Dive into the sweet melodies and lush harmonies of traditional Swedish Folk tunes brought to you by the four girls of Kongero.
With their voices moving together in tight harmony or intertwining in a
whirling tempo, Kongero draws traditional Swedish music from out of the
past and into the present. Kongero perform their music with dignity,
warmth and humour.
Kongero was formed in 2005 and has
since then been established as one of Sweden's leading vocal groups,
singing traditional and folk music in enchanting arrangements. The group
consists of Lotta Andersson, Emma Björling, Lovisa Liljeberg and Anna
Wikenius, four skilled singers who together, in a free and extraordinary
way, explore vocal possibilities and pushes the boundaries in both folk
music and vocal music.
Kongero's innovative arrangements and
vocal harmonies provide a unique and exciting sound, which makes folk
music take a natural step from the past into the present.
Watch an example of Swedish Folk'appella:
Experience A Cappella in it's traditional form with the close harmony of The Perfect Gentlemen (well- with the help of a guitar, admittedly).The
Perfect Gentlemen have been entertaining audiences since 1998, from Los
Angeles to London, and just about every place in between, except Asia that is, which is to be righted now with The Perfect Gentlemen's concert on 26th October at the International A Cappella Festival at Fort Canning Park.
Perfect Gentlemen provide the perfect blend of harmony and humor harkening
back to the days of Vaudeville. Preserving America’s great vocal
sounds from a time when music was music, The Perfect Gentlemen recreate
the close harmonies of such legendary groups as The Ink Spots and the
Pied Pipers, while including the era’s great comic songs made famous
by the likes of Louis Jordan and The Hoosier Hotshots.
typical performance by The Perfect Gentlemen includes marvelous melodious
music mingled with masterful mirth, mischief, and merry-making. The group’s
versatility allows for effortless shifts between vocal styles with an
air of ease, whether singing a cappella or accompanied by guitar or ukulele.
Their signature piece, Salute to the 20th Century, is a humorous take
on the de-evolution of music over the last century, illustrated by singing
the same song in the style of Barbershop, Dixieland, Blues, Big Band,
Doo-Wop, Bluegrass, Disco, Techno Punk, and Rap, complete with visuals
that delights audiences of all ages time and time again.
Listen to an example of their musical versatility:
Join A Cappella Manila in a rendition of the great singing tradition of The Philippines!A
Cappella Manila is a member of the umbrella group of the Philippines’
best choruses, the Madz et al family. This umbrella group consists of
choirs conducted by members and alumni of the world renowned Philippine
Their long list of repertoire including Madrigals,
religious, spirituals, international and local folk and pop music
continues to expand while they maintain their schedule of rigid
rehearsals and music training.
In one of their rare visits to Singapore for the International A Cappella Festival, A Cappella Manila will perform a variety of songs ranging from traditionals to modern pop tunes, including a few songs arranged for the group by Earl Lazo, Director of Singapore's VocaBlends.
Take a look at A Cappella Manila performing From A Distance
Be prepared for an intriguing cultural experience with Grupo Vocal Olisipo
Equipped with over 24 years of experience in singing, Grupo Vocal Olisipo
were crowned champions in a copious amount of prestigious music
festivals and premieres such as the International Choir Competition in
Bulgaria, Tampere Choir Festival in Finland, International C.A. Seghizzi
Competition in Italy, to name a few.
Grupo Vocal Olisipo
literally means "Vocal Group of Lisbon"
-- Lisbon being the capital and the largest city of Portugal. The choir
concentrates mainly on parish-inspired a cappella, ancient Rome operatic
music (think Carmina Burana O Fortuna) although they also sing
contemporary tunes however in the different old European languages.
Though their music can be both religious and profane, this
unusual irony has given these Portugese singers the exclusive
opportunity in collaborating with two of the world's most prestigious
ensembles of today: "Hilliard Ensemble" and "The King's Singers".
Out of the chapel, the choir conducts their very own music festivals and singing workshops in the Lisbon area, and across the continent and the Azores.
Have a taste of the 16th and 17th century music with Grupo Vocal Olisipo
! Available exclusively at the International A Cappella Festival 2012 guaranteed to give you goose bumps!
The group will be presenting two concerts focused on 17th century
Portuguese music, a mix of sacred and non-sacred music on the 17th and
sacred music on the 18th, both at Asian Civilisations Museum, Duarte
Lobo's Requiem, take a listen to a part of it at
Love the pop and jazz genres? Well, how about in the style of a cappella?
The Singers are making their debut appearance in Asia right here at the International A Cappella Festival 2012!
Having graduated from Rhythmic Music
Conservatory of Copenhagen, they perform from small gigs to large music
festivals all around Denmark since 1993. They are also very fervent in
the Danish media, vocalizing for commercials, cartoons and singing in
studios and live TV.
Although each of them are blessed with strong lead vocals, they
create a magical blend when they sing as a whole--covering songs from
artists like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Black Eyed
Peas, the group competed in the exclusive Eurovision Song Contest
representing Denmark in 2007 where they succeeded as finalists.
Anticipate a showcase of classic hits of the pop and jazz songs and don't miss out this opportunity to catch the Singers perform live!
Over here to listen to the Singers
rendition of "Where Is The Love" by Black Eyed Peas: http://www.myspace.com/singersdk/music/songs/where-is-the-love-15722176
Sonic Suite is a mixed German vocal band that has reached a wide European audience from their small beginnings. Embodied with their own musical style of pop, soul and R & B, and especially with their passion for singing, they frequent both concerts as well as competition venues in Europe.
Their artistic drive to walk new paths in the musical landscape led them
to receiving prestigious music awards like the “Deutscher Rock &
Pop Preis 2010 (German Rock & Pop Music Awards) or the “Ward Swingle
Award 2011”. For their current Asia tour, they are making their stop in Singapore for The International A Cappella Festival 2012!
is a small video of Sonic Suite in the recording of "Cherish the
Ancient", a song specially recorded for the Asia tour
The group is
defined as natural and authentic, for their personalities and for their
musical flairs. They are making their stop in Singapore as part of their
Asia tour. Integrated with only their voices to create a full complex band sound, Sonic Suite often arouse curiosity amongst the masses about the possibilities of what the vocal instrument has to offer, often leaving the audience dumbfounded in amazement with standing ovations by their performances.
Expect to be impressed by these talented artists as they
showcase their vocal skills on the 10th October right here at The
International A Cappella Festival!
With over a whopping 30 million views on YouTube, Finnish beatboxer Felix Zenger
has collaborated with Kid Koala, Bahamadia and Blue, performing all around the world! Returning to Singapore as part
of the International A Cappella Festival 2012, his musical talent is
that of a wonder in itself.
Specializing in genres such as Electronica and Hip-hop, the Helsinki
local expresses Stevie Wonder as his inspiration and role model and is
also the only person to date having completed the final thesis on
beatboxing. Equipped with a stage presence known to lure audience, Felix Zenger's
gigs are described as apparent yet engaging and entertaining. He is
also noted for his catchy urban rhythms purely produced from his very
mouth and voice box. He'll be performing a series of tracks from his
debut album, "Won't Say A Thing" and of course, freestyle.
If you are an aspiring beatboxer or simply looking for a fresh musical vision, come on down and catch the amazing Felix Zenger at the International A Cappella Festival 2012!
's "Won't Say A Thing":
Finnish beatbox artist Felix Zenger has made a show-stopping entry into the scene during the past
couple of years. Praised by the likes of Pharrell Williams, rubbing shoulders with such talent as Kid
Koala, Bahamadia and Blu, Zenger is also a YouTube hit thanks to his remarkable performance
clips, with the most popular one amassing over 30 million plays. On his debut album "Won't Say A
Thing", Zenger goes way beyond the common conceptions of the beatbox as an art form.
What makes Felix Zenger an artist to keep your eye on is not just his extraordinary skill level, but
his ability to put that talent into good use when aiming for his musical goal. As his debut album
goes to show, what rules here is a fresh musical vision, with instrumental virtuosity added as a
Listening to Zenger's music and seeing him live, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the
man has been immersed in sound from the young age of five. Starting out with the piano, Zenger
later on moved into beatboxing and into the field of urban rhythms. Studies at the Helsinki Pop &
Jazz Conservatory added fresh ideas to the mix for Zenger, who is also the only person to date to
complete his final thesis on beatboxing.
On stage, Zenger performs beatbox in its original form, engaging the audience with his strong
stage presence. On occasion, Zenger also broadens his sound scape by effects and looping,
performing vivid live versions of his album tracks either solo or with guests.
Hot on the heels of his debut album "Won't Say A Thing", Zenger's star is firmly on the rise.
Recently he has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, China, Mexico, El
Salvador, Russia, Singapore, Canada, plus all over Europe and the Nordic countries.
"I'm sorry, but you're one of the best that ever did it."
– Pharrell Williams, N*E*R*D
is making their stop in Singapore for their “Gluebâlisation – Asia”
tour! They are one of the many a cappella groups from around the world
to perform in the International A Cappella Festival '12.
Originating from Basel, Switzerland, The Glue
have toured Europe, North America, Africa performing at over 600 concerts--"The Glue
", also known as the "The Swiss Band without Instruments
is an all-male a cappella band specializing in mostly folk music.
Though they also compose most of their songs and lyrics in all different
genres of music and in 6 different languages. Their music and
performances are described as tribal-like, comical, theatrical and
over 15 years since the start of their band, the mouth acrobats have
clinched prominent awards such as "Best Original Song" in "Harmony
Sweepstakes in New York and the "Kulturpreis Basel-Landschaft". For it’s
world tour 2012, The Glue
formed the term Gluebâlisation
which is a mix of globalization, the name of the band and it’s hometown,
Basel. The use of English and French highlights the still
Eurocentristic perspective of both globalization and the singers' way of
looking at the world.
This will be the Swiss artists' first time in Singapore, so do come down for a unique musical experience and witness The Glue
showcase their amazing vocals!
The Glue: Promo
Catch a preview to the world-class vocal music performed at the International A Cappella Festival at Kinokuniya Main Store. On the first 2 Fridays of the Festival period, The Glue and Felix Zenger (5 October) and Singers (12 October) will turn Kinokuniya book store in Ngee Ann City into a stage to give a 30 minute lunch-time performance at 12.30pm for all interested listeners. Make sure to drop by if you can! Otherwise, you still have the chance to get your ticket to watch all these groups and many more in a full-length concert. You can find all the details on our website www.a-cappella.org.sg/events/festival
Before the festival begins, we present this new weekly update leading up to the Festival to help you know the groups at the better.
So we shall start with The Glue from Switzerland, who will be the festival's opening concert, happening on 5th October, 7.30PM at the Fort Canning Centre Black Box Theatre.
Having performed at over 600 concerts in North America and Europe - and picked up several music awards, competition titles, critical acclaim, and albums along the way - in their 15 years together, Swiss A Cappella group The Glue has come a long way from their humble origins as a 5-man a cappella group (or “boyband”, as they like calling themselves) born of their hometown’s church’s boy’s choir.
Known for their unconventional, zany performances, and their Latin salsa, East European Gypsy music, and African tribal music-influenced styles, The Glue astounds all, no matter the setting; they can be both private and intimate in small theatres, and bombastic and comical on the big stage.
In November 2011 they received Basel-Landschaft canton’s cultural award and finished as the top 5 out of 500 groups for the Swiss finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.
While on their maiden trip to Singapore, The Glue will be presenting a promotional performance at the Esplanade Concourse (Editor's Note: Check out our site for updates regarding this!), as well as making an appearance at the Fringe Showcase on 6th October at the Fort Canning Centre.
Catch their performance of Ring Of Fire on the Festival Playlist on YouTube
If you'd like to catch The Glue in action on 5th October (Friday), 7.30PM at the Fort Canning Centre Black Box Theatre, remember to buy your tickets, going at $40 ($35 for promotional discounts) from the festival page!
||The International A Cappella Festival 2012 is held from 5th to 31st December at the Fort Canning Black Box Theatre and the Asian Civilisation Museum Ngee Ann Auditorium (only for performances by Grupo Vocal Olisipo on 17th -18th October).
General admission tickets are sold at $40, to view other promotions and buy tickets please visit www.a-cappella.org.sg.