“Nostra Culpa - Vocal Music by Eugene Birman” is Alba's new release from the Helsinki Chamber Choir conducted by Nils Schweckendiek. The groundbreaking release is a three-part recording project that has been named after the eponymous, and much talked-about, “Twitter Opera” by composer Eugene Birman and librettist Scott Diel. In addition to the choir, the album features the voice of Grammy-winning Iris Oja and the string ensemble of the Italian ContempoArtEnsemble.
Helsinki Chamber Choir is still the only chamber choir in Finland consisting of professional singers. It was founded as early as 1962 as the Radio Chamber Choir and changed its name to the Helsinki Chamber Choir in 2005. The choir's repertoire includes a wide range of music from the Renaissance to the present and between them, but the choir is especially known as a performer of contemporary music, which is also the genre of Nostra Culpa.
ContempoArtEnsemble is a successful Italian music ensemble focusing on 20th century and contemporary international music. The band operates in a variety of configurations and often collaborates with contemporary art centers and museums, emphasizing the connection and interaction between music and the visual arts. Among other successes, ContempoArtEnsemble recorded the soundtrack for Il Mestiere delle Armi, from which the music of composer Fabio Vacchi won the Donatello Film Prize.
Conductor Nils Schweckendiek has performed with orchestras, ensembles and choirs from all over Europe, the United States and China since his successful debut at the Finnish National Opera in 2006, conducting Richard Strauss's Rose Knight Opera. He is committed to performing the music of our time and has conducted about 100 premieres. Since 2007, Schweckendiek has been artistic director of the Helsinki Chamber Choir.
Eugene Birman’s (b. 1987) music has been described as “high drama” and “intense emotion” (BBC) as well as “at once ingenious, hypnotic, brave and beautiful” (Festival Internazionale A.F. Lavagnino). He has been featured on numerous radio channels and gained a lot of publicity for his career, marked by a fearless focus on large-scale compositions covering the financial crisis, Russian border treaties, and more. Burma has co-operated with, among others, the European Union, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He has co-produced six opera projects with librettist Scott Diel.