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B Vocal History

B Vocal

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Based in: Zaragoza, Spain.

The group b vocal has been working for the last fifteen years in a surprising and innovative style: using just their voices, these five Aragonese musicians are able to recreate the soundscape of any musical piece (drums, guitars, brass, rhythm, etc.). With their entertaining shows, they have managed to popularize a cappella as a musical style in Spain through a perfect combination of songs and humour and a repertory of high quality music from both national and international sources.

Over the course of their career, they have often appeared on Spanish television: "The season's nationwide programme presentation gala" (Antena 3 Television), "Gala for the draw of the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) for the ACB (basketball)", El Conciertazo, La 2 News (TVE 2 and International Channel), "This is my story" (TVE 1 and International Channel), "Nighttime with Fuentes & co" (Tele 5), "Channel 4 Christmas Eve Gala" (Channel Cuatro), Programme Presentation Gala (Popular TV), Madrid Live and Madrid News (Telemadrid), Aragon Autonomous TV End of Year Gala, Aragon Decoded (Aragon TV), etc. They have also been interviewed on the major Spanish radio stations while their music has received good reviews from the national and international media. They have appeared weekly on "On days like today" broadcast on RNE, presented by Juan Ramon Lucas.

In 2005, the group celebrated 1000 concerts and their tenth anniversary. In October of the same year, they played in one of the most multitudinous musical shows in their career: in Zaragoza they performed before 100,000 people as the support act for rock legend Bonnie Tyler.

b vocal has played the most important stages in Spain. The group has also performed in some of the most prestigious national festivals, including the Luna Lunera Festival and the Road to Santiago Festival.

In July 2006, b vocal received the Jury Grand Prize and Audience Award at the International Vokal.Total Festival in Graz (Austria), one of the most prestigious international vocal competitions. Thanks to this success, the group was invited to participate in the International Festival for vocal groups in Taiwan, during which b vocal offered several concerts in October 2007. During this same tour, they played various concerts in Japan. Following the success of this first tour of Asia, they returned in 2008 visiting the four largest cities in Taiwan.

On 24 March 2006, the group performed for Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain at the Gala for the presentation of the "King of Spain International Journalism Awards", organized by the EFE Agency and held in Casa de America in Madrid. The national and international press made great mention of their performance.

In 2007, they presented Comicapela! - their new show - with which they toured Theatres and Auditoria throughout the country. This culminated with the show having a month-long run on the stages of the prestigious Fine Arts Theatre in Madrid.

In 2008, they played once more in the Fine Arts Theatre - the show becoming the most seen during the season in Madrid. In the same year, they performed two large-scale concerts at the International Exposition in Zaragoza.

In 2009, they released their latest album Vocalitessen which was performed in a number of Spanish cities before full houses in Theatres and Auditoria. They sold out the Main Theatre in Zaragoza for both of the two days they presented the album in the city.

They regularly perform in non-profit concerts for organisations such as Manos Unidas, Proyecto Hombre, Red Cross, Araela, Disminuidos Fisicos, Spanish Association Against Cancer and so forth.

In March 2010, they received one of the most important international recognitions of their career: Jury and Audience Awards at the prestigious Harmony Sweepstakes Festival in New York. Later, in May, they would go on to win the Audience Award once more and place third in the Jury Award in the same festival in San Francisco. They are the most decorated group in the 2010 edition of a competition considered to be the most important in the world for a cappella music.

In June 2010, they were chosen as Aragon people of the year in Culture, a prize which is given in recognition of the artistic and professional merits of the group's 15 year-long career.

In July 2010, they performed four times in the Spanish Pavilion at the Shanghai Universal Exposition before thousands of people, representing Aragon and the cultural inheritance from Spain revealed in the previous International Exposition in Zaragoza 2008.

In September 2010, they once more toured Asia, giving concerts across 20 days in China, Taiwan and Japan. They performed in auditoria as select as the Shenzhen Concert Hall in Shenzhen (China), the Novel Hall Center in Taipei (Taiwan) and the Hakuyu Hall in Tokyo (Japan). In addition, they gave a concert in Tokyo Cathedral, performing a repertoire of Spanish Renaissance music especially for this occasion.

They have released four albums: Rebisiones (2000), Seis voces... nada mas? (2004), Entre Abades y Juglares (2006) and Vocalitessen (2009), as well as two DVDs: Cinco voces son risas (2006) and Comicapela! (2008). For the first time - and in addition to their impressive cover versions - they included a number of self-penned creations (also performed a cappella) on Vocalitessen.

In addition, they collaborate with or organise artistic presentations to accompany formal public occasions: the inauguration of the Goya Theatre in Barcelona; Inter-American Press Society Institution Dinner in the headquarters of the Government of the Region of Madrid; Eurocities Conference; Presentation Ceremony for the Heritage Foundation Awards; Presentation of the Rojas Theatre of Toledo Awards; Autonomous Region Managing Directors' Institution Dinner, and so forth. Also, for private occasions, they have worked in events for important national and international brand names (Mahou, Citroen, BMW, Antena3, TMB, Samsung, Grupo Zeta, Grupo Prisa, Real Zaragoza, Ciudad Real Handball Team, ACB Basketball League, etc.).

For the group, the pedagogical work that they have undertaken over the years is very important. More than one million children and youngsters from all over Spain have had the chance to enjoy their didactic concerts. These explain the importance of music and of the voice as an instrument essential to mankind. Given their prestige in this area, their didactic show "Once upon a voice... a History" was shown in its entirety in June 2008 on the well known music programme "El conciertazo" on TVE 2 and the International Channel. They also worked with the International Exposition ExpoZaragoza 2008, creating a song for "Fluvi" - the official mascot for the Exposition. This song was a great public success, being performed in all the didactic shows by the group and its musical producer: Conlaboca Producciones Artisticas.

On the back of fifteen years of hits, b vocal has become one of the most versatile and original Spanish music groups - as well as one of the main reference points for a cappella music worldwide.

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Awards
2010 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals 3rd Place Winners
2010 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals Audience Favorites
2010 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals Best Original Song - Devorame otra vez
2010 - New York Harmony Sweepstakes Audience Favorites
2010 - New York Harmony Sweepstakes Champions