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Accordant Commons is a contemporary vocal chamber music group dedicated to performance, collaboration, and the fostering of new forms of vocal writing and expression.  Founded by the multifaceted vocalists Stephanie Aston and Argenta Walther, Accordant Commons has a flexible roster of performers and composers involved in its various projects.

In Los Angeles, we find there is a unique opportunity to cultivate and expand the presentation of contemporary vocal chamber music.  There are special properties available only to the collaborative effort that is chamber music.  Chamber music is about the direct relationship between performers; there can be finer exploration of details as well as an ebb and flow of ideas.  Accordant Commons is particularly interested in the combinations possible when combining multiple voices as well as combining instruments and voices.  We seek to reframe the concept of vocal music so that it is not just seen as either choral or solo, but can be seen as the outcome of a collaborative process.  We believe in celebrating the individual characteristics of an artist’s voice, and are interested in expanding upon those ideas in a contemporary classical music setting.  We are particularly interested in the possibilities of exploring timbres available to voices through various methods of manipulation.  This comes from our mutual interest in microtonality and our recent explorations in that field.

In order to bring these possibilities to Los Angeles, we have created this group in order to present concerts of vocal chamber music.  We look for pieces recently composed that explore these ideas.  We also look for composers, local and beyond, whose voices have compelling ideas that we feel are relevant to the field of vocal chamber music.  We aim to work closely with as many composers as we can leading up to a concert, so we can fully bring about their ideas in aural form.

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