"For those who miss the commitment and quality of Anonymous 4 in the realms of medieval and contemporary music, rest assured that ModernMedieval has taken up the tapestry without dropping a stitch. The tradition continues, to borrow Hildegard’s words, per exempla puri soni – through examples of pure sound." (Anne E. Johnson, ClassicalVoiceAmerica.org)
ModernMedieval Voices is all-female ensemble created by Dr. Horner-Kwiatek to present programs that combine medieval chant and polyphony with new commissions and music from later eras. It ranges from 1-6 singers depending on the repertoire, with a trio as the core ensemble. She is joined by singers drawn from some of the country's leading early and new music ensembles, including Roomful of Teeth, Pomerium, and Trinity Wall Street Choir.
ModernMedieval Voices takes the vocal techniques developed by Anonymous 4 for singing this repertoire, and combines early music with new voices and perspectives, a fresh approach to programming that introduces this wonderful music to new audiences.
ModernMedieval Voices has made appearances at The Ecstatic Music Festival, Liquid Music, MetArtsLive, Electric Earth Concerts, National Museum for Women DC and Virginia Arts Festival, among others, and has given residencies at East Carolina University, SUNYBinghamton and Princeton as part of Princeton Sound Kitchen.
Programs for the ensemble range from early music offerings to world premieres of new work, and combinations of the two.
"(they) 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, Feastofmusic.com)