In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Are you one of those people who get a kick out of it when someone blows stereotypes all out of the water? Good. So are we. And that’s why we get such a thrill out of our women’s contemporary groups – they challenge the stereotypes and throw them out on their ear, proving you don’t need a Y chromosome to rock the house and deliver a ballad with a punch. Heck, you don’t even need one for a floor-clearing bass line! Contemporary women’s groups are holding their own with the men’s groups out there – if you don’t believe us, take a listen!
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Three exceptional women with an impressive vocal blend and varied musical backgrounds. They specialize in the precision harmonies and infectious rhythms reminiscent of the great girl groups of the 30's, 40's and 50's combining choreography and audience interaction to made an entertaining show for all ages.
Much of our work takes place before the event even starts. Our methods are to actively consult with our clients to ensure that they receive the right entertainment for their event. Once we find the right entertainment we facilitate a series of communications, which begins with a minimum of one face-to-face meeting with the client, the entertainer, and us if possible. Lines of communication in the form of phone calls and emails are always open up till the moment of the event.
The CHICKAdivas found each other in a "cosmic event" in April 2002 - a classified ad wanting female singers to form an a cappella group. Two singers grew to five over the years, to accommodate more dynamic and interesting harmonies. We have performed at fundraisers, community, private, and corporate events in Edmonton and around Alberta, and written and recorded corporate jingles.corporate jingles.
One of our greatest achievements is winning the a cappella competition Northern Harmony 2003 (www.northernharmony.ca). A generous prize donation from MEHCo Inc. enabled us to record our first CD. "CHICK Us Out!", was released in 2004 at Festival Place in Sherwood Park to a sold-out house. There were strong indications that we had finally hit the big time: 1) there were scalpers selling tickets at the door; 2) the sound system blew up - our first true "smoke 'n' light show"; 3) we had men's underwear thrown at us - move over Tom Jones, here come the CHICKS!
The Copley Cats began in 1985 by a group of Mount Holyoke graduates who missed the close harmony singing they had in college as members of the V-8s, the oldest collegiate women's a cappella group in the country. Through auditions, the Copley Cats have expanded to encompass many women of different backgrounds and experiences. The current Copley Cats include professionals, graduate students, and stay-at-home moms.
Copper Wimmin are three obstreperous young women who set audiences on fire with their brilliant lyrics, haunting voices and fierce harmonies. They create a sacred hurricane of sound which leaves their audiences spellbound and often, in tears. Creating a buzz wherever they go, these vocal amazons have been singing together since they were twelve years old. They have evolved a sound so moving, so pure, that upon hearing them many recall a collective memory in which women sang together in caves and cathedrals before time began.
Copper Wimmin are a sonic epiphany. They weave their voices together so expertly that it is hard to know where one voice ends and the other begins. The combined impact of the arrangements, lyrical content and outrageous stage presence is that of a sublime sledgehammer effortlessly crashing through the door that separates the soulless from the sacred. Also appearing on the Bay Area Regionals stage in 1999, they were also finalists in the Lilith Fair talent search.
Fleur de Lisa is based in Durham, North Carolina. They write and perform original a cappella music, often based on poetry. Individually they bring many disciplines together, including jazz, rock, classical and country. Their diverse musical experiences blend into a versatile style of their own. Individually they bring many disciplines together, including jazz, rock, classical and country. They use all these experiences when they create their unique music. They have performed in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, throughout NC and the Eastern US.
In the world of a cappella music, Harmonytryx (Har-mo-NEE-trix) is a breath of fresh air! Self-managed and independent, these women entertain audiences with an eclectic mix of pop, folk and world music that ranges from sexy and provocative to soulful and spiritual. Their unique combination of tightly-crafted vocal harmonies, powerful solos, funky vocal percussion and lively humor has captivated audiences throughout the NYC metropolitan area and beyond.
Key Of She started in 2001 and a year later won the coveted "Audience Favorite" title and runner-up at the 11th Annual New York Harmony Sweepstakes. Since then, they've been on quite a ride. In May 2002, they opened for Ray Charles at the 1400-seat Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. In December 2004, they appeared on the nationally-syndicated Jane Pauley Show. In between, Key of She has performed at Philadelphia's Annual Paradigm Award Luncheon, the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Women's Initiative, Philadelphia's Heart Ball Patrons Party, Phoenixville PA's A Cappella Jam, New Hope, PA's Bastille Day Celebration, Philadelphia's Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner, Montgomery Township's Cultural Arts Center. and annual fundraisers for Princeton Friends School and The Princeton Girlchoir. On New Year's Eves 2002, 2003 and 2004, Key of She took center stage at Newtown, PA's annual First Night.
Founded in 2001, The MetropoliTones is a New York City based a cappella group composed of graduates from the Seven Sisters colleges. When not working our day jobs (running conferences, crunching numbers on Wall Street or digging for fossils), we can be found adding musical pizazz to corporate, private and sporting events in the tri- state area. The MetropoliTones have performed at Cipriani, The New York Athletic Club, The Bitter End, The Pierre Hotel, Ronald McDonald House, The Bronx Zoo, Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Madison Square Garden, Prudential Center and Giants Stadium.
Moira Smiley & VOCO is a visionary blend of voices - redefining harmony singing with the power & physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Bela Bartok and the delicious, vaudevillian accompaniment of cello, banjo, accordion and body percussion. Moira Smiley leads an ensemble of extraordinary musicians who share a passion for spreading powerful, emotional music with lush four-part vocal harmony, cello, accordion and banjo. Original improvisation-built songs steeped in Appalachia and Eastern Europe.
Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, VOCO is the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet. Recently featured in Dirty Linen and on more than 100 radio stations nationwide on NPR's "Harmonia", VOCO has released two critically acclaimed CDs in '08-'09: "Small Worlds" and "Circle, Square, Diamond & Flag". VOCO is sweet, hard-driving Americana mixed with crooked eastern European dance and dissonance. It's all rounded out with body-stompin' percussive movement and joyous, magnificent, hair-raising harmonies - music that mourns and dances at the same time.
The Sirens are one of New York City's premiere female a cappella groups, dedicated to musical excellence and quality performance. A group of fabulous and talented women, they strive to break new music ground by choosing songs that have never been attempted by others in the cappella world in order to challenge themselves and surprise the audience. They balance fresh and innovative songs with numerous well-known and recognizable favorites. The result is a diverse repertoire including contemporary, pop, jazz, rock classics and oldies, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
Founded in 1996, Solstice is a female vocal ensemble specializing in music written by women or for women's voices. Our music spans many different genres with an emphasis on world, classical, pop, and jazz. We are also committed to performing new works for women's voices and regularly compose, commission, and arrange new songs.
Solstice has performed in many Bay Area venues including Freight and Salvage, La Pena, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Music on the Hill, the Berkeley Arts Center, Trinity Chamber Music series, and Villa Montalvo. Solstice has also performed on KALW's Folk Music and Beyond On-Air Folk Festival. Solstice was a featured performer at the 2001 West Coast A Cappella Summit along with nationally known groups such as the Bobs and M-pact. At the 2007 San Francisco Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, Solstice was awarded 1st Place and Becca Burrington's arrangement of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" won Best Original Arrangement. Solstice ranked 3rd at the 2007 Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition.
Stella is an a cappella group of seven women from North Carolina. About their free-ranging tastes, Stella member Julie Mooney says, "We have seven very different women with wildly diverse musical passions bringing new song possibilities to the table all the time. The quality of each of our voices is also pretty different. Those two ingredients, plus the flexibility of a cappella as a musical form, keep us compulsively eclectic." Since assembling loosely in 1998 to sing favorite songs among themselves, Stella has moved on to public performances at house concerts and such venues as the NC Museum of Art, Festival for the Eno, Artsplosure, Light Up Durham, and the LEAF festival in Black Mountain, NC.
woXang - female a cappella quartet from Innsbruck, Austria. (*2002). wo stands for "women" and Xang is the Austrian dialect word for "singin'". 4 women 4 lives 4 voices 4 styles 1 sound
The ensemble started out interpreting, covering and arranging famous Rock-, Pop-, and Soulmusic with 4 female voices and soon began to each write their own songs, which are as different as the groups 4 individuals. After numerous concerts and gigs, the band decided to go to the studio and produce their first album "ONE". The CD was released in April 2007 and comprises mostly woXang compositions and some of the best cover songs. The second album "1plus" is to be seen as a continuation or expansion of the first album.