A story told through the eyes of a woman is a deep-rooted tradition in every genre of music, in every part of the world. Vox Femme explores this theme across Latvian folklore, medieval chant, classical music and contemporary pop repertoire – weaving the original identity of these genres into new, modern arrangements.
This repertoire from across the ages has all been originally written, or inspired, by female composers. Highlights include Hildegard von Bingen’s O Quam Mirabilis Est, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Die Mainacht and lead singer from The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan’s euphoric, Dreams.
Folk from Latin means: an ethnic group or a nation. This opus is called "Folk Mass" because it is a composition where sacred and folklore traditions meet. Means of folk music expression (rhythmized vocal parts, traditional singing manner and percussive elements) are united with the classic form of the six-part mass. Composer Laura Jēkabsone and vocal group Latvian Voices got the inspiration for this piece whilst residing in-between two traditions: the professional music education and the heritage of Latvian folklore that has travelled to nowadays through verbal tradition.
"Music is the language that anyone in the world can understand, regardless of their race, ethnic, religious or political affiliation. While writing this piece I was thinking about the human being of the world and her unending search of belonging to the Earth and to the Heavens", says Laura Jēkabsone - the composer of "Folk Mass"