Hello everyone–KJ and I would like to wish you all very Happy Holidays! Here’s KJ’s version of O Tannenbaum, which was published by Kjos Music a few years ago, and professionally recorded–enjoy!
We’ve been busy with theatre activities, and just taking in a lot of shows recently, as well as getting ready for an upcoming New Year’s Eve gig, which have all been fun.
I received information about a couple of upcoming shows featuring Portland’s Storm Large as well as The King’s Singers that might be of interest to you, so thought I would let you know about it. This note came to us from Jeremy from a NYC club called SubCulture:
I enjoyed talking with you guys on the phone! Thanks for taking the time to hear about SubCulture and our upcoming cabaret shows.
As I mentioned, I wanted to introduce you to SubCulture; a new performing arts space in NoHo (NYC). We’re excited to host two cabaret influenced shows in January that I thought could be of interest to your readers.
On the 29th SubCulture will host Grammy® Award-winning vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers and their homage to The Great American Songbook! Performing favorites by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more, this will be an exciting intimate performance for this acclaimed A Capella ensemble. I’ve attached the press release for additional information.
On January 14th, Storm Large – of Pink Martini fame – will perform a solo gig during APAP, showcasing her incredible skill as an actor, singer, and playwright. Having sold out shows 21 weeks in a row for autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough (which made Oprah’s Book of the Week list), and chops that range from a rocker to a soprano, this will be a show that will entertain every taste.
Tuesday, January 14: An Evening with Storm Large
Described as “sensational” by the New York Times, Storm Large will grace the SubCulture stage with the unique talent and charm that stole the hearts of curious listeners and converted them into dedicated fans. Storm was a finalist on the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova in 2006 and made her debut as a guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in 2011, gaining her national and international exposure. In addition to sold-out concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and performing at Carnegie Hall, she went on to release a musical memoir, Crazy Enough, which was named Oprah’s Book of the Week and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction. On January 14th, witness her creative genius in a live performance in New York.
http://stormlarge.com/ | Tix: $25 in advance and at the door
Wednesday, January 29th: The King’s Singers
The internationally renowned, Grammy® Award-winning A Cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, have not only traveled the world, but they’ve won its heart. Their incredible intonation, vocal blend, perfect articulation, and entertaining persona earned them a place in the world of entertainment and academia. The King’s Singers are bringing back the essence of New York with sophisticated arrangements of The Great American Songbook, including their favorite tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many others for their intimate performance at SubCulture. At the rate that these guys are touring the world, it is best to catch them while you can.
http://www.kingssingers.com/ | Tix: $50 in advance / $60 at the door
The King’s Singers Fall in Love with the Great American Songbook at SubCulture
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely… The King’s Singers perform the Great American Songbook at SubCulture (45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, New York, NY 10012) on January 29th, 2014 at 7pm.
The beloved Grammy® Award-winning a cappella vocal ensemble offers up sunny, sophisticated arrangements of their favorite tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many others at SubCulture. This innovative, intimate venue is the perfect showcase for this incredible program, which is sure to give you “the sudden urge to sing the kind of ditty that invokes spring.”
This new program, derived from their brand new record of the same name (released on Signum Records earlier this fall), is sure to capture the hearts of New York audiences. These tunes bring back the golden days of New York City at its finest, and SubCulture creates an intimate space to hear stunning arrangements of My Funny Valentine, Cry Me A River, and more.
Adored the world over for their superlative musicianship, wide-ranging repertoire and contagious charisma, The King’s Singers plunge heart-and-soul into the vast collection of early-20th-century American songs on their newest recording, Great American Songbook. The British sextet’s deep respect and love for this music is apparent from the opening track, with Jonathan Howard’s walking bass anchoring the Coleman/Leigh classic The Best is Yet to Come, through the viscous, bittersweet change from major to minor on Cole Porter’s wistful Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.
For baritone Christopher Gabbitas, these songs, written during a golden era of American songwriting (mostly for stage and screen), belong in the same category as German lieder or French chansons. “These songs were written by classically-trained composers and they endure because of their exceptional integrity,” says Gabbitas. “The beautifully crafted nature of these songs make them classics already. They have the weight of history and form a journey through the emergence of a nation through its pop culture.”
Considering the depth and breadth of the source material, song selection for this program was no easy task. The final list features 17 well-known tunes, songs that the Singers “utterly loved.” They are heard in stunning new arrangements by the fast rising British jazz composer and bassist Alexander L’Estrange. L’Estrange’s harmonically colorful re-workings of these standards maintain the integrity of the source material while reflecting The King’s Singers hallmark blend and wit. The result is a recording where the ensemble is able to luxuriate in the emotional harmonies ofWhen I Fall in Love as well as bring their distinctly British sense of humor to a daffy rendition of Let’s Misbehave.
The group recruited a pair of a cappella gurus, Bill Hare (The Voice, Street Corner Symphony) and Danny Ozment (NBC’s The Sing Off) to create one of the group’s most ambitious and innovative recordings to date. After bringing the songs up to performance standard together, each piece was then deconstructed and recorded part-by-part, resulting in a sparkling, modern sound that offers a 21st-century counterpoint to The King’s Singers first mannered recordings of other American standards in the 1970s on top-selling albums such as Swing and Out of the Blue. A second bonus disc offers yet another twist on the material with orchestral versions of 8 tracks, recorded with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and featuring orchestrations by Jonathan Rathbone.
The result of these fruitful collaborations is an immensely satisfying and joyful program and recording that makes us feel as if we are rediscovering this truly great music again for the first time. The King’s Singers will be performing these songs live this fall and winter across Europe and the U.S. and tickets are already selling swiftly in anticipation of this major recording that will surely endure as one of The King’s Singers best.
The King’s Singers
David Hurley, countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor
Paul Phoenix, tenor
Christopher Bruerton, baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, baritone
Jonathan Howard, bass
The Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers are one of the world’s most beloved choral ensembles, famous for their top-notch musicianship, impressive diversity of repertoire, innovative arrangements and utterly charming stage presence. They have appeared in top concert halls across the world, as well as major televised events such as the 2008 Winter Olympics and the BBC Proms. No strangers to the recording studio, they have released an impressive 150 albums.
For media inquiries:
Amanda Sweet/Bucklesweet Media 347/564-3371 orAmanda@bucklesweetmedia.com
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