Accent – en av världens mest spännande vokalgrupper
Accent är sex killar från fem olika länder som tillsammans bildar en av världens just nu mest eftertraktade vokalgrupper. Vi är oerhört glada att kunna presentera dem för Stockholmspubliken för allra första gången. I biografin nedan kan du läsa den smått osannolika berättelsen om hur de träffades.
In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and, before them, The Hi-Lo’s, the six men of ACCENT, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, are taking their love of close-harmony jazz singing – the denser and more intricate the better – as far as it can go.
The improbable meeting of Jean-Baptiste (“JB”) Craipeau (France), Simon Åkesson (Sweden), Danny Fong (Canada), Andrew Kesler (Canada), James Rose (United Kingdom), and Evan Sanders (USA), six self-described “jazz vocal nerds,” could have happened only in the age of social media. After becoming long-distance fans of each other’s multi-tracked videos on YouTube, they joined forces in 2011, collaborating online on songs and videos.
Since then, they have released three albums, performed at the London A Cappella Festival, played dates across Europe, North America and Asia, and were featured in a sold-out Christmas show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Their singular blend and arrangements have been acclaimed by a cappella devotees and fellow musicians alike, including Cedric Dent of TAKE 6 and Clark Burroughs of The Hi-Lo’s.
Their EP In This Together is a milestone for the group: it’s the first time the group has recorded together in the same studio. Far surpassing the usual a cappella group fare of pop covers, the album features six originals, including compositions by James, Simon and JB; a previously unrecorded song by TAKE 6 members Mervyn Warren and Mark Kibble; and contributions by Michael Jackson-collaborator Siedah Garrett and Denmark-based jazz bassist Kristin Korb. As Alan Paul said, “You guys carry on the vocal group legacy.”
4 juni, 2019 19:00
ArrangörEric Ericson International Choral Centre