Orchestra, Vox Vocal Ensemble, Voices of Ascension, Signal, ICE, American Composers Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, So Percussion, and Nexus Percussion. Notable solo performances include works by Morton Feldman, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Arvo Pärt, Kaija Saariaho, Claude Vivier, George Benjamin, and world premieres by Caleb Burhans, John Zorn, Alice Shields, and Emmanuel Nunes. Martha spends most of her musical life as a chamber musician, focusing on early and new music. She has performed and recorded many works by Steve Reich, and frequently works with the composers of Bang on a Can. Martha attended the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Viola, in 2003. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Abigail Lennox wants to make all the music! She feels cozy with genres ranging from early plainchant to 19th-century mélodie to the bits you finished last Thursday. She graduated from the ISM in 2007 and has performed happily under folks like Simon Carrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Thomas, and Helmuth Rilling, and with New World Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, American Bach Soloists, and the awesome Roomful of Teeth. She feels weird not listing all the names of folks she loves playing with. She sang a duet with a carillon last year and learned to play the Bodhran. She has a beautiful family and misses her dad and dog daily. She cares about you and hopes for the best.