Vox Clamantis

Formed in 1996 in Tallinn, ensemble Vox Clamantis (in Latin "the voice of one crying out") comprises a diversity of singers, composers, instrumentalists and conductors who have a common interest in the Gregorian chant. The artistic director and conductor of the ensemble is Jaan-Eik Tulve. At the present time, the members of Vox Clamantis are Anna Mazurtšak, Jaanika Kuusik, Jaanika Sink, Kadri Hunt, Miina Pärn, Mari Kalling, Mikk Dede, Sander Pehk, Kuldar Schüts, Anto Õnnis, Taniel Kirikal, Tõnis Kaumann, Ott Kask and Aare Külamaa. But also Toivo Tulev, Eerik Jõks, Märt-Matis Lill, Urmas Põldma, Raul Mikson, Risto Joost, Uku Joller and others, have belonged to the ensemble.

Next to the Gregorian chant, Vox Clamantis often performs early polyphony and contemporary music. Many Estonian composers, among them Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve, Toivo Tulev, Lauri Jõeleht, Tatjana Kozlova, Tõnis Kaumann, Mart Siimer, Andres Uibo and Tõnu Kõrvits have written compositions for Vox Clamantis.

Vox Clamantis has performed together with various internationally renowned organists like Jean Boyer, Werner Jacob, Jon Laukvik, Peter van Dijk, Edgar Krapp, and given concerts with Catalan soprano Arianna Savall, American percussionist Brian Melvin, Tunisian singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef and Estonian saxophonist Villu Veski, double bass player Taavo Remmel and jazz singer Sofia Rubina. But also with early music consort Hortus Musicus, new music group NYYD Ensemble, Weekend Guitar Trio, Küberstudio, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Particularly should be highlighted the close collaboration with Le Choeur Grégorien de Paris (the Paris Gregorian Choir), which has resulted in concerts in different European countries, but also in Morocco and Japan and recording a CD in 1998. At the same year, Vox Clamantis started to record his first solo CD "Haec Dies" (Caroo Music, Klesment, 2001).

The ensemble gives actively concerts in Estonia as well as abroad. Concert tours have taken Vox Clamantis to Latvia, Finland, Norway, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, UK, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Canada.

Vox Clamantis has recorded for ECM Records, Mirare and Arion. The CD "Annum per annum" (Arion 2002), where Gregorian chant and early polyphony is interwoven with organ music by Arvo Pärt, recorded together with an Estonian organist Aare-Paul Lattik, has received very positive international feedback. CD "Stella Matutina" in also an innovative CD recorded with Weekend Guitar Trio recorded in 2005 (Mirare, 2008).

Vox Clamantis and Jaan-Eik Tulve have been awarded the Annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for the enlightening concerts both in Estonian and abroad (2011) and State Cultural Prize for the 20th anniversary concert season and album "The Deer’s Cry" with the music by Arvo Pärt (2017). In 2013, CD "Arvo Pärt. Adam's Lament" (ECM, 2012) on participation by Vox Clamantis was awarded the Grammy Award for the best choral performance.

See also the homepage of Vox Clamantis.

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