(soprano/director Micaela Haslam, alto Heather Cairncross, tenor Andrew Busher, and baritone Michael Dore) provides bespoke teams of vocalists for a wide variety of projects, and specialises in close-microphone singing. The group is often associated with the music of Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey, and the late Luciano Berio, and performs regularly with Ensemble Modern, Ictus, Ensemble InterContemporain, Asko|Schönberg, London Sinfonietta, and the Colin Currie Group. Synergy Vocals has given with international orchestras and ensembles including the Boston, Chicago, London, St. Louis, and New World symphony orchestras; Los Angeles and Brooklyn Philharmonic orchestras; as well as Nexus, Percussion Claviers de Lyon, Tempo Reale Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, and all five of the U.K.’s BBC orchestras. They have also collaborated with several dance companies, including the Royal Ballet (London), Rosas (Brussels), and Opéra de Paris. The works the group has premiered include Reich’s Three Tales
and Daniel Variations
Andriessen’s video opera La Commedia,
David Lang’s Writing on Water,
and (most recently) James MacMillan’s Since it was the Day of Preparation
as well as the U.K. première of Nono’s Prometeo
on London’s South Bank. The group has undertaken educational and outreach projects in the U.K., The Netherlands, the U.S., and South America, and Micaela Haslam regularly coaches instrumental ensembles for Reich in the preparation of his Music for 18 Musicians
, most recently The Colin Currie Group (London), and Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris). Synergy Vocals is featured on a variety of film sound tracks, television advertisements, and pop-backing tracks, as well as CDs including the 2011 Grammy-winning Dreamhouse
by Mackey, De Staat
by Andriessen (with London Sinfonietta), Three Tales
by Reich (with Steve Reich & Musicians), Kompendium’s Beneath the Waves
, and Steven Wilson’s Grace for Drowning.
Synergy Vocals previously appeared with the New York Philharmonic as part of Berio’s Sinfonia in 2008, conducted by Lorin Maazel.