Re-imagining the boundaries of traditional folk music and classical chamber ensembles, Voci Angelica Trio’s riveting arrangements of global songs from every continent leave audiences mesmerized. Shimmering vocal harmonies intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends cultural divisions.
What started as a side project building on its members’ diverse ethnic backgrounds has become a musical mission. More than just a performance group, Voci Angelica Trio promotes the humanitarian goals of social justice and cultural understanding. “We believe that one of the best ways to pursue peace is to sing one another’s songs,” says Jodi Hitzhusen. Meena Malik adds, “We see ourselves as musical ambassadors, using our performances to raise public awareness of diverse cultures and the issues they face.” In 2013, the trio won an Iguana Music Fund grant from Club Passim to purchase a sound system for their school educational program with Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Voci Angelica's mission has led to America's East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions; Canada; & Japan. In October 2016, the trio will return to Japan and expand its tour to reach to South Korea.
The name “Voci Angelica” is a mix of romance languages and Latin, just as the trio explores and blends the music of many cultures. It roughly translates to mean “voices of angels.” Aristides Rivas concludes, “Music goes beyond language, religion, and politics. It connects us to our humanity.”
Jodi Hitzhusen, voice/percussion
Meena Malik, voice/percussion
Aristides Rivas, cello