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Vocation

Vocation was formed in 1999 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Though starting only as a small project, the group extended their cooperation and soon found a collaborator in conductor Lone Larsen, who helped them shape their unique sound. The first concert held by Vocation was given in Stockholm before the king of Sweden HM King Carl XVI Gustav and HM Queen Silvia, along with an audience of specially invited guests.
The name Vocation was adopted in connection with the celebration of the Swedish Music Guild SKAP’s (Swedish Composers of Popular Music) 75th anniversary, in November 2001.

Vocation is not only an a cappella group, but also a group accompanied by either a quartet or a big band. Reviews, given in Swedish newspapers during a tour in Sweden, closely linked Vocation to The Real Group, Take 6, Gals and Pals, as well as to Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. Although the group has performed for Swedish radio as well as Swedish television, Vocation’s main arenas vary from private parties and jazz clubs, to churches and various concert halls. Vocation was given the “Choice of the Audience Award” at the International Vocal Group Festival in Tilburg, Holland in 2002.

Vocation is today a well-known act in Swedish Jazz. The group has performed on stages along with musicians as Martin Stenmarck and La Gaylia Frazier. They have worked with conductor Örjan Fahlström, trumpeter Fredrik Norén, Carl-Axel and Monica Dominique, and many more. Even though it is a tough business and their career has but started the future of Vocation looks bright, mainly because the singers see the work of the group not only as their occupation but also as their Vocation.

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