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Since 1995, when Adiemus first appeared with its unique blend of the classical and the ethnic, with my invented language for lyrics, I have been inundated with requests from choirs around the world for an Adiemus that, for the first time, included male voices as well as female. The idea of re-orchestrating a selection from the past led me to a new concept of increasing the forces across the board, making the whole sound massive and symphonic.
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'Adiemus' was created in 1995 with the release of the first album 'Songs of Sanctuary', a work for choir and orchestra. The concept possessed a vocal sound resembling world music. It had two sides: one gentle and ecclesiastical, the other more aggressive and tribal. The human voice was treated as an instrument and not as a conveyor of text that had a meaning or narrative. Originally, the choir was written for female voices only.
In the present version, the orchestration was changed and expanded resulting in a basic orchestra of eighty-four musicians before adding a multitude of 'world' percussion including from Africa, South America, Afro-Cuban, and Arabic culture while male voices were added to the choir.
The present version represents a gratifyingly heroic expansion and amplification of the original version while the percussion in particular adds a distinct dimension of universality.
Fave songs/tunes include: In Caelum Fero cos of the begining, reminds me of a scene from Bill Odies programme on birds, Adiemus of course, Song of the Plains, soo uplifting, and well all of them are becoming firm faves!