Sjaella (eng)

Copyright Lara Müller

Uniform yet individual, gentle yet robust, precise yet free-flowing – this versality is what Sjaella’s sound is all about. The six singers from Leipzig (GER) joined forces in 2005 already and continue to discover new ways to diversify their sound. They are open to new influences, love musical diversity and have the courage to challenge barriers. They are comfortable with their wide-ranging repertoire which comprises various genres. A special focus lies on the collaboration with both composers from Germany and abroad to develop new possibilities for the cast of six female voices. Their CD released in 2013 at the label querstand called ‘Preisung’ (Eulogy) with modern settings of spiritual pieces was nominated for the prize Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In fall 2018 Sjaella has released their album ‘Meridiane – NORD’ with folk songs from Northern Europe, in 2021 „Origins“ with Barock & Contemporary music, both also nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

This very diversity coupled with the close relationship the group has with their audience has paved the way, for many years, for Sjaella’s performances in renowned music festivals and at concert halls both domestic and overseas (Early Music Festival Utrecht, Rheingau Musikfestival, Berliner Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Palace of the Arts Budapest, Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein, Flagey Brussels). In addition, the group have appeared as guests on television and radio (Berlinale, WDR, BR Klassik) and have even been awarded first international prizes for vocal music (Tampereen Sävel Finland, International a cappella Contest Leipzig, – International A Cappella Competition Graz). They have released several albums and perform at renowned music festivals in Germany and abroad. The group can be found touring Australia, Spain, Azerbaidschan, Poland, England, Austria, Finland, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Mexico, USA, Jordan and South Africa.

Sjaella is currently an elementary part of the ballet „Giselle“ at the Opera Leipzig and will work closely with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in the course of this production.

‘Sjæl’ or ’Själ’ is the Danish word for soul.

Hörbeispiele auf

Sjaella auf Youtube: “Northern Lights” (Ola Gjeilo)

Sjaella auf Youtube: “Origins” [music samples]