Oboe, bassoon, piano, percussion and voice, an unusual configuration, is what makes Madera Vox unique, versatile and engaging. Venturing off into uncharted territory, the quintet has a distinctive sound, one which comes from unexpected and often playful combinations of instruments and voice, coupled with an intelligent and highly entertaining mix of superb original compositions and arrangements.
Based in the Hudson Valley of New York, the indie-classical ensemble has performed extensively in the Northeast region, including Chamber Music America’s annual conference in Manhattan, and was invited to perform at the 2011 International Double Reed Society conference in Tempe, AZ. Madera Vox released their debut self-titled album in September 2009 and the group’s second recording, Insomniac Moonlight, is to be released in September 2013. Featuring compositions by Libby Larsen, Chick Corea, and Kurt Weill-a major influence for the group-Madera Vox succeeds in performing music that spans generations as well as genres.
Individually, members of the group have achieved critical success performing everywhere from Broadway to Carnegie Hall, overseas and on numerous recordings. Oboist Keve Wilson, bassoonist Cornelia McGiver and pianist Sylvia Buccelli have played the Concertgabouw, Carnegie, Weill, and Merkin Halls, among others and can be heard on recordings from Albany, Parnassus, Narada and PBR Records, as well as on film soundtracks. Soprano Kelly Ellenwood has distinguished Broadway credentials (La Carlotta - Phantom of the Opera), and percussionist David Gluck has toured internationally as a founding member of Rhythm and Brass, with whom he has multiple recordings.
Believing that music education is paramount in their quest for musical excellence, Madera Vox frequently performs a musical storytelling concert for kids, Black Bear’s Hudson Valley Tale, with story and illustrations by Iza Trapani and original music by MadVox percussionist/arranger/composer David Gluck.