Music and religion have been connected throughout the centuries in all cultures of the world. Even in our secular times, composers create music to express religious beliefs and compel the soul to devotion and spiritual communion. In western classical music, the texts and rituals used as sources for these musical compositions frequently derive from Judeo-Christian tradition These texts have maintained their capacity to convey personal truths and values through the centuries to this day.
The Psalm settings of Cary Boyce and Menachem Zur, and the Catholic Mass settings of John Eaton and Mario Lavista are contemporary manifestations of this spiritual vision.
CANTICUM NOVUM is based on repertoire performed by the Aguavá New Music Ensemble at the 2000 Tempus Fugit Contemporary Music Festival in Tel Aviv.
"Such perfection." -- Ha-Aretz, Jerusalem
"I personally know of know group that could have performed all that incredibly demanding vocal/electronic music with the kind of ease and total command brought to it."
-- Shulamit Ran, Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer