Vocaldoings II

As always, there is so much going on in the a cappella world, I felt the need for another Vocaldoings post to update you all. If I have omitted anything big, please feel free to comment and if I remember, I’ll add it to the body of the post!

Live A cappella

Sing Strong, the terrific festival put together by Jonathan Minkoff, will be staged in Reston Virginia next weekend. There are a number of top-notch performers, including Pentatonix, so check out the website and see if tickets are still available. (wish I could go!)

Duwende recently completed a series of performances at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.  A few other performers you might have heard of: Bobby McFerrin, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny. No big deal, right?! Congratulations to Duwende.

The House Jacks are currently on tour in the Pacific Northwest. In April, they will be heading out the east coast for a number of gigs, including one at the Bitter End in NYC (as far as I can remember, this is one place they always try to play when they are in NYC). If you have never seen them before, this is your chance- do it.

Human Nature, from Australia, are about to begin touring the U.S., and they just released their U.S. debut album, “The Motown Record.” They are also doing a contest on this tour seeking opening groups for each city. Check out the finalists here.

Get Vocal 2012– The weeklong vocal festival in Australia wraps up today. Hopefully there will be some video clips of the terrific groups from the festival, including The Idea of North, online soon.

A cappella Blog doings

Marc Silverberg, a part-time faculty member at Five Towns College in New York and alumnus of the Westminster Deaftones has started a new blog entitled “The Quest for an A cappella Major.” Some thought-provoking posts, check it out here.

Rob Dietz, over at Human Feedback, has a great new post identifying and explaining what he likes about certain a cappella tracks. Check it out here.

As always, the guys over at The A cappella Blog have a lot going on. They recently posted analysis of their ICCA competition bracket competition and offered Part II of their “Unauthorized History of the Acapocalypse,” an “episodic narrative” tracing the formation of a fictional a cappella group. Also, their Kickstarter campaign met its funding and then some. Congratulations to Mike and Mike.

Deke Sharon continued his insightful and provocative series of blog posts on CASA.org with a new post, “Commerce vs. Creativity.” Be sure to check it out here.

Albums

Euphonism, the terrific CAL group based in Washington, D.C., has released their new album, “Stuck in a Memory.” It is available on iTunes now.

As reader and fellow blogger LovedeAcapella pointed out in the comments section for the last Vocaldoings, Take 6 has a new album coming out called “One.” The album may not be entirely a cappella, but I’m sure it will be worth checking out.

Videos

Peter Hollens has a great new video up covering gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” which you can check out here.

Pentatonix did a nice live cover of Rihanna’s “You Da One” which you can check out here.

Also from the Sing Off Season 3, Urban Method offered up a video of “Me and You” performed live in Colorado, which you can see here.

It’s not brand new, but since my last Vocaldoings post, Italian aca-geniuses Cluster posted a video in which they took an…interesting…. YouTube user singing something vaguely resembling Adele and turned it into something new altogether. Check it out here.

Kickstarter

Justin Glodich, singer, songwriter, member of The Fault Line, and former Potsdam Pointercount (my college group) is also a music teacher in Eldred, NY. The high school group he directs, the Eldred Key Elements, have a project aiming to help them record their first album. Check it out and pledge here.

Harmony Sweepstakes

You can find all of the specific awards and result here, but the bulletpoints are as follows:

New York winners: Audiofeels, from Poland

Los Angeles winners: Down 4 the Count

Pacific Northwest winners: Six Appeal (featured on my AcaVids segment a few weeks ago)

San Francisco (Bay Are) winners: Sing Theory

Mid-Atlantic winners: GQ

ICCA

All of the quarterfinals have completed, and you can check out the results here.

Last night, the UGA Accidentals won their regional semifinal and will be headed to the finals in NYC. Congratulations, guys!

ICHSA

You can check out the latest results on the high school competition here.

What do you think?