- Bolívar Soloists
The a cappella ensemble “Sjaella” from Leipzig meets the “Bolivar Soloists” for a musical journey with Christmas songs around the world. During this journey you will discover known and unknown music -presented with much charme, esprit and a big spirit of love of music.
The ensembles are available for the week-ends in December 2017 and 2018.
We promote this project in collaboration with eberhardt konzertagentur Leipzig
A Cappella Ensemble
The name Sjaella comes from a Scandinavian word meaning "soul", and the young women who make up this group give voice to their soul by singing together. They have been fascinating audiences since 2005 with their crystal clear a capella singing, which cuts...
The name Sjaella comes from a Scandinavian word meaning "soul", and the young women who make up this group give voice to their soul by singing together. They have been fascinating audiences since 2005 with their crystal clear a capella singing, which cuts across eras and styles.
Sjaella offers music of the highest quality, with a long string of popular and critically acclaimed concerts behind them, as well as prizes in national and international competitions. These include the International A Capella Contest, Leipzig 2009, 1st Prize in the National A Capella Contest 2010 (Germany) and 1st Prize in the Classical category of the Ward Swingle Award at the vokal.total International A Capella Competition 2010 in Graz (Austria).
It was not long before they signed a recording contract, and their debut CD, "Sjaella", was produced in 2011 on "querstand" (Kamprad). Further releases followed, such as "Preisung" (Praise) - a selection of contemporary sacred vocal music including dedicated pieces, which also came out on "querstand", at the end of 2013. This CD has been nominated for the "Price Deutsche Schallplattenkritik".
Sjaella has a hugely varied repertoire, ranging from sacred music to pop arrangements, jazz standards and their own compositions, which they showcase at around 50 concerts a year in Germany and abroad. They have appeared at classical music festivals (MDR Musiksommer and the Bachfest in Leipzig) and they are making an increasing number of radio and television appearances (including "Annettes DaschSalon" and "Berlinale"). Despite the young age of the six singers who make up Sjaella, the group has become an established presence on the classical music scene. The ensemble has an impressive natural charm, along with a clear, even harmony that they have cultivated since childhood.
The members of the Bolívar Soloists trained in the Venezuelan youth orchestra organization “El Sistema” and continued to study in Europe, thus bringing the best of both continents into a unique performing style: emotion and refinement, passion and...
The members of the Bolívar Soloists trained in the Venezuelan youth orchestra organization “El Sistema” and continued to study in Europe, thus bringing the best of both continents into a unique performing style: emotion and refinement, passion and understanding. Their repertoire combines the works of classical European composers with those coming from Latin-America. These original programmes convey the eclecticism of their musical expression; mixing elements of Latin-American folk with core classics making their concerts an explosive experience.
The Bolívar Soloists together with the Mexican Tenor Rolando Villazón recorded the CD “¡México!” for the Deutsche Grammophon. It was awarded the Echo Klassik 2011 in the category Klassik ohne Grenzen. They also released the CD “Fuga a las Américas” in 2012 and in 2013 two LPs (Vinyl) under the label Berliner Meister Schallplatten: “Música de Astor Piazzolla” and “Música de Venezuela” recorded with “Direct to Disc” technology.
In 2010 they toured Mexico with Rolando Villazón, performing for 9000 people at the Auditorio Nacional. They have also performed in the most prestigious venues across Europe: Konzerthaus Vienna, the Philharmonies in Berlin and Munich, Royal Festival Hall in London and Salle Pleyel in Paris, to mention just a few. In 2012 they performed at the prestigious Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico.
The Bolívar Soloists count on a pool of guest musicians who enrich the programmes with creativity and great playing. Guests include other wind instruments such as the oboe, clarinet or trumpet, keyboards such as a piano or harpsichord, flamenco guitar and South-American native instruments including the cuatro or bandonion. These great artists bring their own expertise to the ensemble helping them to get the most authentic interpretations of the vast Latin American repertoire.