Carmina Slovenica is one of the leading vocal institutions.
One of the highly distinguished musical experts wrote, "Carmina Slovenica’s place is on world’s stages between Berlin and San Francisco". Carmina Slovenica holds a central position on the international vocal music scene and has indeed performed on concert stages worldwide. Concert tours in almost all countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Africa, Australia, Central and South America, Japan, China and others, many top awards at international choral competitions, participation in various international projects, recordings made for many radio and television stations, excellent reviews of the ensemble's performances by musical experts and critics ... all these achievements speak for themselves and confirm the ensemble‘s remarkable reputation.
The ensemble has performed on stages worldwide – from Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Grand St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Esplanade Singapore, Teresa Carreño Theatre Caracas, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, RadialSystem Berlin, San Francisco Symphony Hall to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Jahrhuderthalle Bochum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Auditorium Rome.
Carmina Slovenica has been invited to art events of the highest esteem such as the World Music Days (organized by the ISCM), Prototype Festival New York, Golden Mask FestivalMoscow, Festival d’Automne á Paris, Moscow Easter Festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Ruhrtriennale, the European Symposium on Choral Music (organized by the IFCM), Steirischer Herbst, Holland Festival, Polyfollia, America Cantat, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Europa Cantat, Nuit de Choer Brusseless, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Lublin Theatre Confrontation Festival, Melbourne Festival, International Festival Beijing, Choir Olympics etc.
In selecting the repertoire, its groundbreaking exploration of voices as an instrument, as eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of vocal concert performances, creating landscapes of sound.
What is particularly fascinating is the sound itself being delivered by the singers in a creative process in which changes of registers, various vocal techniques of throat singing, natural timbre and cultivated belcanto articulation seem so natural and simple as if it were a spontaneous game, an everyday form of communication. The result is some sort of a superb ‘new age’, an absolute musical experience which crosses the borders of cultures, nations, beliefs and merges with the universal human soul into a harmonious organism.
Karmina Šilec crossed the borders of spiritual and cultural limitations, of exclusiveness and prejudice built across centuries, and brought the (musical) world back into the sphere of unity, togetherness, of what is warmly ours. Staged performances of her ensembles can best be described as virtuosic: with impeccable intonation, clear sound, brilliant movement, free of obstacles, almost auto-hypnotic – defined by a flow of energy of an utterly disciplined and ambitious ensemble.
The main aim of the ensemble is a continual search for new music and new fields of work; from early and ethnic music to contemporary music, from new music theatre productions to vocal instrumental works. With its characteristic sound and widely ranged virtuosity it is the ideal ensemble for different repertoires. The performances of the Carmina Slovenica’s incredible musical narrative are distinguished for precise vocal discipline, youthful energy, musical and scenic imagination, and artistic persuasiveness.
Carmina Slovenica and Karmina Šilec received many international prizes. Carmina Slovenica performs with an artistry that inspires audiences and critics alike and stands as a role model in the international choir movement.
Choregie projects Toxic Psalms, Fortuna Won't Be Fauvel's Match!, Placebo, Vampirabile, Rusalke, Toxic Psalms, From time immemorial, Scivias, When the mountain changed its clothing, CS Light, Adiemus, and many others have been received with high praise.