Micaela with Steve Reich

“I have developed a close working relationship with Synergy since 1996 during which time the group has performed many of my pieces. I am very particular about the musicians I use. It is vital that the singers use a style which is closer to the non-vibrato manner of early music than to opera, are artistically committed to the work and believe in the importance of the ensemble. The members of Synergy are experienced, committed performers of my music and I have no hesitation in recommending these singers to you.”

 

Steve Reich

Micaela with Louis Andriessen

 

“Since I, as a teenager, heard Les Double Six singing Quincy Jones, I developed a real passion for a certain vocal sound. Christiane Legrand, Michel Legrand’s sister, sang very fast improvisations, as hot as Art Farmer, and it did not sound like Brünnhilde at all. The timing, the pitches, the non-vibrato, the legatissimo all together resulted in extremely passionate and powerful musical interpretations. It took me almost fifty years to find a vocal group who could perform in this way, straight as a door (as we say in Dutch): Synergy Vocals. Since the late nineties, they have sung several of my large pieces, like De Staat, De Stijl, Writing to Vermeer and the opera La Commedia. It doesn’t get much better than this. Very nice people too – I am happy to know them!”

Louis Andriessen