Daniil Sayapin founded the Ex Libris Ensemble in Moscow in 1994. Under his leadership, the ensemble became not only a close-knit group of performing musicians, but also a scientific laboratory. The publication of each new score is preceded by a search for manuscripts, deciphering and transcribing them into modern notation, and editing work. Unique musical material has appeared as the result of many years of work.
The ensemble is dedicated to the revival of Old Russian dissonant polyphony (polyphony). Pieces of ‘domestic’ and linear polyphony that were heard daily in church services from the 16th to the early 18th centuries sound to the modern ear as if composed by 20th-century avant-gardists. The Ex Libris Ensemble has been performing these unique pieces for more than 25 years, not only in concert programs. The singers of Ex Libris were among the first in Russia to bring these treasures back to liturgical practice.
The ensemble has performed Old Russian music during concert tours in Russia, as well as in the US, Western Europe and Southeast Asia. A highlight was a performance of Old Russian singing in the United Nations building.
For many masters of the choral art, Ex Libris' performances of Old Russian polyphonic works are considered authoritative. The ensemble values its cooperation with the Dutch music publisher Donemus, which publishes masterpieces of Old Russian music.
Ex Libris Ensemble:
Daniil Sayapin, bass & conductor
Mikhail Miloslavskiy, bass
Vladimir Skisov, bass
Arkady Sagaydak, baritone
Artem Avetisyan, baritone
Sergey Levin, tenor
Dmitry Shendalev, tenor
Grigory Zhezhel, countertenor