musica intima is a collective of twelve people coming together to foster connection through vocal music. ‘Rethink Forever’ begins the conversation about what that means now.

Since the effects of Covid-19 were first felt, vocal ensembles around the world have been searching for a way to collaborate and perform together, despite being unable to connect physically. Choirs have combatted the mourning we feel at the loss of our art by performing digitally - some by sharing past performances, some by ‘virtual choirs’, and everything in between. But what is it we want to say in this new world, through this new medium? We cannot replace live performance, and we cannot replace the moments we share with fellow singers or audience in an intimate concert situation. We’re seeking to connect, and find the meaning of connection while we remain safe and ‘socially distanced’.

Peter Hannan’s 2005 piece ‘Rethink Forever’ explores these exact concepts - themes of connection and isolation, of intimacy and distance, as well as of love and lust. Written for vocal ensemble and electronics, the piece was to be our final project of the 19/20 season, before that became an impossibility. But it sprung to mind after taking the time to reflect on what musica intima has to say in these troubled times - and musically, it creates a fascinating study on how individual music making can come together in a digital age. Hannan wrote the text drawing on a very specific and limited palette of words— the words of a Tallis motet, the 200 most common words in the English language, and relationship advice from a website of the time , now nearly 15 years ago. The music falls into ten movements - ‘Ten Commandments of love’ for a digital age - an idea that has all new meaning in this age where physical presence is so strongly discouraged, and physical intimacy unlikely unless you share a home.

So now, together with the composer, musica intima explores the piece in a different way from either of the previous times we’ve performed it. From our homes across the Lower Mainland, the members of musica intima have individually recorded this piece, with Hannan combining all the pieces into a new performance. New orchestrations explore the individual and the corporate in performance, and the use of electronics recorded by previous generations of ensemble singers allow us to explore the idea of connection in a different way. A unique piece, in a unique performance, for a unique time.

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musica intima is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Artistic Manager, Jacob Gramit.

(Jacob, far left, singing in musica intima's 2019 concert, amore/dolore - photo by Jan Gates)

Having served for the past two seasons as General Manager, Jacob maintains continuity in the office and brings with him a proven record of passion for the ensemble's shared artistic vision. Having sung with the ensemble from 2012 - 2015, Jacob is well versed in the collaborative process, and brings extensive musical training with him from his time studying at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands. Despite the challenges of art in the time of COVID-19, Jacob is excited to help this Canadian institution continue into a new chapter!

Caitlin Beaupré, ensemble and Troy Topnik, board hiring committee co-chairs

Originally from Edmonton, baritone Jacob Gramit has recently come back to Vancouver from the Netherlands, where he completed a Master of Music in Early Music Singing.  While in the Netherlands, he studied with Pascal Bertin, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance, Dorothee Mields, Robin Blaze, and Lenie van den Heuvel.  Highlights of his time abroad included  projects with Charles Toet, Mike Fentross, Kathryn Cok, a tour of Bach’s B Minor Mass (with performances in America and the Netherlands) under Ton Koopman, and both preparing the edition and performing in Michael Chance’s production of Cavalli’s Giasone.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia (BMus, 2012), Jacob sang for three seasons with musica intima, as well singing as a section leader in the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, where he is currently the artistic director of the Summer Festival of Sacred Music.  As a chorister, he has performed with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra under Alexander Weimann on several occasions, with Capella Amsterdam and Holland Baroque, and was selected to participate in a performance of Spem in Alium with the Tallis Scholars (under Peter Philips), presented by Carnegie Hall.

Dear friends,

Our hearts are heavy today, as musica intima must announce we have cancelled the remainder of our 2019/2020 season, including The Voice of the Sky. We look forward to new opportunities in the coming months to further foster connection through vocal music, especially in this time of social isolation.

musica intima as a society is committed to supporting the vocal artists we contract; we’re proud that we will be paying our singers despite the concert cancellation. We’ll be contacting subscribers and ticket holders in the coming days, and one option will be to join the society in our support of the Vancouver artists by donating your ticket costs back to the organisation. It’s well documented the stressors COVID-19 has put on the worldwide arts community, and every little bit helps.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions (, and keep your eye on our website for updates on our future plans. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we hope to connect with you soon.

musica intima ensemble, staff, and board

musica intima

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