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Voice Male comes to Orem stage

They're entirely in sync and from all kinds of back streets, but they're far from your gushy boy band. Voice Male, a nationally-recognized a cappella group of six men, is coming to town and performing at the SCERA Center for the Arts on Oct. 25. The group has a family-focused entertainment theme and incorporates sounds from several music genres, including pop, rock, jazz and country. Each of their performances is also laced with comedy. Read the full article here.

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A Cappella Night showcases Brandeis vocal talents

On Oct. 17 in the Schwartz auditorium, Student Activities hosted A Cappella Night, an evening meant to showcase some of Brandeis' most talented a cappella groups. The four groups that performed that night were Up the Octave, Voices of Soul, Too Cheap for Intruments and VoiceMale. Before the show started, the a cappella groups warmed up while students poured into the nearly full auditorium. "People singing, fun time night" was written on the blackboard, indicating the casual nature of the show. However, the calm yet eager attitude of the students implied that most of the audience had a strong interest in a cappella. Read the full article here.

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Camille is more exciting than eccentric

Camille Dalmais is barking. “Woof, woof,” she barks in English. “Ouah ouah,” she barks in French. A packed crowd erupt into a cacophony of animal sounds, mooing and meowing their way through another Camille song (Cats and Dogs) as clever as it is nonsensical. As, indeed, is much of her oeuvre. The Parisienne popstrel has reinvented a capella with her innovative vocal effects and body percussion and created unconventional tunes with ridiculously catchy melodies. Whether singing about love and pain or tea and home, whether singing in English or French or shrieking, shuddering and panting, Camille is — quite simply — a phenomenon. Read the full article here.

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New Take 6 features host of guest stars

A cappella powerhouse Take 6 marked a new jazz vocal milestone with the Sept. 30, release of The Standard (HUCD 3142). Winners of 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations, the influential sextet—Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, Dr. Cedric Dent, David Thomas, Alvin Chea and Joey Kibble—makes their debut on Heads Up International with a recording of mostly jazz (and some R&B) standards. Included on the CD are “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “A-Tisket, ATasket,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “What’s Going On” and “Windmills of Your Mind.” The Standard showcases a new jazz-influenced approach for the group. “While we sing lyrics that always exemplify our spiritual and moral convictions, what we really are at the core is a jazz vocal group,” said Thomas, a member of the Take 6 lineup since 1985. “So, we decided to do an album of jazz standards, a record that will stand up as the jazz vocal album for all time.” Read the full article here.

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SoCal Update 10/17/08

CONCERTS ________________________________________________________________________ RENAISSANCE Friday October 24 The Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA. Call Collin Artists at 323-467-4702 for more information. ________________________________________________________________________