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Taking its name from the medieval shorthand for "Gloria patri et filio," Euouae is a six-voice professional early music ensemble based in San Francisco. Read more about this project from artistic director Sven Edward Olbash:
World Premiere Recording The Requiem of 15th century composer Johannes Ockeghem is the earliest surviving musical setting of the Mass for the Dead. Euouae recently gave successful live performances of this work along with the Gregorian chants on which it's based. We have restored the earliest versions of these chants from the original 9th century manuscripts, which were unknown in Ockeghem's time and which remain largely inaccessible to modern performers of his work. Our forthcoming album will mark the first time Ockeghem's monumental composition has been recorded along with these restored chants.
The Next Step I started Euouae as a self-funded project to explore new interpretations of ancient music. We presented performances during the 2010 and 2011 seasons of Old First Concerts. This year, I founded Lacuna Arts (a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas) to raise funds to provide fair compensation to our professional singers. Completing our debut album will help take us to the next level by creating additional performance opportunities in the coming season and beyond.
About the Artists Having spent two years copying medieval manuscripts by hand with a fountain pen and developing new techniques for teaching this music to modern performers, I bring a unique insight to the world of early music. And I'm thrilled to be working with six virtuoso soloists who have performed with some of the best ensembles in the US, including American Bach Soloists, AVE, Philharmonia Chorale, Pacific Collegium, Schola SF, California Bach Society, Chalice Consort, and SF Renaissance Voices.
Budget With the help of our volunteers, we're able to keep overhead for this recording extremely low. That means 90% of our budget goes to providing fair wages for the musicians and recording engineers who are collaborating on this project:
- $6,000 - musician fees for rehearsals and recording sessions
- $2,000 - recording engineer, session fee and editing
- $1,000 - CD duplication and set-up fee for downloads
- $500 - administrative expenses
The End Result You've heard samples from our live performance in the above video. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to complete a fully professional CD and downloadable album, including music from this one-thousand-year-old manuscript.
Team on This Campaign:
Sven Edward Olbash
Artistic Director, Euouae