HomeMeet Your CASA Ambassador: Joakim Skog [Europe / Sweden]

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Joakim Skog     

When did you first become involved in a cappella? In what capacity?

I've been singing in choirs since I was 10, going to Adolf Fredriks musikklasser in Stockholm where we had choir on the schedule every day, and did tons of tours and concerts throughout the years. At the turn of the millennium I kind of felt that I had "done it all". I love singing Poulenc and Bach, but I needed to explore a new territory, so me and 7 other friends founded the octet VeryEight, singing Swingle Singers, Take 6 and The Real Group arrangements. Things really took off when we approached Peder Karlsson in the Real Group and asked him to coach us.

Nowdays we're down to 6 singers under the name of reSOUND! We're doing our own arrangements as well as commissioned ones from friends like Andrea Figallo and Hans Cassa. As we are rehearsing in the Real Group’s studio once a week. We also from time to time get great ad hoc advice from those guys (I know- it's a dream scenario!)

When did you first become involved with CASA?

The last 10 years in the a cappella movement has been a tremendous journey! I started a forum and a newsletter at www.acappella.se which currently isn't very active, but still I think I've managed to connect a cappella groups throughout Sweden in a constructive way. I ran an a cappella club at a theater in Stockholm for a few years, which then brought me to be a part of the board for the Real Acappella Festival in Västerås, Sweden in 2008 (again in 2012). Bill Hare recruited me to CASA in 2003 after seeing what I had done with the forum, newsletters and the club.

What locale do you cover as a CASA ambassador?

Europe in general and Sweden in particular.

What role do you play as a CASA ambassador and/or what role would you like to play?

Be the enthusiastic networking connector that brings people together and the best out of them.

What do you do for work and play?

During the daytime I'm a Techonology Pioneer (no joke - that's my title) at Bisnode AB - a digital business information company. I'm a developer from the beginning, but nowadays it's mostly media monitoring, trend analysis and sharing that's on my schedule.

Tell us one thing about yourself people would be surprised to learn

I can send morse code with an old style "straight key" in up to 25 WPM.

Favorite a cappella group?

Do I have to choose one....Ok: m-pact!

Favorite type of music?

I don't listen that much to barbershop to be honest, but other than that I think I cover most styles and genres.

Favorite a cappella concert?

Many classic moments from the first Vocal Jazz Summit in Mainz, but experiencing Vocal Line for the first time was something out of the ordinary. Getting The Real Group, Rajaton and m-pact together for a couple of concerts in Stockholm was also something beyond greatness.

Anything you'd like the CASA readership to know about your area?

Sweden has a very strong choir tradition, but a cappella is really trending. There is something really spectacular going on in Scandinavia right now with groups like Vocado (SE), Riltons Vänner (SE), Fork (FI), PUST (NO) and Cosmos (LV - not really Scandinavia, but close enough) are exploring new territories with their performances, while nesters like The Real Group, Rajaton and baSix are reinventing themselves, sharing wisdom and experience. Exciting times!

NOTE: We're looking for more European ambassadors. Contact tekay@casa.org if you are interested!