Cuban choral group makes its way
By Aracelys Bedevia
Its unusual nowadays to find a choral group as the Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, unique in the country, whose wide repertoire, voice and elegant look certainly enrapture.
Middle-Age-style costumes and songs are carefully chosen by this group of male singers of the belle canto comprising tenor, bass, soprano and contralto and the tessitura of male natural voices. At that time, women were not allowed to sing in public and men had to assume female tessitura.
Male choir Sine Nomine insists on reviving Renaissance musical tradition, Baroque included. 12 young men performers capture Cuban musical panorama that shines with pieces from the sacred stave played in those days mainly by children due to their high-pitched voices (a technique which is still used today). Later people who were castrated used to join the choirs. Children were most commonly used for the soprano voices and some adults in falsetto voices were used as contralto.
Concert for Baroque Havana
Founded in Sept. 2003, the Project of Hermanos Saíz Institute debuted at the 2nd International Festival of Ancient Music, the Camerata has given proof of its potentialities in playing European music from the 15th to 19th c. as well as classic Cuban music by Esteban Salas, Sindo Garay and Miguel Matamoros.
Sine Nomine has paired with Ars Longa in recording Esteban Salas' pieces, a disc that won the Especial Award Cubadisco 2005 and with Schola Cantorum Coralina, Ensemble Vocal Luna, Polyphonic Choir of Havana and Vocal Leo.