HomeStrong talent, family culture define Amalgamates a cappella group

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Founded in 1984 by former Tufts students Joanne Cohen (LA ‘87), Craig Everett (LA ‘89) and David Wiley (LA ‘89), the Tufts Amalgamates were the university's first co-ed a cappella group. Although many a cappella groups on campus are often overshadowed by the Beelzebubs' success and popularity, the Amalgamates have been able to establish themselves as not only a premier a cappella group at Tufts, but also around the country.

When the group was formed, the founders chose the name "Amalgamates," which means, "combine or unite to form one organization or structure," to represent the group's co-ed nature.

Since their founding, the Amalgamates have recorded 12 albums. Their most recent, "Hands Off the Mannequin!" (2011), has been nominated for two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Mixed Collegiate Album and Best Mixed Collegiate Song for "Boy Lilikoi." They are now recording their unnamed 13th studio album, working with Plaid Productions, an a cappella recording studio founded by two Tufts alums, Alexander Green (LA '10), formerly of the Amalgamates, and Alexander Koutzoukis (LA '10) formerly of the Beelzebubs.

The Amalgamates have also traveled around the world to perform, going to places such as Spain, England, France, Jamaica, Germany, Florida and California.

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