British a cappella octet VOCES8 releases their second album for Decca/Universal Music Classics, Lux, available January 27, 2015. The recording features a selection of pieces spanning over 400 years: from Thomas Tallis and Gregorio Allegri to Massive Attack (Teardrop) and Ben Folds (The Luckiest - which appeared on the soundtrack for Richard Curtis's film About Time).
The album title ‘Lux' refers to the Latin word ‘light,' which has inspired composers throughout history with the meaning of hope, banishing darkness, and nurturing both the body and the spirit. Voces8's celestial performances on the album prove how few can better evoke the power of light in all its physical, spiritual and mystical guises than the timeless sound of a choir. In addition to the soothing sound of unaccompanied voices blended in harmony, several tracks feature additions of saxophone, cello, harp and water glasses.
VOCES8 released their debut album, Eventide, for Decca/Universal Music Classics last year and will tour in the U.S. this February and March. VOCES8 also travels extensively each year to lead workshops and conduct education initiatives at over 200 schools in the UK, France, Sweden, and U.S., extending their reach far beyond the classical concert hall and bringing them into direct contact with around 20,000 young people annually.