Anima Vox is an innovative flute and soprano duo specializing in seamless concert experiences and free improvisation. Flutist Tadeu Coelho and soprano Carole Ott blend their voices in ways that are simultaneously striking and ethereal. Always striving to diversity the chamber music field, the duo's repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant to free improvisation and everything in between. Recent concert projects include Between Two Worlds, Lullabies for Little Ones, and Burning Bright.
"Voice and flute blend in harmonic poetry. Simply fabulous duet! "
Dr. Carole Ott is Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her degrees include the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of Michigan where she studied with Jerry Blackstone. more...
Brazilian-born artist/flutist Tadeu Coelho is professor of flute at the University North Carolina School of the Arts. Coelho has taught at the University of Iowa and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Coelho frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and master clinician throughout the Americas. Mr. Coelho can be heard in several solo recordings. more...
Burning Bright is a multi-media concert for flute and soprano featuring William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. An exciting fusion of free improvisation, the music of Vaughan Williams, spoken word, and images of the original plates, this seamless performance explores the power of Blake's poetry across time and place.
In Songs of Innocence and Experience, Blake offers a critical commentary on societal norms in eighteenth-century England as well as explores two states of the human soul. Free improvisation, born out of American and European jazz in the 1960s, transcends the musical norms of melody, harmony, structure, and style. This state of spontaneous musical creation will be contrasted by performing Ten Blake Songs, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams for the 1958 film The Vision of William Blake. Beat-boxing techniques borrowed from African-American hip-hop will represent a modern resistance to inequalities in society and the charanga francesa, a Cuban dance with Haitian roots, will represent unrepressed sexuality – a theme Blake explores in later works.
The audience will be invited to fully participate in the concert experience through recitation and improvisation, either in their seats or with the performers on stage, and will be encouraged to consider what meaning the words, images, and music holds for them. The projected program includes Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Ten Blake Songs, Michael Colquhoun’s Charanga, excerpts from Greg Patillo’s Three Beats for Beatbox Flute, as well as freely improvised music.
I am so glad that we got to experience this. It was such beautiful music in a magnificent setting.
I’ll admit to “blissing” out several times your beautiful tones in that glorious space.
I look forward to your next performance; last night was a highlight of my Christmas. Exquisite music!
Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds is an exploration of chant, texts, and unaccompanied music for soprano and flute during the holiday season. The O Antiphons provide a structural basis for the performance and the audience is invited to participate by reading the English translations together before hearing the chant tunes performed. Between the antiphons, the audience will hear various pieces including works by Hildegard von Bingen, Bach, and Vaughan Williams, as well as improvisation and spoken stories. The concert concludes with a set of carols arranged for soprano and flute by the performers.