Gemma’s new recording
Maria! Maria! Birgittine Chant Through Four Hundred Years.
will be released by Sterling Record Company
in their Artist series in spring 2018.
The vocal ensemble Gemma was founded in 2006 and specializes in Gregorian chant from medieval Scandinavian sources. Director of the ensemble is Karin Strinnholm Lagergren: musicologist, singer and pedagogue. Her studies were undertaken at among others: the Academy of Music and Drama (University of Gothenburg), Brabant’s Conservatory, as well as the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Gemma’s repertoire is largely based on Karin’s own research undertaken at numerous archives and libraries and it presents music not often not having been heard since the Middle Ages.
In 2014 Gemma recorded their first cd: The Torstuna Missal. Dominican Chant from the 14th Century in cooperation with the Belgian ensemble Psallentes. The cd costs SEK 120 and can be ordered through the contact function.
The singers of the ensemble have performed in numerous Europeian countries and through their studies in France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden have all specialized in early music. The singers have also co-operated with other early music ensembles such as: Diabolus in Musica, Dialogos, Musica Ficta, and Laude Novella. In 2009 Gemma co-operated with the French ensemble Beatus and in 2014 Gemma initiated a cooperation with Psallentes.
The ensemble also collaborates with museums in order to illustrate exhibitions and create soundscapes. Their music can be heard at the exhibitions Sveriges historia (History of Sweden) at the National Historical Museum in Stockholm, as well as at the Kata Gård, Varnhem http://vastergotlandsmuseum.se/kata-gard-varnhem/.
Gemma also holds courses in medieval vocal music.
Gemma, (Latin) : gem, jewel