European Vocal Music

LEOsings #1 Barcelona – Interview Jim Daus Hjernoe, pt.2

vocalblog - Wed, 02/04/2014 - 13:47
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog editor-in-chief Those who have watched the first part are anxiously waiting for part 2 of the interview I was able to do with Danish vocal music education specialist Jim Daus Hjernoe in Barcelona. In this part of the interview we are talking about the Aarhus Vocal Music Festival, Associate Professor [...]
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LEOsings #1 Barcelona – Interview Jim Daus Hjernoe, pt.1

vocalblog - Fri, 28/03/2014 - 19:33
by Florian Städtler, European Voices Association (Chairman of the Board) LEOsings is a European Union project exploring the “Diversity of Singing Practices in Europe”, which had its kick-off session in February 2014 in Barcelona. There will be a more detailed report about the project and opportunities to take part in the following sessions in Aalborg [...]
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My Way to Teaching and Founding a Vocal Ensemble in Hollywood

vocalblog - Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:34
by Kier (aka Morten Kjaer, DEN/USA) Back in my early twenties when I studied music at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, I made a big deal out of NOT wanting to be a music teacher. I was ambivalent about my studies, since running band and choir rehearsals took up 50% of everyone’s [...]
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Newsflash – The Oxford Gargoyles Hong Kong Debut

vocalblog - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 17:45
shared by Henry Southern, Hong Kong The Oxford Gargoyles is Oxford University’s premier jazz a cappella group. Coming from humble beginnings, the group was formed in 1998 by two students with a shared passion for jazz and an irrepressible urge to ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’. In the past 16 years, the group has grown into one [...]
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#listento – Voices of Asia

vocalblog - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 15:45
by Kevin Chen, Vocalasia Contemporary A Cappella in Asia has developed into different styles and forms that are unique to each region, mixing characteristics of local culture and language.  This album is the first Asian A Cappella compilation in history, with specially selected groups from different regions presenting their works. We hope, through this album, [...]
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Newsflash – Young Composers Competition

vocalblog - Sat, 08/03/2014 - 22:15
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog editor-in-chief In association with international publishing company Edition Peters Ltd, Reverie, the London-based young professional vocal ensemble, is proud to launch a composition competition for young composers between the ages of 15 to 25. This gives a young composer the opportunity to write a new work for a professional vocal [...]
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Bass Talk

vocalblog - Thu, 13/02/2014 - 00:39
by Jeff Meshel, “Girl Talk” has always been a source of endless fascination to people, especially those of the male persuasion, for whom it remains a total mystery. (Ex songs by Neil Hefti and Elvis Costello). Less mysterious perhaps, but here’s “Bass Talk”. Tuukka Haapaniemi (Finland, Club for Five, major-league basso profundo) and Jeff [...]
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Get ready, USA: The Real Group is coming!

vocalblog - Sat, 01/02/2014 - 14:10
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog founder and Real Booking Agent Can there “the best” group in one genre? Hard to tell. Tastes differ and what is “good” in music anyway? We in a cappella have this strange longing for perfection, for absolute harmony and all too often we sit in concerts, nit-picking and analyzing if [...]
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10 LACF memories that will bring me back in 2015

vocalblog - Sun, 26/01/2014 - 19:34
by Florian Städtler, London, post-#LACF2014                     Many events are good at marketing. Only few really deliver. Rarely has a marketing slogan been so diligently put into practice as during London A Cappella Festival 2014, which has just ended after 4 days of – yes, here comes [...]
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Pitch Perfect Unpicked – Deke Sharon & Nick Girard talk, teach and make noises at LACF2014

vocalblog - Sat, 25/01/2014 - 13:50
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog This is basically what I overheard in a London A Cappella Festival workshop by two a cappella big shots of the US vocal music scene: Deke Sharon, “the man who invented a cappella in 1991″, TV producer and overall a cappella mastermind and Nick Girard (singer and vocal percussionist with [...]
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The LACF2014 Vocal Jog – Join the Cult!

vocalblog - Sun, 19/01/2014 - 15:46
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Jog evangelist Those of you who are new to Vocal Blog or have not been to an international a cappella festival (yet) might think it’s a typo. No, it isn’t: Besides the Vocal Blog (your favourite online vocal music magazine) there is the Vocal JOG. What the FORK is this? It [...]
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12 deep and not so deep questions for LACF2014 visitors

vocalblog - Fri, 17/01/2014 - 14:17
by Florian Städtler, reporting from Stockholm, #VBontour Some might remember my blog post about my “A Cappella World Tour 2012″, when I was lucky to plan and direct a cappella performances at a corporate roadshow in Mainz, Hong Kong, Baltimore and Sao Paolo. Probably the closest I yet came to the thing I would call [...]
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