I am, for those in the know, talking about the state of a cappella in Japan. Yes, it currently serves as the home of many high school, university and even a few groups that have made it in the professional sphere (RAG FAIR, TRY-TONE, SmellMan, etc), but I'm still reeling from the news that MASA FESTA was canceled yesterday.
Sadly, my group was formed a little too late to truly capitalize on the new A Cappella show on NBC coming up this fall, but I am still eagerly anticipating the AcaGoodness that might come from this show. Wistfully re-reading the audition ad over on "A Cappella News" I came across the line that says in the press release (emphasis mine): "They will compete weekly in front of the show’s panel of professional experts".
The Contemporary A Cappella Society is seeking pdfs of arrangements of original and Public Domain songs for donation to the CASA Arrangement Library! featureimage:
It's rare that an a cappella group gets 90 seconds of air time on a prime time television show, so when they do, it's worth paying attention. Closely. How did Mosaic do? Let's take a look (you can watch the video on the CASA.org home page, or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJULQWITNo&eurl ): 1:17 - song starts - vocal percussion - strong kick snare backbeat - Troy lays an an excellent foundation.
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