Aarhus Vocal Festival
2-5 June 2017

Saturday Midday Concert

Saturday 12 noon

Location: Ridehuset

Fonty’s Jazz Choir

In 2013, FJC celebrated its 10th anniversary with a fantastic concert tour in China (May), a thrilling Reunion Concert (December) and reached a top 3 classification in the Top Category of the National Top Festival in De Doelen Rotterdam. They were the winner of the National BALK Top Festival November 2015, and in December 2015, they released a new CD. Last July, the choir was the convincing Golden Medal Winner of the World Choir Games Jazz Competition in Sochi.

They have been runner-up at the AAVF twice, but in 2017, they are one of the finalists in the AAVF competition.

Jazzchor der Uni Bonn

The “Jazzchor der Uni Bonn” was founded in 1995 and has come a long way since then. It is associated to the “Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn” in the western part of Germany. The most profound occurred when the conductor changed and Jan-Hendrik Herrmann was chosen, raising the choirs skill to new levels and motivating the members with demanding self-arranged pieces. The previously narrow focus on jazz standards was widened and the genres became more diverse, sound- and emotion wise. Although some of the almost 50 members change every semester, as new students come and old ones leave, the choir maintains a high level of skill. The audiences are mostly impressed by an immense variety of sounds, as the choir performs popular songs in new arrangements, joyful jazz classics, pulsating rock-hymns and emotional slow ballads. The choir is proud to have successfully taken part in competitions such as the “Korofest 2011” in Istanbul, the “LCW NRW 2013” and is going to partake in the “LCW NRW 2017”.

Jazzva

Jazzva is one of the best and most popular vocal groups in Slovenia. They are the recipients of many awards at the Slovenian national pop-jazz a cappella competition Sredi zvezd in Žalec.

The group also competes and performs abroad. Their biggest international competition achievement is second place at the A CAPPELLA Competition in May 2015 in Leipzig Germany and the title of the best pop vocal group of Seghizzi competition in Gorizia, Italy in 2013 and 2014.
They use every chance they get to broaden their horizons and get new ideas, techniques and knowledge. This year they were a part of a Vocalmentor programme in Fossano, Italy, where they worked under the tuition of Katarina Henryson and Peder Karlsson.

Jazzva loves to play with different sound colours and effects and tries to find its own special relationship with every song. After gaining experience and continuously learning from the best, they are now trying to find their own musical style, sound and attitude.

 

Location: “Lille Sal” (The Small Concert Hall)

Musta lammas

Musta lammas is the first Finnish choir ever to enter the AAVF Choir Competition. The group was founded in early spring of 2016 and consists of 23 professional musicians from Helsinki. All of their arrangements that vary from soulful covers to their own original material are custom made for Musta lammas. Adding the group’s performance magic to them you can hear irresistible grooves and delicious soundscapes.

Musta lammas is Finnish for “black sheep”, pointing at their position as ground breakers within the Finnish choral scene, which is currently dominated by ambitious projects within mostly contemporary and folk music. The group wishes to bring something new to the Finnish music scene and be an inspiration for both choirs and individuals by combining passion for rhythmical music with high-level musicianship.

Participating in the AAVF choir competition is a long-term goal and a big milestone for the group. In addition, Musta lammas had their first live performance just almost a year ago, on the 5th of June 2016. The group’s trip to Aarhus has been supported financially by The Finnish Music Foundation, Svenska kulturfonden and Sibelius Academy.

The group was founded and is led by Ida Olsonen, who is currently finishing her master’s degree at Sibelius Academy at the University of Arts, Helsinki. Ida is a composer, arranger, pedagogue and singer. She’s also known as a founding member in the vocal quintet Ensemble Norma (2nd prize in the vocal group competition / AAVF 2013).

Eigenwijs

“EigenWijs” is a vocal group consisting of 12 singers who in their own way light up with vocal music on the stage.

The group originated from an occasion in 1997, where they were commissioned several successful Christmas concerts. This enthusiastic, driven company has turned out more music since and an expansion of the repertoire soon followed: pop songs, and close harmony jazz is their music style.

“EigenWijs” focuses not only on singing beautiful and challenging musical numbers. Also, the presentation and appearance on stage are important. Contact with the public, an interaction, a spark, a balance between listening and watching are characteristic for their performances.

 

Vokalkompagniet

The Copenhagen-based choir Vokalkompagniet consists of 22 skilled and experienced professional singers. The choir is characterised by its strong musicality and presence on stage and has been performing for 20 years in and outside of Denmark. For several times during the recent years, Vokalkompagniet has been touring with The Spooky Men’s Chorale in England. On the tours, they have been doing concerts as well as conducting workshops for local choir singers. Vokalkompagniet has made TV and radio appearances and they have a viral hit on youtube.

Their repertoire consists of Nordic songs, country and bluegrass, modern pop classics and swing jazz as well as other genres, and they often seek inspiration in new music styles.