The London A Cappella Festival (LACF) kicks off tomorrow (January 24) with a line-up of top vocal talent from around the world.
Curated by The Swingles and Ikon Arts Management, the 2018 LACF programme includes Jazz superstars, Mongolian throat singers and champion beatboxers. Here are just some of the acts peforming.
New York Voices
Widely considered to be one of the world’s finest vocal jazz ensembles, New York Voices celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2018. They’ll mark this milestone at the LACF with a stellar set, mixing toe-tapping pop tunes with vocal arrangements of big band classics and jazz hits. Expect impeccable harmonies, stunning arrangements, elegant musicianship and a few special guests.
This all female group combine powerhouse vocals and innovative arrangements of pop covers to bring a contemporary edge to the a cappella scene. Musae have headlined some of the biggest music festivals in the world, and appeared on the small screen (NBC’S The Sing Off) and big screen (Pitch Perfect 2). The group’s members have also written, engineered and produced chart-topping tracks for artists around the globe.
Tuvan throat singing is so unique that it appears on UNESCO’s curiously named List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It’s an ancient practice whereby a performer produces two, three or even four pitches simultaneously. The result is eerie, atmospheric and fascinating. Huun-Huur-Tu are world leading exponents of Tuvan throat singing. Not only will they perform at LACF, they’ll lead a workshop too.
Come mingle with The Swingles, one of the best close harmony groups in the world. The a cappella festival co-hosts will present Early Versions, a programme which explores the early music that launched the group when it was founded by Ward Swingle in 1963. They’ll pair new interpretations of music by Purcell and Tallis with old favourites from J.S. Bach – along with folk, jazz and original songs from their touring repertoire.
The festival runs 24 – 27 January 2018.
Website: londonacappellafestival.com for more details.