April 30, 2015
Ancient a cappella treasure found
We have found the King Tut of a cappella archeology!! Many years ago our storage shed got flooded and all the a cappella archive files I had there were water-damaged, moldy and absolutely not worth saving. A crew came in to clean out the whole shed and everything got chucked. But this weekend I was cleaning a dusty corner of the car port and lo and behold, under a bunch of firewood was an a cappella treasure! I did remember pulling this one box but never saw it again and thought it had been thrown out with everything else. The box contains hundreds of group photos from our very first Harmony Sweepstakes event on and programs for the first 15 years. We updated the Sweeps web site recently and added a bunch of info but thought this very early stuff was gone forever. We are going thru the box, scanning the photos and entering in the program info to the site. I feel like a regular Hiram Bingham. (I was in fact an archeologist earlier in life)
National Finals are coming up in two weeks. May 16th.
April 29, 2015
The Hard Work And Close Bonds Of Competitive College A Cappella
A cappella was on NPR again this past week with Linda Holmes of Weekend Edition doing a story on competitive collegiate a cappella. "In the story, you'll get to hear them sing, you'll hear some great reflections on the friends you make when you work really hard on a common goal, and you may be surprised how much work goes into creating an arrangement for a group to sing in the first place."
April 28, 2015
Roomful Of Teeth on NPR
The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth consists of eight classically trained singers incorporating Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic trills, rhythmic exhalations and whispered speech into music written by some of the most exciting young composers of the 21st century.
Roomful of Teeth's Grammy-winning debut album topped the classical charts, and their work has been praised by the New York Times and Pitchfork. Now they're releasing a new album, Render.
"In a choral setting," Wells says, "typically you have at the very least three or four altos, three or four tenors, and you're going for a rich, clean blend in each section. And this group is about not single colors or single unifying blends, but almost the opposite: juxtaposing the individual colors of the voices in the group."
April 24, 2015
Manhattan Transfer looking good!
Here's the new publicity photo for The Manhattan Transfer with our old a cappella friend Trist Curless an official member. It has been a difficult time of late for the group but here they are looking great (quite dapper I'd say) and have a great show coming up with Take 6 on May 15th in Bridgeport, CT.
April 22, 2015
2015 Harmony Sweepstakes line up complete
After a great show in Boston yesterday afternoon, and the win for Timepeice, the 2015 Harmony Sweeps National Finals lineup is complete. Once again there is plenty of talent with a nice variety of styles and group size and all them promise to be excellent!
Our 2105 Regional champs:-
The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival National Finals
Saturday May 16th, 8pm
Marin Veterans Auditorium
San Rafael, CA
It's going to be a wonderful night of vocal harmony. I hope you can join us.
April 21, 2015
SoCal Vocals wins ICCA
Congratulations to SoCal Vocals (University of Southern California) who won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella this past weekend in New York City. Voices in Your Head (Univ.of Chicago) took second and The G-Man (Univ of Michigan) were third.
April 17, 2015
Naturally 7 is keeping busy!
One of our favorite a cappella groups, and 1999 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions, Naturally 7 have been featured in a national advertising campaign for Honey Nut Cherrios. They also have a new CD release Hidden In Plain Sight which we have been playing non-stop for the past week. The group continues to tour world-wide and it's always fun to call them, as I did the other day, as you never know where they are when they answer the phone. It was a curry shop in Johannesburg, South Africa this time.