Attention all music lovers! We have just discovered the next big thing in the world of choral music, and trust us, you do not want to miss out. Norwegian choir Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening (KSS) has just released their latest album, “Magnificat,” and it is unlike anything you have heard before. Led by conductor Marit Tøndel Bodsberg Weyde, KSS has cemented their position as a top choir in the world with their powerful performances and flawless harmonies. But this time, they have taken their talents to a whole new level by collaborating with two of Norway’s hottest jazz musicians, double bassist Ellen Andrea Wang and saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg.
The album’s title track, “Magnificat,” is a mesmerizing choral piece composed by Wang, inspired by the Virgin Mary. Talk about breaking boundaries – female composer? Check. Inspiration from a woman’s perspective? Check. This is not your traditional choral music, people. Wang’s composition beautifully captures the emotions and experiences of the Virgin Mary as she prepares to give birth to a child, highlighting the power and perspective of women in music. The album was first presented at the 2021 Molde Jazz Festival, where Wang was joined by her fellow performers and the KSS choir. With arrangements by Wang and Kjetil Bjerkestrand, and additional contributions from Paulsberg, this album effortlessly blends jazz and choral harmonies to create a unique and unforgettable sound. For those unfamiliar with KSS, this marks their sixth album on the LAWO Classics label, solidifying their status as a leading female choir in Norway and beyond. However, this release is a game-changer as it breaks new ground and appeals to a younger and cooler audience. Plus, with its uplifting and empowering message, “Magnificat” is the perfect soundtrack for anyone seeking inspiration and passion in their life. We highly recommend giving “Magnificat” a listen, even if choral music is not usually your cup of tea.
This album is a testament to the talent and creativity of these musicians and is a must-have for any music lover’s collection. Join us in celebrating and supporting the amazing work of Kvindelige Studenters Sangforening and be part of the movement to amplify the voices of female composers. https://open.spotify.com/artist/1iIVzRxSntbC5HaEvlE891