The Pulse: The ConChords

A little more than a year ago, the ConChords, originally from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the UK, were on top of the world, having secured a win of the UK ICCA semifinals and the right to compete on the stage at finals in New York. Then the pandemic hit and things came to a bit of a halt, but the group didn’t stop! They recorded and released their rendition of Moanin’, which was in their 2020 set. Rachael sits down with Johnny and Aitzi to talk about how that all went down, where the group is now, and what’s up next!

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The Pulse: Keyframe Voices – Evolution of Disney

Keyframe Voices is the brainchild of Christopher Igoe & Graham Allen, two friends who wanted to view the magic of movies through the lens of a cappella. This prompted the duo to review the massive Disney catalogue and put together medleys of the various ages of the studio. In this episode, Rachael talks with Chris and Graham about their first two medleys – The Golden Age and The Silver Age – which feature gems from movies like Snow White, Fantasia, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp and so many more! They called on friends and singers from all over, the result of which is an amazing collaboration of talent that begs to be heard and seen!

You can watch and listen to the video for The Golden Age at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARGpHyDdZ3Q.

You can watch and listen to the video for The Silver Age at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID0_EToBSIM.

And while we didn’t discuss it in this episode, the video for the third installation, The Renaissance, was just released and can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92-rOJf4lsw.

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The Pulse: Alaska Sound Celebration

Even when daylight hours are short, Alaska Sound Celebration is long on fun, talent, and drive! This chapter of Sweet Adelines International is led by director Peggy Benton. The group has a strong commitment to education and competition, participating in Region 13, and has performed on the regular at the festival associated with the Iditarod since 1991! Rachael spoke with some of the executive board to learn about this fantastic and creative group of ladies and shares their spirit and personality with you in this joyful interview.

Learn more about Alaska Sound Celebration at: https://alaskasoundcelebration.org.

Learn more about Sweet Adelines International at: https://sweetadelines.com.

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The Pulse: 1001 Open Mic Nights

It’s podcastception here at The Pulse! Rachael sat down with George, Rob, and Charley from 1001 Open Mic Nights, a show being produced for Fringe this year, which is ALSO a podcast! We had a great time talking about how the show was conceived, what its current state is, and what plans are for the future, in addition to talking about the podcast. Plus, get a sneak peak at the podcast episode of 1001 Open Mic Nights that features Rachael!

Learn more about the show by listening to the podcast at https://open.spotify.com/show/24oYsAzZTxL4ITu32qdaa7

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The Pulse: Voices Only 2020 – Highline Vocal Jazz

Highline is a vocal jazz quintet comprised of five friendly friends who really like singing. The group was founded in December 2017 and has been creating music videos for original, tight 5-part arrangements ever since. Based in NYC, they perform in the tri-state area and beyond, such as headlining N.E. Voices 2020, opening for DCappella on tour, and setting the stage for Kathie Lee Gifford at the 2019 Nashville Pops Holiday Show. We sit down with the group’s arranger, Jared Graveley, to talk about their rendition of the jazz standard, How High The Moon.

Listen to it at https://open.spotify.com/track/5edHUd37KiVPLm5bTfkU4S?si=xrfGFvk-Q8uVPkOO5JTpKQ.

Learn more about the group at https://www.highlinevocaljazz.com.

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The Pulse: Voices Only 2020 – Docacappella

Mark Silverberg, aka Docacappella, takes a page right out of musical satirist Weird Al Yankovich, with IT Guy, an original tune written, arranged, and sung by Silverberg and featuring Chris Harrison from ARORA. We sit down with Mark to talk about this tune’s selection for Voices Only 2020!

Listen to the song at https://open.spotify.com/track/16oG0mzUIE2skG7TxLiidW?si=gnsasUi9QmibNTR5WqWBkQ.

Learn more about Docacappella at https://www.docacappella.com.

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The Pulse: Voices Only 2020 – Business Casual

Vocal band Business Casual combines elements of pop, jazz, and other genres to produce fresh a cappella versions of vintage chart toppers, today’s top 40 hits, and award-winning original songs. Featuring powerful leads, floor thumping bass, and sizzling beats, audiences can’t believe that this group rocks the room using only their voices! Since 2012 the group has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, USA, where they are based, as well as at festivals and competitions at home and abroad. We sit down with the group to talk about their funky rendition of Faith, originally performed by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, arranged by Jon Smith, and soloed Roshun Alur.

Listen to it at https://open.spotify.com/track/3C66uGS2x9iCb6F0Ts0Jom?si=vGDwCnrUTtugAej6ZarZOw.

Check out the group at https://www.bcvocals.com.

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The Pulse: Voices Only 2020 – Sound Off A Cappella

Sound Off A Cappella is an award-winning, professional a cappella group from Boston, MA. We talk to the group about their selected tune, Never Let Me Go, originally performed by Jess Glynne, arranged by Elliott von Wendt and with the solo by Eileen O’Hara.

Check out the tune yourself at https://open.spotify.com/track/2iEfuJScNLeT6H20fYNHr5?si=FpeLwcT4SumZujeUTKZgvg.

Learn more about the group at http://soundoffacappella.com.

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The Pulse: Aaron Jensen & Countermeasure

Aaron Jensen joins us for The Pulse to talk about Countermeasure’s latest project – one with *gasp* instruments! Countermeasure joined forces with some of the most talented and award-winning instrumentalists to join their sound as a solo “voice” with songs nearly all composed by Jensen. We get to dig into album concept, inspiration, process, and more.

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The Pulse: MVP

Hailing from Brisbane, MVP are a new band that are blurring the lines of pop music and a cappella. Blending vocal harmonies and percussion with loop stations, samplers and effects, every sound made by MVP is produced by the human voice.

The girls have been making a name for themselves in the contemporary a cappella world, winning awards for their arrangements and original music through AUSACA (the Australian A Cappella Awards) in both 2018 & 2019

2019 has been the girls’ busiest year yet – with two singles out in the world, they’ve been spending the year writing and recording for their all original debut EP, which has seen them collaborating with multiple producers from the USA at the top of the a cappella industry.

Learn more about MVP here: https://www.facebook.com/MVPacappella.

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