New album release: Thirst

November 20, 2015 | musica intima launches new album: Thirst
A contemporary collaboration with Turning Point Ensemble

Vancouver, BC—Contemporary vocal ensemble, musica intima, joins with the instrumental clout of the Turning Point Ensemble for its first-ever collaboration album: Thirst, which is being released on November 20. The ensembles perform dynamic repertoire by two internationally acclaimed composers: Ana Sokolović from Montreal and New York City’s Julia Wolfe.

This album marks a departure from choral music for musica intima, with the ensemble highlighting a contemporary, new music sound. Vocal and instrumental textures, as well as a cello solo, provide a depth of sound that showcases the distinctive approaches of the two composers. It’s also musica intima’s first album produced by Redshift Records.


  1. …and I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses …or … what a glorious day, the birds are singing “halleluia” (2014)  Composer: Ana Sokolović
  2. Dring, dring (2010/2014)   Composer: Ana Sokolović          
  3. Vez (2005)   Composer: Ana Sokolović / Cello solo: Ariel Barnes
  4. Thirst (2008) Composer: Julia Wolfe

Listen to excerpts

Julia Wolfe’s Thirst is a dramatic and intense meditation on water that utilizes texts from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, and implements repetition and varied influences to engage listeners, creating a depth of expression that is spellbinding. Ana Sokolović combines the musical traditions of her Serbian heritage with her 25-year experience in Montreal’s rich new music culture, producing a flexible and varied musical language that addresses universal issues and themes.


About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released seven commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. musica intima’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine.

About Turning Point Ensemble
The Vancouver-based chamber ensemble, with a core of 18 instrumentalists, is the winner of the prestigious 2011 Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award in Music, and has been named one of Vancouver’s best classical musical ensembles.

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima