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VOX NOSTRA was born in 2007 to combine choir vocals with progressive rock music. Hailing from Rambouillet/France keyboard player Pierre Minvielle is the mastermind. He's got a classical education on piano starting at the age of 6 and holds two masters in arrangement and orchestration. His latest project is made up by the emphasis on expressive male and female vocals which are associated with a diversified keyboard and guitar texture.

They are one of the rare projects in France to sing latin lyrics. The band's first album 'Anima' (which means whisper, voice, soul) was released in 2009. It's an ambitious work composed with a liturgic background and equipped with jazz rock/fusion and symphonic leanings. VOX NOSTRA features guitarist Jean-Claude Delachat who played for MAGMA some time and was the member of another zeuhl band named EIDER STELLAIRE.

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 Anima by VOX NOSTRA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.18 | 11 ratings

Vox Nostra Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Vox Nostra were born during the summer of 2007 in Rambouillet, France by composer and keyboardist Pierre Minvielle.Pierre had already received Classical education and was also familiar with Jazz harmonies, while with Vox Nostra he tried to combine these elements with rock instrumentation.Recruiting three vocalists (Roxane Terramorsi, Marie-Suzanne Lacroix and Laurent Levy) along with Jean Claude Delachat on guitars and Sophie Le Coq-Cochard on flutes, he recorded the first album ''Anima'', released independently in 2009.

The music of Vox Nostra has been compared with MAGMA and not of course with no reason.Both acts move from dramatic and sinister sections to ethereal textures with impressive vocals, while Vox Nostra's four-piece choir also sings in an unusual language: All lyrics are delivered in Latin, derived from a Christian liturgy, according to Minvielle himself, creating a beautiful, Gospel atmosphere.Musically the group sounds a bit one-dimensional with the textures being driven by Minvielle stretched piano lines and careful use of keyboards, close to the style of Ad Vitam, but the proposed sound is certainly quite dreamy, with the vocals offering often another ''hidden instrument'' to the arrangements.The guitars and drums are measured, adding some sort of needed diversity, while the presence of them gives rise to a more Fusion approach of an otherwise very Zeuhl/Chamber Rock album.Stylistically the group has a strong Classical- and Jazz-tendency through the process with alternating softer and more haunting lyrical moments, but the addition of guitars and drums easily drop Vox Nostra into the prog category.While some dynamics are obviously absent, ''Anima'' has a strange, deep and unique atmosphere of its own, propably created by the Latin vocals and the dominant piano work of Minvielle.

An unknown pearl of recent Progressive Rock.Many will find ''Anima'' a bit too soft for their tastes, but this album has still a bizzare attractiveness few groups can create.Warmly recommended, especially if you like Chamber Prog or light Zeuhl.

 Vox Nostra by VOX NOSTRA album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.08 | 3 ratings

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Vox Nostra Eclectic Prog

Review by Music By Mail

4 stars This is the third album by this French band / project, led by multi-instrumentist Pierre Minvielle. Zeuhl afficionados may have crossed his name in the 80's as he was briefly playing on Eider Stellaire's second album. And so did too guitarist Jean-Claude Delachat (both on II and III), present here on Vox Nostra. The Zeuhl connection will not stop here, as the present album could stylistically be ranked alongside Offering or Ad Vitam; there is an important choral work (soprano, tenor, alto & baritone voices are used), singing in Latin, sustained by jazz or modern classical harmonies - Debussy among other, with those typical minor seventh chords! But then of course there is on top all the rhythmic work: those obsessive ostinato patterns characterizing the Zeuhl genre, very syncopated or broken lines that especially give an extra breathe to the harmonized vocals, changes of tempi with accelerations bringing further tension, piano clusters reinforcing the darkness and urgency of the music, synthesizer textures sustaining the tension via extended chord progressions, etc... Guitarist Delachat brings extra power with a fuzzy electric guitar playing, working as a counterpoint to the vocal declamations but he also shows a lyrical side when playing some melodic lines under them, nearly like some kind of mini soloing. Besides his vocal duties, Minvielle is also playing keyboards, bass and drums, as well as composing all the music. But don't be afraid, this doesn't sound at all like those many one-man projects missing an organic character! There is here coherence, integration and competence at play and the tunes are really compelling. My last point will go to the excellent Rhodes parts, which work perfectly in combination with the vocals: pushing, intriguing, a lot of key attack raising the rhythmic force to a higher level! If you just let go and receive all playing as a whole, you'll be reaching an ecstatic state of mind, at times exhultation and the shadow of Christian Vander the singer (not the drummer) will probably pass by your ears many many times ... thumbs up, Pierre!
 Anima by VOX NOSTRA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.18 | 11 ratings

Vox Nostra Eclectic Prog

Review by geraldpsyche

3 stars you can find a good quality recording to listen to on I had an MP3 disc to review, but on this site I noticed how the music sounds much more dynamic. My first impression was of a tempered relaxed Magma without the ambitious elements, mixed with lighter tracks that create a feeling of a slightly religious and dedicated concentration, a bit like a mass, where Latin is used in a liturgic way. There is enough happening that even with the lighter foot edge this combination works pretty well. Especially the vocals and some tracks will remind more often of Magma, in a tempered way, and also, in a different (-the sacral song inspiration-) context. The piano/keyboards is sometimes more jazz, is rather classical and is one of the lighter elements. Not too much electric guitar is added but their approach is good. Actually an enjoyable album. It does not exist as a real CD yet but I guess this must or will happen some day.
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