Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Eya Ensemble

EYA.inddThe Williams College Department of Music presents Eya Ensemble on Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in Thompson Memorial Chapel on the Williams College campus. The group will present a master class with Williams music students on Friday, April 16 at 4:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

Medieval music vocal ensemble Eya offer a unique program titled “Heartform” in the unique setting and beautiful acoustics of Thompson Memorial Chapel.

Inspired by the exquisite Chansonnier Cordiforme (“Heart-shaped Songbook”), Eya sifts through a fantastic array of music and poetry that speaks of longing, of sensuality, of connection with the Beloved. Heartform softens the line between sacred and secular, exploring the profound theme of Sacred Desire whilst asking the question: is every kind of love sacred?

In this inventive and exciting collaborative project, Eya layers the delicately-crafted works of the Chansonnier Cordiforme, featuring French and Italian songs of the early Renaissance, folded within the lines of Rumi, John Donne, Hildegard von Bingen, Richard Rolle, the Song of Songs, Shakespeare, Peter Gabriel, and many more. The program includes a special commission by Baltimore-based composer Douglas Buchanan along with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Francis Poulenc, and Richard Einhorn, as well as Gregorian chant, spoken text, and poetry.

Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Launched in 2010 and directed by Allison Mondel, Eya has established its place in the Washington, DC community as an early music ensemble of impeccable vocal quality and deep spirit.