Roman and I brainstormed a list of vocal ensembles, each quite distinct from the others. I honestly don’t remember how I first heard of Nordic Voices, but the more I learned about them, the more solidly they were at the top of my list. Nordic Voices is a six-member ensemble based in Oslo, Norway. Three women, three men, offering the highest high notes and the lowest low. They tour extensively, sing lots of new music and commission a lot of it as well. I could just picture them as part of this. Then I learned that, in a very convenient bit of synchronicity, mere weeks later Nordic Voices would be in Vancouver to perform an all-contemporary concert for Vancouver New Music. A perfect opportunity for reconnaissance!
Well, they were phenomenal. And afterwards, in the lobby, I bought some CDs (for more recon) and introduced myself to each of them, told them a bit about our nascent project and asked whether they’d be interested in talking more about it and whom should we contact? As we chatted, I kept thinking “These are the nicest people, please please please let this work out!” And it did. I suppose the Gryphons’ people talked with Nordic’s people, however that goes, but eventually everyone was on board and the picture that I would keep in my head while I’m composing was complete.