January 30, 2016

Rockapella member wants Rand Paul to stop using the Carmen Sandiego theme


Attorneys for Sean Altman are threatening to file a lawsuit against the campaign of Rand Paul over the use of Altman’s “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” in a campaign ad.

Altman’s attorney, Larry Iser of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert, sent a letter to Paul’s campaign manager, Chip Englander, on Jan. 19, asking the campaign to remove the ad from the campaign’s YouTube and Facebook pages as well as its Twitter account. It also asks the campaign to cease and desist from ever airing the ad again, and to contact Iser to talk about compensating Altman and his Big Sean Music for the use of the work and violations of his right of publicity.

Iser wrote that the campaign had responded to a previous letter in late December by promising to remove the ad, but he said that it still can be accessed.

In the letter, Iser wrote that should the Paul campaign not comply, they would “not hesitate” to file a lawsuit against the campaign and Paul personally. He noted that he also represented Jackson Browne when he filed suit against John McCain’s campaign and the Ohio Republican Party over the unauthorized use of “Running on Empty” in a campaign ad. That led to a settlement, including an undisclosed monetary payment, a public apology and a pledge by the Republican National Committee to license future works. Iser also represented David Byrne in his lawsuit against the campaign of then-Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida over the unauthorized use of his music, which also led to a settlement and apology.

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January 29, 2016

The King's Singers announce new member

Countertenor Patrick Dunachie has been announced as the King's Singers' newest member. The 22 year-old will join the group in September following countertenor David Hurley's final concert in August. Hurley annnounced his retirement from the King's Singers earlier in 2015 after more than 26 years with the ensemble.

By happy coincidence, Dunachie graduated from King's College, Cambridge, where the King's Singers originated back in 1968. He is currently in the choir of Christ Church, Oxford and The Gesualdo Six and has sung with Ex Cathedra and The King's Consort.

'I am extremely excited to have been appointed to The King's Singers after such tough rounds of auditions alongside some superb singers', Dunachie said. 'I have been listening to the group's recordings and concerts since I was very young, and I have always admired David [Hurley]'s singing, so it's surreal now to be joining them. When I was about 14, I told my English teacher that my dream job would be singing first countertenor in The King's Singers, and so I feel really lucky that the dream has come true!'

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January 21, 2016

Vocalosity show kicks off tour

The exciting new a cappella production Vocalosity has kicked off it's first tour with 30 plus dates in the eastern US. Directed by Deke Sharon and produced by IMG Artists this is a show all a cappella fans should check out.
See the tour dates here.

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January 19, 2016

Rockapella reviewed in the New York Times

New York Times:

What is it about a cappella pop groups that makes their spirit so playful? As Rockapella, an influential ensemble since the early 1990s, performed a sleek set of oldies at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday, the show became the musical equivalent of watching the members of a basketball team happily toss a ball around. Camaraderie and comedy go together; there’s something essentially lighthearted about human voices imitating instruments.

The sound of this group, which achieved fame on the PBS series “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?,” is a nostalgic pastiche of post-doo-wop, post-Motown vocal styles infused with jazz harmonies that doesn’t aspire to mechanical precision. Its show, “Hits Like You Never Heard,” was loose-jointed and audience friendly to the extent that the group coaxed a shy audience member to join it for a performance of “Stand by Me.”

The lineup, which has changed over the years, now includes the high tenor Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter and arranger; the tenors Steven Dorian and Calvin Jones; the vocal percussionist and human beat box Jeff Thacher; and Ryan Chappelle, its bassist and newest member. The concert was so rhythmically animated that in places you could almost swear they were singing along to tracks. The most impressive moments were solo turns by Mr. Thacher and Mr. Chappelle.

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A solid NY Times review is the gold standard and one can run on a great pull quote for years. "An evening of pure entertainment" - NY Times. Bingo!

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January 14, 2016

The Maccabeats and Naturally 7 - Shed a Little Light

Lovely new video from Naturally 7 and the Maccabeats of the James Taylor song "Shed A Little Light" produced in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

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January 8, 2016

"What Does the Fox Say?" group takes on a cappella

Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy group that wrote 2013’s viral song “What Does the Fox Say?” has come out with a new music video that makes gentle fun of a cappella singers. A group of the musicians help a boy who is getting beat up at school scare off bullies by their ability to sing an a cappella song in any musical style.


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