Invenio is an innovative large ensemble of improvising and contemporary singers, experimenting with the typical vocal group/choral form through conceptual composition, extended vocal technique, fluid improvising, choreographed movement and inventive performance.
Singer/composer Gian Slater formed Invenio in March 2010 to perform her large-work commission piece for the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival. The composition, Gone without saying, received rave reviews and a standing ovation.
Since then, Invenio have performed Gone without saying at the Sydney Opera House Studio for the prestigious Freedman Fellowship Awards, at Dancehouse Theatre and La Mama Musica, all to sell out audiences.
Invenio premiered Slater’s second large work, Us and others, in 2011. The piece, composed for 18 singers and 4 percussionists from SPEAK Percussion (led by Eugene Ughetti) was performed at the Malthouse Theatre to sell-out audiences.
In late 2011, Invenio performed at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival for NY pianist/composer Barney McAll’s Graft – a major work for 2 pianos, vibraphone, electric bass, electronics and voices. The album was released on Jazzhead label in May, 2012. This album was nominated for Best Jazz Album in the 2012 ARIA awards, and was nominated for Best Independent Jazz album in the Australian Independent Record Labels Association’s Independent Music Awards.
Invenio have also performed with treasured singer/songwriter, Lior, for his Speigeltent season over three sold-out nights. Invenio also featured in the Melbourne Arts Festival’s Notes from the Hard and Beyond at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with the Black Arm Band, Ricki Lee Jones, Mavis Staples, Archie Roach and Joss Stone.
Invenio recently released their debut album, Gone, without saying, on the Listen/Hear Collective Label. It is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, and from selected retailers.
The singers of Invenio are selected for the group from a pool of exciting young contemporary singers who have all completed or are finishing a Bachelor of music degree at an array of Australian music institutions – Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University, Australian National University, Adelaide Conservatory and WAAPA.