Vox Vagans is an ensemble that was founded by seven singers in 2009 with the objective of approaching the fascinating repertoire of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras. Above all the group is interested in the polyphonic repertoire for seven voices, with only one singer on each line.
Polyphony for seven voices is very special since its raison d’être is the symbolism of the number seven. (Most composers choose the 4, 5, 6, and 8-voice textures.) As one expects, the resulting sound is wonderfully rich, as in most pieces for more than four voices but, at the same time, one finds something almost imperfect in this sound: it can be understood as a 3+4 or 2+2+2+1 texture, which is very distant from 8-part polyphony, since that is symmetrically divided in two 4-part choirs. This peculiarity is of great importance to us, and our reason for continuing the exploration of this repertoire. We also work with 3, 4, 5 and 6-part compositions, our goal being to experience the different possibilities of sonic colour and texture.
The ensemble, which is sponsored by Dominique Vellard, has a strong vocation for deep and continued musicological inquiry, which is in turn enriched by the various musical experiences of its seven singers and their five different nationalities, French, Canadian, Portuguese, Argentine, and Colombian. Vox Vagans is composed of young musicians who study together at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and who live in Basel and its environs. It is an ensemble “without frontiers,” for whom it is very important to maintain contact with the cultural heritage of the early music tradition and the cultural traditions of its members. Vox Vagans seeks, thereby, perpetually to enrich their musical performances.
We are convinced that musicological investigation and experimental work must ultimately be realized in front of an audience, and we are increasingly and enthusiastically bringing our relatively unknown repertoire to a wider audience. Vox Vagans has already performed in different towns throughout Switzerland and France.
SEBASTIAN MARIÑO was born in Bogota D.C, Colombia in 1985. He studied at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and the Universidad del Bosque in Bogotá D.C with Carlos Godoy; additionaly, he has taken master classes with Andres Silva, Raphaël Boulay, Detlef Bratsche, Rosa Domiguez, Maargret Honig and Marcel Boone. Currently, he is studying with Gerd Türk and Dominique Vellard in the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland)
He worked with The Santa Cecilia Choir and differents ensembles of early music such as Scordatura, Affeti Musicali, Alfabeto and Thetrum Mundi.
He has sung in «Les Ateliers Baroques» of Montfrin (France) conducted by Gabriel Garrido, in the «Textlosigkeit» with Eric Mentzel, in “Dido & Aeneas” (as Aeneas) conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón and the ensemble “La Villanesca” with which he has performed several concerts around France. Actually he is member of the ensembles Alba Sonora, La Villanesca, La Tropa Canora and VoxVagans.
DANIEL CABENA, countertenor (Born in 1981 in Canada), has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Lydia Adams, Ashiq Aziz, Boris Brott, Robert Cooper, Howard Dyck, Noel Edison, David Fallis, Christopher Jackson, Gary Kulesha, Gerald Neufeld, HervéNiquet, Masaaki Suzuki, and John Tuttle.
Daniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Doctorate of Music from Université de Montréal. He is an alumnus of the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the Académie Baroque Internationale d’Ambronay, the Académie Internationale de Musique de Comminges, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, for which he was assisted by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Daniel is studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, under the tutelage of Gerd Türk. He was recently awarded the Canada Council’s Bernard Diamant Prize.
LISA MAGRINI, (Born in France in 1982) received her diploma from the conservatory of Aix en Provence in 2008, the same year in which she received a degree in Musicology from the Université de Provence.
She also trained in Baroque singing under Vincent Recolin, Monique Zanetti, Lise Arseguet, Gérard Lesne, Johannette Zomer, Hopkinson Smith, Leonardo García Alarcón, among others. Her interest in early music then took her to the Schola CantorumBasiliensis, where she studied under Dominique Vellard, Gerd Türk, Kate Dineen and Crawford Young, receiving a masters degree in Medieval music in 2011.
Lisa Magrini has performed many oratorio and operatic roles under the direction of Christophe Rousset, Andrea Marcon, Dominique Vellard, Vincent Recolin, Michel Piquemal, Conrad Steinmann, Luc Coadou, Sébastian Boin, Julian Villagara, just to name a few.
Lisa has been an active teacher and voice clinician since 2007.
TIAGO MOTA was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1979. From 2001 to 2007, he studied with Rute Dutra at the National Conservatory of Lisbon, where he obtained his diploma in singing. In 2006 and 2007, he played the role of Anão in "A Floresta", an opera by contemporary Portuguese composer, Eurico Carrapatoso.
Since 2007, Tiago has been living in Basel, where he studies Medieval and Renaissance singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Dominique Vellard and Kathleen Dineen. He recently began a masters in vocal ensemble singing through the Schola’s AVES program. His work in Basel has involved projects with GerdTürk, Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley, including a recording of William Hayes "Les passions".
Tiago Works presently with l'Ensemble Orlando of Fribourg, who specialize in early music, the Rastatt Vokal Ensemble, with whom he recorded a disc of Brahms’ music in October 2010, and the Studio d'Opéra de Sintra, where he performs as a soloist in a performance of Handel’s Te Deum in December 2010 in Açores.
Argentinian tenor MATIAS MICELI, born in Buenos Aires in 1986, started his musical career as a guitarist, studying both electric and classical guitar with Francis Whamond, Juan Manuel Bodyajian, Carlos Piegari and Monika Hierzt. He played in a duo with Juan Martín Miceli and guitar and vocal trio with Agustín Cosovschi and Esteban Salonia, specializing in popular and folk music.
In 2007 he took courses on composition at the Catholic University of Argentina. Since the beginning of his training as a singer he has focused mainly on late Medieval and Renaissance music, performing with choirs and vocal ensembles such as Grupo Coral Monteverdi, Ensemble Johannes Ockeghem and La Tropa Canora. He also participated in the Permanent Workshop on Gregorian Chant directed by Maestro Claudio Morla and took courses on Medieval music with Héctor Rodríguez and chamber music with HernánVives. He has studied vocal technique and repertoire with Rosa Domínguez and Martín Oro (Argentina).
In 2009 he moved to Basel, Switzerland to pursue his musical studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He currently takes lessons with GerdTürk and Dominique Vellard.
Born in 1982 in France, MATHIAS SPOERRY started his musical studies with percussions. He studied singing with Elizabeth Vidal and André Cognet in CRR de Reuil-Malmaison. He then studied baroque singing with Julie Hassler. After a bachelor in musicology in Université de la Sorbonne, he obtained a master of medieval musicology with Benjamin Bagby and Katarina
From 2009, Mathias studies medieval and renaissance singing with Dominique Vellard in Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is also part of the AVES program (Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies) conducted by Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb.
Mathias sings now different repertoire, from gregorian chant to romantic operas, and participates to many recordings, including the world premiere Messe de la Sorbonne in 2008.
Born in France in 1983, GABRIEL JUBLIN graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National Régional de Toulon Provence Méditerranée in 2007 and subsequently obtained a licentiate in early music singing from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in 2010, where he studied under Marie-Claude Vallin. He is currently pursuing a masters in Medieval and Renaissance music under the tutelage of Dominique Vellard at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In Basel, Gabriel has also regularly attended master clases with Richard Levitt and Andreas Scholl.
He collaborates regularly with Epsilon, a Renaissance ensemble based in Lyon, the Chœur Britten, with whom under Nicole Corti’s direction he has performed Bach’s B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion. He has also performed Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the Chœurs et Solistes de Lyon under Ton Koopman.
In 2010, he performed many cycles of Bach cantatas in Lyon with the ensemble Delirio Fantastico under Vincent Bernhardt’s direction.