The vocal ensemble Carmina Slovenica with its artistic director Karmina Šilec is noted for its innovative programming which explores works from the forefronts of the contemporary music scene.
With »Choregie – vocal theatre or theatre of voices« Carmina Slovenica is introducing a concept which incorporates contemporary music, drama, movement and other stage elements.
With this concept of vocal theatre the ensemble performed on stages worldwide – from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space to the Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas, from Hong Kong Cultural Centre to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Carmina Slovenica has been invited to music events of the highest esteem such as the World Music Days (organized by the ISCM), Moscow Easter Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the World Symposium on Choral Music (organized by the IFCM), the European Symposium on Choral Music (IFCM), Polyfollia, America Cantat, Choir Olympics, Europa Cantat etc.
The main aim of the ensemble and its artistic director is a continual search for new music and new fields of work which has already shown results in a wide repertoire it has today; from early and ethnic vocal music to the latest avant-garde. The choir with its characteristic sound and wide-ranged virtuosity is the ideal ensemble for different repertoires - from a cappella music of all genres to vocal instrumental projects.
Artistic director Karmina Šilec
Karmina Šilec has brought freshness and originality to the world of vocal music, opening new spaces of expression, persuasiveness, intensity of experience, and communication. With “Choregie - vocal theatre” and its innovative interventions, she has opened wider artistic spaces and set trends towards complex multi-media events – productions performed on stages of international festivals and broadcast by the EBU and Eurovision.
Karmina Šilec has received more than 20 of the highest and different special awards on International competitions, just to name some: she was awarded with the international Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music, received the Prešeren Fund award for the project “Vampirabile” and most recently an award by the ITI – International Theatre Institute "Music Theatre Now" in the category Music beyond opera.
She also works as an artistic adviser for choral music, gives lectures to conductors and is regularly a guest conductor, jury member or member of artistic committees at festivals and competitions. She teaches conducting at the University of Maribor and lectures at many universities around the world.
Karmina Šilec is the conductor and artistic director of choir Carmia Slovenica, artistic director of ensemble !Kebataola!, Choregie – New Music Theatre, the international project Attacca, the Choregie aka Choregie festival for new music and the concert series Attacca.