Invenio Singers

Invenio Singers

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The Invenio singers are fast gathering recognition from audiences and critics alike for their innovative and sophisticated approach to choral composition and performance. Formed by prodigious Singer/Composer, Gian Slater in 2010, Invenio explores conceptual composition, extended vocal technique, fluid improvising and choreographed movement.

Slater has convened a group of Australia’s most exciting and forward-thinking creative vocalists, each one a leader and composer in their own right, with stellar musicianship and expert craft. Invenio creates an expansive, celestial sound world that both unifies and honours the individual characters and voices, free of cliché and affectation, with a deep and natural emotional immediacy.

They have performed five theatre works composed and directed by Slater; Gone Without Saying (2010), Us and Others (2011), Self Echo(2012), Clarion/Whisper (2013) and Luminesce (2014) as well as performing in collaborative projects and recordings with NY Pianist/Composer, Barney McAll and Singer/Songwriter, Lior.

They have released two albums; Gone Without Saying and Clarion/Whisper and have performed at APRA awards, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, APRA Art Music Awards, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Sydney Opera House and The Myer Music Bowl.


‘ The audience packed into BMW Edge had never quite heard anything like Slater’s adventurous and highly inventive offering…There was no doubting the work’s artistic success when on completion it received a standing ovation.’

Review of Gone, Without Saying – Andra Jackson (The Age) 2010

‘Slater is not just a conductor-composer but a composer-sound engineer, using real breath and meat to produce tape-era special effects.. with its focus on the physicality of music-making, this is a work of togetherness-making, the establishment of a community of enjoyment that encompasses not only 18 incredibly talented singers and four virtuosic percussionists, but the audience that leaves humming their tunes.’

Mathew Lorenzon (real time arts)

‘ The singers stepped hypnotically, accurately, through odd intervals with a feeling of ancient ritual, and sometimes the sopranos pierced the soul with high, pure radiations …indeed this music sounded at times like the ritual utterance of a vanishing race.’ – John Clare (Sima)