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July 19, 2006

Artist Spotlight - Club For Five

There's been the usual summer slowdown of interesting a cappella news so I thought I'd introduce a new feature - The Artist Spotlight. This once-in-awhile post will highlight a new or lesser-known group with a particular emphasis on overseas artists as I personally enjoy listening to groups from all over the world. So the fine new release we just received from Finnish group Club For Five is a perfect candidate for the Spotlight. Here in their own words is more about the group:-

Club for Five is an innovative Finnish contemporary a cappella group whose speciality is an open-minded approach to singing and skillful, instrument-like use of the human voice. The lively performances of the band have charmed people in numerous sold out concerts. The creative ways of "playing" rhythm music without a single instrument often disarm the spectator: he sees only five singers on stage, but based on the sound, he can easily imagine an entire rock band in front of him. Founded in Helsinki 2001, Club for Five consists of musicians with diverse and extensive musical backgrounds: Maija Sariola (soprano), Susanna Hietala (alto), Jouni Kannisto (tenor), Tuomas Ahola (baritone) and Tuukka Haapaniemi (bass). The multifaceted musical history of the group can be clearly heard in the way it sings and arranges its music. The repertoire (both Finnish and English) is mainly self-arranged and/or self-composed pop music containing influences from a variety of musical genres. Club for Five performs mainly in Finland, but has also held concerts elsewhere in Europe, as well as Asia. During its career so far, the band has also performed with distinguished ensembles, such as the legendary American vocal group "The Manhattan Transfer" and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Their new CD in called "Uni" which is available of course from Primarily A Cappella. Listen to Kun Kaikki Muut Viela Nukkuu

Posted by acapnews at July 19, 2006 1:08 AM