“[Ekmeles] brought forth sounds from the human body that were at times painful, alienating, startling and haunting, but always fascinating. Sometimes they were even gorgeous…”, – The New York Times, Jan. 25, 2013, Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
Ekemeles is a New York-based vocal ensemble that present new and rarely-heard works in collaboration with instrumental ensembles performing similar repertoire. Ekmeles has a special focus on commissioning and performing works in non-standard tuning systems including microtonal ragas over sine wave drones, Italian madrigals in a 15th century keyboard tuning, and American folk songs arranged in 7-limit just intonation.
Director Jeffrey Gavett has sung with an array of artists, including the Rolling Stones,indie rock group Clogs, new music groups ICE, New Juilliard Ensemble, the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, SEM Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Talea Ensemble, and his own ensembles Ekmeles and loadbang. He has worked with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, David Lang, Nico Muhly, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw, Steven Takasugi, and Charles Wuorinen. As a soloist in New York he has performed in Alice Tully Hall, Issue Project Room, The Kitchen, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, The Stone, and Zankel Hall. He made his European stage debut in 2014, performing in Rudolf Komorous’s Nonomiya and the world premiere of Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces at New Opera Days Ostrava in the Czech Republic. Gavett holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music.
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