The Real Group (S)

The Real Group is a Swedish vocal group with five dedicated singers and musicians. The group has been touring for more than 30 years and continues to excite a broad audience all over the world. With a unique musical expression in a field between jazz, pop and Northern European choral music, The Real Group is considered one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music.


Beardyman (UK)

& the Beardytron5000mkII

After winning the UK Beatbox Championship twice in a row, Beardyman né Darren Foreman ploughed headlong into the swirling vortex of musical and technological experimentation before him and has referred to himself in the third person ever since. An obsession with music technology and looping became a career-long study in the possibilities afforded by technology in the field of musical improvisation but he remained limited by the consumer tech available at the time. Having played mainstages and packed-out rooms the world over, Beardyman decided that it was time to reveal what he had been working on in secret all this time: The Beardytron5000mkII. Imagine a machine that can let you record and mix music in real time –one that will enable musicians to get down the ideas in their head instantly, with no filter between the germs of a song and hearing it come alive straight away. Imagine the fevered genius capable of building such a perfect musical aid. Meet the BEARDYTRON_5000mkIV (Beardytron). And meet its creator…Beardyman, whose performances have been viewed over 60 million times on YouTube alone with improvisation being at the heart of the creative process.

Beardyman will be performing on Thursday evening at Ridehuset as part of the opening concert: Elements of Play. The following day Beardyman will be giving a workshop for a limited number of festival participants. Sign up when you buy your festival pass.


Club for Five (FI)

AAVF is proud to present Club For Five from Finland as part of the main concert “Elements of Play” on the opening night of Aarhus Vocal Festival 2019.

Rooted in Nordic music tradition but strongly influenced by jazz and pop the music of five skilled vocalists is full of colours and delightful energy. Besides their English repertoire Club For Five – when touring outside Finland – also loves to bring pieces of Helsinki with them by including some songs in Finnish. Icy cold winter and the haunting landscapes of the North translate naturally into beautiful jazz harmonies and etno flavours.

Club For Five is known around the world for their lively performances and open-minded approach to singing – sometimes even challenging conventional wisdom about the capabilities of the human voice.


Rhiannon (US)

Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation and storytelling to audiences for over four decades.

From her stellar collaborations with the all-women jazz ensemble Alive! to a cappella ensemble SoVoSo’ to Bobby McFerrin – Voicestra, and Gimme5, to her groundbreaking solo and ensemble performances, Rhiannon has paved a unique path as an independent artist. In recent years she has continued to refine her improvisation work by performing in two ensembles: a cappella trio WeBe3 with Joey Blake and David Worm, Spontaneous, featuring renowned instrumentalists Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuña, Otmaro Ruiz and Jetro daSilva.. These groups have toured internationally, giving completely improvised performances. In 2012 Rhiannon Music released Spontaneous, a live improvised recording. Rhiannon continues to enjoy touring and teaching with Bobby McFerrin in the US and Europe.


Mariagerfjord Pigekor (DK)

Are you ready for this? AAVF are happy to welcome Mariagerfjord Pigekor (Mariagerfjord Girls Choir) back on the festival with their new show. Pure joy, epic soundscapes and infectious energy delivered by 25 young girls aged 13-18 from the beautiful area of Mariagerfjord in Denmark. Supported by their band and conductor Christian Fris-Ronsfeld Mariagerfjord Pigekor kicks off the opening night of Aarhus Vocal Festival 2019 with a set of powerful pop songs in lovely harmony.

Mariagerfjord Pigekor is a rhythmic elite choir with singers from all around the Municipality of Mariagerfjord; 25 girls with outstanding singing skills in the age of 12-20 years. The choir was established in 2007 and is now the leading choir of the Mariagerfjord Choir Academy – one of the leading choir schools for contemporary music in Europe.

The choir embraces and prioritizes not only the singing but also the social aspects. There is a special emphasis on supporting the development of social skills and the understanding of obligations. – Both with a unique pedagogical approach that reaches across age-groups. The vision for each girl is, through a supportive teaching method, to reach the highest level possible. Ideally, the progress will take the singer from talent to professional. Over the last couple of years, Mariagerfjord Pigekor has performed with a number of Danish top-acts like Steffen Brandt and Emmelie de Forest.