The Beatbox Collective – Bass6 (UK)
Morten Vinther Sørensen (Denmark)
Andrea Figallo (Italy)
New York Voices (USA)
Lukas Teske (Germany)
Kaichiro Kitamura (Japan)
African Meander Scar production AfrikaRiz (pronounced ‘Africa Rise’) is more than just a Youth Choir coming out of Pimville Township in Soweto. In the light of being raised and living in a community that lacks visible role models, an environment where young people are desperate for engag ing & stimulating resources, 21 year old Musician & Vocal Arranger, Mpendulo Sipho Mhlanga, founded AfrikaRiz with a vision to establish a project that would develop young and responsible Leaders, empowering them with Life-Skills through the use of the Performing Arts. Since its official founding in 2016, the Ensemble has grown to become a compelling movement that many young people in Soweto desire to be a part of. AfrikaRiz is now a 30 Member group (ages: 17 to 25) that offers entertaining yet informative Performances through Music, Dance, Drama & Poetry. Their repertoire includes new musical arrangements of South Afri can and African classics.
Broadway Records Recording Artist, Blue Jupiter, is four singers belting soaring pop and Broadway leads with tight harmony and unbelievable beatboxing. And most importantly, nothing else. This New York City-based quartet is just 4 mouths and 4 mics. Real voices and non-stop energy.
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Using only their voices and innovative live looping techniques, international vocal sensation FreePlay sings you around the world without leaving your seat. New York jazz, UK pop, European classical, Indian ragas, Brazilian samba… FreePlay does it all, a cappella. Partners in music and in life, Canadians Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran delight in sharing their unique and virtuosic a cappella style around the world, with performances in over 20 countries across 6 continents. ‘Beyond Incredible!’ (Mark Kibble, Take 6). ‘Beautiful and Impressive!’ (Sara Davey).
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If hell had a choir, it would sound like Hellscore…
Hellscore is a metal a cappella that has been featured in the critically acclaimed Therion album “Leviathan” (2021), the latest Amorphis album “Queen of Time” (2018), a new Ayreon album “Transitus” (2020), the latest Orphaned Land album “Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs” (2018), Patty Gurdy‘s album “Pest & Power” (2019) and the Scardust studio albums – “Strangers” (2020) and “Sands of Time” (2017).
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Founded in the fall of 2017, In Full Colour is a collegiate group from the University of Waterloo that seeks to tell stories about the human experience each year. They’ve competed at various competitions, and are three time ICCA Quarterfinal champions. This year, In Full Colour is tackling the virtual a cappella world with a series of individual stories featuring original music.
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The members of Les Itinérantes met while studying music theatre, having various backgrounds in early music, jazz and world music. The resulting merger of styles led to the ensemble’s repertoire now encompassing eleven musical styles, nine centuries and 19 languages. In keeping with their name, they travel from one time and place to another, creating images, stories and feelings with their voices. Members: Pauline Langlois De Swarte, Manon Cousin, Elodie Pont
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Since its inception in 2009, the Ndlovu Youth Choir has become one of the world’s most loved choirs. Their unique musical arrangements, powerhouse vocals, irresistibly combined with mesmerising choreography and infectious energy have inspired millions across the globe.
Eleven years after turning an after-school programme (The choir was formed by the Ndlovu Care Group’s Orphan and Vulnerable Children Programme) into a recording and touring career, the choir uses their talents to beautifully share their inspirational story through music.
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The award-winning vocal band ONAIR (Berlin, Germany) is one of the stars in the world of a cappella music. ONAIR exploded onto the scene in 2013 and have fast established themselves as one of Europe’s most exciting a cappella groups. Well on their way to the elite of the world’s vocal ensembles, ONAIR have been racking up 1st prizes in vocal ensemble competitions ever since their début in 2013. They were the winners of the contest at AAVF 2013. ONAIR is well known for artful vocal arrangements, for an intense energy and stage presence and strong emotional connection between the singers on stage as well as a for a powerful, transparent even sometimes ethereal sound. With lavish interpretations of songs by rock and pop icons such as Led Zeppelin, Prince, Queen and Whitney Houston, Linkin Park, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and many more expect a show full of innovation and drama. More About ONAIR
SHÆLIN is a new soul crew weaving a singular music. The group is deeply inspired by the richness of American black music (RnB, soul, hip hop, jazz, gospel) but also by other musical horizons ranging from traditional Reunion music to Steve Reich, or Dirty Projectors. Many genres with a strong history and meaning that gave birth to a modern and “feel good” sound, which exudes joie de vivre and generosity. For the 6 members of the band, difference is a wealth, and intermix a celebration of love. Through music, words and dance, SHÆLIN brings a message of hope and unconditional faith, a humanist and panspiritual message that invites its listeners to reconnect with the greater whole, with other beings, and with themselves. Based in France, the collective’s roots extend from Mozambique to Martinique via Italy, Cameroon, Reunion Island or Vietnam. Strong thanks to their differences in origins, ages and backgrounds, it is in the city of Tours that they connected. Together, they create a universal and unifying music.
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Created by Thierry Lalo in 1994, The Voice Messengers are more than 20 years of musical adventure: 3 albums, 1 Prix du Jazz Vocal (Académie du Jazz), 1 DVD, nearly 400 concerts in France and abroad, dozens of workshops, collaborations with many musicians, arrangers and vocal groups around the world, and numerous musical prizes. Their new album “Comme le temps passe”, initially scheduled for June 2020, has been released in January 2021. Served by the jubilant arrangements of Thierry Lalo and other renowned arrangers: Jean-Loup Longnon, Edward Randell, Jesper Holm,… the Voice Messengers form a real vocal big-band (6 singers + a rhythm section) in which the role of brass is held by the singers.
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Founded in 2009, Voco Novo is one of the most unique A Cappella groups in Taiwan, creating music of their own, as well as digging deeply into the various
cultures on the island, which have become the group’s iconic style.
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Whalesine is a music collaboration between Bram Baumstein and Spencer Camacho. Former president and music director of West Chester University’s Under A Rest A Cappella, Bram and Spencer sought to continue singing together and began songwriting during the beginning of Covid. As Whalesine continues preparing to release their first collection of original music, they are excited to share their BOSS inspired original song with the Aarhus Vocal Festival and community which is so supportive of emerging artists.
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Born in San Francisco, California, Deke Sharon has been performing professionally since the age of 8, and as a child toured North America and shared the stage in operas with the likes of Pavarotti. Heralded as “The Father of Contemporary A Cappella,” he is responsible for the current sound of modern a cappella, having created the dense vocal-instrumental sound in college, subsequently spreading it around the world. Deke produced “The Sing-Off“ worldwide (USA, Netherlands, China, South Africa), which had the highest ratings of any new, unscripted television show in the US in 2009, and was the third highest rated show on NBC in 2010. In addition, Deke served as arranger, on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s “Pitch Perfect“ & “Pitch Perfect 2“ & “Pitch Perfect 3“ starring Anna Kendrick & Rebel Wilson.
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Over one million singing and supporting members in around 15,000 choirs – the German Choral Association (DCV) is Germany’s first address for vocal music, under whose umbrella 20 member organisations and the German Choral Youth are organized. As a cultural and socio-political representative of the interests of singers in Germany, the DCV works together with strong cultural, social and political partners such as choral and music associations, federal and state music academies, universities or music publishers. The aim is to give choral singing and the subject of singing a strong voice both among the general public and among decision-makers in culture, politics and society. Among the projects and programs regularly organized and supported by the DCV are the German Choral Festival in alternating host cities, chor.com as a forum, professional congress and festival for the protagonists of the choral scene, the annual capital city festival Chor@Berlin, the initiative for singing in daycare centers and kindergartens “Die Carusos” as well as the professional and member magazine “Chorzeit – das Vokalmagazin”.
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SINGSTRONG A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL FIGHTS ALZHEIMER’S
3 Day A cappella Music Festival Raises Money For Charity
The all-vocal event consists of five concerts and two days of classes and coachings, all featuring nothing but the human voice. Event profits support charity, with a silent auction to benefit the fight against Alzheimer’s, and ticket and merchandise proceeds supporting music programs with a special focus on singing and a cappella music. Audiences will hear pop, jazz, rock, broadway, barbershop, overtone, beatbox and more -all performed a cappella. Groups will use only their voices to perform melodies, harmonies and to vocally imitate a virtual orchestra of sounds –including vocal drums, vocal trumpet, vocal electric guitar and a vocal synthesizers –all without instruments of any kind.
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André de Quadros (US), conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries. His professional work has taken him to the most diverse settings, spanning professional ensembles, and projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees and asylum-seekers, poverty locations, and victims of torture and trauma. André de Quadros is a professor of music at Boston University, musical director of several vocal ensembles around the world and is deeply committed to justice and equity, peacebuilding and reconciliation and is proactively sharing choir music as a tool in this mission.
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Our mandate is to give a voice to the voice, to inspire innovation and collaboration, and to welcome singers of all stripes and all levels to explore something new. In these most unusual times. In our 9th season, SING! took the once in a century opportunity to provide a showcase and platform for a cappella artists from around the world – virtually. In our 10th anniversary season we continue to bring you the best in concerts and workshops from across the globe. Our Artistic Directors have designed a stellar line-up that crosses cultures, demographics, and musical styles, including a special retrospective of our 10 incredible years. Tickets and passes available at http://www.singtoronto.com
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Vocal Line’s proclaimed goal is to act as a front-runner of the development of rhythmic choir singing, nationally as well as internationally. The music of Vocal Line springs from the Danish choir tradition and represents a strong fusion of rock, pop and jazz.
The sound of Vocal Line is characterised by joining grandiose, Nordic tones with personality and empathy in well sounding, richly detailed and experimental arrangements. No one sounds quite like Vocal Line!
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CEPRAVOI – CEntre de PRAtiques VOcales et Instrumentales en région Centre-Val de Loire
Director: Céline Morel
This Regional association, promoting vocal and choral music, is commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and the Regional Council of Centre-Val de Loire. Specialist in voice and musical pedagogy, Cepravoi operates in three main areas: Training, projects supports and information. It is aimed at voice enthusiasts, music professionals, communities and all creative and cultural actors wishing to engage in a project involving vocal practice, from medieval music to contemporary music. It also offers a range of “tools” like scores, books or movies to support vocal groups in their projects.
Internships, festivals and meetings punctuate its season.
Cepravoi is the co-organiser of the Chateauroux Vocal Festival.
Founded in 1991, the Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) has been investing in the a cappella community for thirty years. Our mission is to inspire a strong sense of unity by fostering diverse connections, supporting innovation, celebrating excellence, and sharing knowledge in the worldwide vocal music community. We produce three festivals and two awards programs each scholastic season in addition to other educational programs and initiatives.
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Christian Fris-Ronsfeld is the artistic director of the Danish girl’s choir Mariagerfjord Pigekor and Mariagerfjord Choir School, which is one of the most remarkable schools for contemporary music in Europe,
consisting of 16 choirs primarily focusing on children and youth choirs. Besides, he has been leading the Danish National Pop Youth Choir “Syng Selected” together with his wife Tine Fris-Ronsfeld. Christian is frequently invited as a workshop leader at festivals and choir events in Europe and USA. His choir arrangements are sung by groups all over Europe and published by Schott and Helbling edition. He is a board member of Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF). Christian has a Master’s degree in rhythmic choir leading, pop/jazz singing and ear training from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus/Aalborg and a Master’s degree in music education from the University of Music in Freiburg.
RoxorLoops and Jasmin Rose, a beatboxer and singer duo, create their music using just the sounds that they can produce with the human voice. Their music is generally within the pop genre with hints of Nordic and Middle Eastern folk music. Belgian RoxorLoops is a beatbox legend with numerous titles and achievements and Danish/English Jasmin Rose is a multi-talented singer and soloist at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg. Their latest performance together was in March ‘20 when they entered the Danish Eurovision with the song Human.
Line Groth is a renowned singer, conductor and arranger. She has worked with choirs, singers and conductors all over Europe, in the US, Israel, Greenland and Taiwan. As singer, arranger and co-conductor in the world famous Danish choir, Vocal Line for more than 11 years, she has sung concerts all over the world and performed with The Rolling Stones, Bobby McFerrin a.o. Line Groth is a member of the electronic vocal group, Postyr. The group has released several albums with their original music and in 2016 they won the prestigious CARA Award for Best European Album.