Lauded as "remarkable" and "gorgeous" (The Washington Post), Eya is an award-winning vocal ensemble based in Washington, DC, specializing in the interpretation of medieval music for women’s voices. Eya has performed at notable venues including the National Gallery of Art, Washington National Cathedral, and Dumbarton Oaks, as well as colleges, universities, and concert series throughout the East Coast. They have been featured on NPR’s Millennium of Music, and are the recipients of the 2013 Ovation Award for Best Specialty Group: Early Music. Eya (pronounced “EH-yah”) is an exclamation of joy in Latin.
The musical landscape of Renaissance Florence reveals a splendid symbiosis of contrasting elements: sacred and secular, foreign and native, highborn and humble. Eya traces these cultural elements from the trecento (late 14th century) through the late 16th century. Each part of their program begins with a medieval chant from a local confraternity (lay order), then explores varied forms of Florentine vocal music including lauda (sacred songs in Italian), several generations of Franco-Flemish composers (DuFay, Isaac, Agricola), and works by native Francesco de Layolle composing in the style of the Burgundians.