Eya Ensemble - Visiting Artist Series
Fri, April 12th, 2019
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Eya Ensemble’s program, Pilgrimage, is a journey in which the starting point and final destination are known, but the making of the journey leads toward some deeper self-knowledge. This pilgrimage is one of the heart, defined by music that spoke to and inspired pilgrims of medieval Spain and Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). The music reveals the landmarks of such a journey: excitement, anxiety, hardships, triumphs, roadblocks, revelations.
Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Lauded as “remarkable” and “gorgeous” (The Washington Post), Eya is an early music ensemble of hauntingly beautiful vocal quality married with deep spirit. Eya crafts programs that interweave diverse repertories, forging new points of connection between contemporary audiences and medieval repertoire which underline our common humanity with early poets and composers.
Eya has performed at a variety of notable venues including the National Gallery of Art, The Music Center at Strathmore, Washington National Cathedral, and Dumbarton Oaks, as well as numerous colleges, universities, and concert series across the east coast and midwest. They have been featured on Voice of America radio and Millennium of Music on NPR, and are the recipient of the 2013 Ovation Award for Best Specialty Group: Early Music, as well as a 2015 nominee for Most Creative Programming. They are also a 2018 nominee for Best New Recording following their latest album release, The Three Marys.
Eya (pronounced “EH-yah”) is a Latin exclamation of joy.
Eya Ensemble is presented by the Williams College Department of Music with the generous support of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.
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