Pacific Edge Voices has performed countless classical works over the years, spanning early music to the avant garde. Our recordings represent live performances and studio sessions—most notably our Harmonia Mundi recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin under the direction of Kent Nagano, which received a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance.
Jazz & Pop
In June 1982, Pacific Edge Voices launched “A History of Harmony” program, featuring a cappella arrangements of works by artists from Henry Purcell to Gene Puerling. A tradition was born and every spring since then, we’ve presented A Cappella Jazz & Pop concerts, which showcase sophisticated, original arrangements of a wide variety of musical styles. We’ve recorded virtually every J&P concert over the years, and have put together five compilation “Best of J&P” CDs.
Pacific Edge Voices has collaborated with contemporary composers and artists of diverse creative styles and approaches.
Composers: John Adams, Dave Brubeck, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Cuban composer Roberto Valera, and Persian composer Omid Zoufonoun.
Musical ensembles: The American Bach Soloists, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester.
Performing artists: Bobby McFerrin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, indie-rocker Sufjan Stevens, avant-garde saxophonist/composer John Zorn, Berkeley’s Aurora Theater Company.
While sacred music forms the backbone of the classical repertoire (Bach chorales, masses, biblical oratorios, holiday songs), Pacific Edge Voices has presented a broad array of specialized works from classic American spirituals to the 12th-century biblical music-drama The Play of Daniel. For our 25th anniversary concert in 2006, we asked three of our favorite composer-friends—Brubeck, Lang and Monk—to “complete” Mozart’s unfinished great Mass in C minor. The results were astonishing!