Night ClubSun. 11.12. | 09:00 PM until
A Capella Christmas Concert
Jean-Baptiste Craipeau - tenor 1 (France)
Simon Åkesson - tenor 2 (Sweden)
Danny Fong - tenor 3 (Canada)
Andrew Kesler - tenor 4 (Canada)
James Rose - baritone (United Kingdom)
Evan Sanders - bass (United States of America)
Accent began in 2011 as a one-time Internet collaboration among a cappella vocalists from 5 different countries. These musicians had stumbled upon each other on YouTube through a common love for close harmony vocal groups of the 20th century. Eventually, they decided to produce a collaborative video from their respective homes. Following that ﬁrst project, the group continued to work together, communicating solely through Facebook and e-mail. In 2014, the group was invited to meet and perform live for the very ﬁrst time in Sweden. After a rousing success, the members have continued to perform live and released their debut EP entitled Here We Are in 2015. Accent is truly a success story of the modern age.
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 four 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 was a milestone for the group: it was the first time the group 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.
Christmas All the Way is Accent’s latest recording project. Their first three releases are master works of jazz vocal harmony. On Christmas All the Way, the group worked with some of the top instrumental arrangers in the business including Jorge Calandrelli, Gordon Goodwin and Nan Schwartz. The result is an expanded musical palette in addition to Accent’s usual impeccable a cappella fare. As an ensemble, their lush sound is embellished by their deep and innate musicality. There are no divas in the group. Accent’s work is a collective effort that focuses on their tight arrangements and concerted sonority.
As Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer said, “You guys carry on the vocal group legacy.”
DOORS: 08.00 p.m. / SHOW: 09.00 p.m. / TICKETS: presale € 25,00 plus presale fees / evening sale at the door € 35,00