April 29, 2014
David Lee Roth sing Happy with Naturally 7
Well here's a combo I would of never thought of. Somehow David Lee Roth hooked up with Naturally Seven backstage of their show in Tokyo last weekend resulting in this impromptu a cappella version of Pharrell Williams' “Happy.”
April 23, 2014
Pitch Perfect 2 cast photo
Rebel Wilson has shared the first rehearsals photo for the Elizabeth Banks-directed “Pitch Perfect 2”. While plot details are still being kept hush, what we do know is that the sequel is set four years after the first film and this rehearsal photo confirms that Ester Dean, Kelley Jackie, Alexis Knapp, and Hana Mae Lee will indeed be reuniting alongside previously announced returning cast members Brittany Snow, Kendrick and Wilson.
April 15, 2014
2014 Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals line up
After the Boston Regional this past weekend our line up for this year's National Finals is now complete. And what a season it has been so far with full houses and talented groups aplenty. It is always satisfying to have a wide variety of groups at the Finals and this year is a fine example. We have vocal jazz, contemporary, world, gospel and a young group from the Republic of Georgia that blends them all. With current champs The Honey Whiskey Trio hosting this promises to be a show most worthy of our 30th anniversary.
2014 National Finals line up:-
San Francisco - Prime Time
New York - The Quintessential Five
Mid-Atlantic - Catatonic
Chicago - 3AM
Boston - Women of the World
Pacific Northwest - SeaNote
Los Angeles - #FOURTY4
Hosted by 2013 National Champions - The Honey Whiskey Trio
Come and join us on May 17th and help celebrate our three decades of presenting some of the Nation's best a cappella groups.
April 11, 2014
Take 6 inducted to Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Take 6 and The Gaither Vocal Band who have both been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Take 6 have released 18 albums and earned a total of 12 Grammy Awards and 5 Dove Awards, plus a Soul Train award. They were named Vocal Group of the Year by Black Radio Exclusive as well as Best Jazz Vocal group for 4 consecutive years in a Downbeat Readers Poll. Well done guys!
April 8, 2014
Review - Pentatonix hit all the right notes
Boston Globe (MA):
It could be argued that Pentatonix is simply riding a wave of a cappella enthusiasm that has seen “Glee,” “The Sing-Off” (the group won the show’s third season) and “Pitch Perfect” make not-insubstantial pop-culture impacts in recent years. But timing alone can’t explain the quintet’s rock-star reception — complete with serenaded audience member overcome with freaked-out terror-joy — on Saturday at the first of two sold-out House of Blues shows. The fact of the matter is that Pentatonix is extremely good at what it does.
The group’s meticulousness was unmistakable, so much so that the democratic invitations for audience participation counterproductively undid the tightly packed arrangements. There was madrigal complexity, swing-jazz harmonies and vocals shooting across the stage from singer to singer like an auditory magic trick. Pentatonix’s rhythm was as precise as its pitch, if not more. It stopped and started on a dime countless times, and the group constantly pivoted as one.
It was so seemingly effortless that it occasionally served as a crutch. Two medleys, one of Beyoncé material and one of random pop through the decades (with some overlap between the two), moved so briskly from song to song with no apparent musical thread that they weren’t much more than nods of recognition and displays of Pentatonix’s ability to shift quickly. A Daft Punk medley was more successful by finding ways to put just a few songs in conversation with one another.
April 4, 2014
Paul Salamunovich, respected choral conductor, dies at 86
Los Angeles Times:
Paul Salamunovich, the widely respected choral conductor who led the Los Angeles Master Chorale for 10 years, died on Thursday. He was 86 and was suffering from multiple health complications due to West Nile virus.
Salamunovich served as music director of the Master Chorale from 1991 to 2001, and later became the organization's director emeritus. Under his leadership, the chorale continued to rise in international prominence and take on adventurous programming that put new music alongside classical standards.
As a conductor, Salamunovich also worked frequently in the movie industry, leading choral performances for the soundtracks of prominent movies including "A.I.," "Grand Canyon" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
In addition, he served for 50 years as the choir director at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. He brought his expertise in Gregorian chants and other ecclesiastical music to bear in numerous concerts, including an audience with Pope John Paul II.
April 3, 2014
Cast Sings Circle of Life on flight
The latest a cappella viral video clip with almost 7 million views in 24 hours is of the cast of the Lion King who, an their way to Australia, broke out singing "Circle of Life".