APERI ANIMAM was conceived in January 2017 as an outlet to explore the early music repertory and to revive its presence in Milwaukee. Meeting once a week on Monday evenings, it seemed appropriate to show their work, and they gave their first concert that May at All Saints’ Cathedral. The concert was received with great praise, and since then, they have been increasingly sought out as a historical performance ensemble in the Greater Milwaukee area.
From their conception, artistic director Daniel Koplitz has encouraged a collaborative and intimate approach to interpretation and rarely conducts in performance. The ensemble rehearses as chamber musicians with a strong focus on cultural context, conveyance of text, and pure vocal quality. They aim to present this music in a manner that is both historically informed and relatable to the modern listener. Their programming is experiential, involving choral movement, spatialization, and interdisciplinary art.
The ensemble has collaborated with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, the Plymouth Chorale, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Early Music Now. They have performed through the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts and have also been featured twice on Milwaukee’s emerging artist festival, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival. Most recently, APERI ANIMAM opened for the world-renowned Flanders Recorder Quartet and worked in a masterclass setting with the British vocal ensemble The Queen’s Six.