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Three performances in one show!!
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I am Japanese
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Susan Rastella

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The past few years have been a record growth period for A Cappella Music.  Do you feel that vocal music is here to stay or is it just something trendy?

A Cappella music is now trendy and cool with the help from television reality shows such as "The Sing-Off", musical drama series like "Glee" and motion pictures such as "Pitch Perfect 2."

Add that to some fantastic groups both professional and collegiate and you have a musical genre that is showing signs of being a major category in upcoming years in the music industry. Without hesitation, the band, PENTATONIX  has created a fan base unlike any other a cappella band ever. They rival most artists on YouTube with a current subscribers numbering over 8 million.

"Pentatonix's "Daft Punk" medley takes home best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella -- the group's first win. "We recorded this in a bedroom closet, we filmed it in a kitchen, and now we're Grammy winners," Scott Hoying says on the Premiere Ceremony stage at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. As the a cappella quintet walked away with their trophy, they were heard saying: "Can we have this?"" (http://www.billboard.com/artic....

it was director, Elizabeth Banks who said in an interview with Yahoo, about "Pitch Perfect 2", "We really want to honor that and honor the people who are really doing it out there who we're inspired by when we make the movie," So she did --- by including not only Pentatonix but the Filharmonics, The Cantasticos, The Singboks, and Penn Masala.

Pentatonix can also claim another victory for a cappella music. On December 24, 2014 it was designated with a Platinum Certification by The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was one of only four albums that went Platinum in 2014.

This is just some of the highlights of a cappella music in 2215. Many music enthusiasts, critics, and industry reviews have indicated that listeners are beginning to seek the basic elements of music;and the sounds of an artist singing without editing, modifying or compromising the natural sound is gaining a following.

So, A Cappella Music - here to stay or gone tomorrow?
#Pentatonix   #ACappella  
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My photos of Fermata Town from their show last weekend in Beverly, Massachusetts:
Fermata Town Boston, Massachusetts-based semi-professional mixed a cappella group
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Look like it was a great show.  Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Susan Rastella

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Celebrating that "son of a bass"  's birthday today.  Not only is he a member of the one of the most well known a cappella bands today (Pentatonix) , he is also a founding director to  .  Give him a birthday shout out if you love  a cappella, bass, Pentatonix, or Avi Kaplan.
 
Celebrating that "son of a bass" +Avi Kaplan 's birthday today.  Not only is he a member of the one of the most well known a cappella bands today (Pentatonix) , he is also a founding director to +A Cappella Academy .  Give him a birthday shout out if you love  a cappella, bass, Pentatonix, or Avi Kaplan.
Pentatonix - Avi "Bass Cannon" Kaplan (25 photos)
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Susan Rastella

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Pentatonix - PTX [USA]
Pentatonix - their music and their fans.
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Eric Hollaway

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I hope you enjoy this remnant of the Holiday Season!
Mary Did You Know (Pentatonix Cover)
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Ricky Jabarin

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Attention Washington, D.C area residents!

A new vocal band is currently forming in the DC area and we're looking for:
- 1 bass singer
- 1 tenor who can solo
- 1 or 2 females who can solo
- Preferably ages 21-30 - We plan to sing primarily pop

Email me at ricky.jab@gmail.com if you're interested!
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Robin Pierce

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PHENOMENAL a cappella cover of 'Song of the Lonely Mountain' from The Hobbit 3! Exquisitely crafted artistry of the rustic Dwarven kind,  in multiple tracks of vocal and body percussion. So powerful, listening made me want to head into battle!Support the artist!
:: buy his music   
:: become a Patron at  http://www.patreon.com/peterhollens
:: subscribe free to his YouTube channels  
:: share his videos often with your social networks, friends & family

Intricate a cappella: Peter Hollens typically performs the voice and beatbox parts of a song, recording 60 to as many as 200 tracks, creating works of depth and complexity.
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Peter Hollens  
:: has almost four octaves in his vocal range (bass to soprano)
:: earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
:: co-founded the collegiate a cappella group 'On The Rocks'

Spouses Peter & Evynne Hollens
:: professional vocalists making their full living via their musical talents
:: produce their own music in their home recording studio
:: each have their own YouTube channels to market their music
:: sell their music on Loudr and iTunes

http://youtu.be/RI3fkqA9-IA   
#‎peterhollens‬  ‪#‎acappella‬ ‪#hobbit   #LOTR  
#HollensFamily   #songofthelonelymountain
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Robin Pierce

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#‎REMIXME‬ original song, a cappella of course, by Peter Hollens!! 

http://youtu.be/8kVk-zrVnpw
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It's Monday... What better to do than get purchase a beatbox lesson with me? Maybe get Tizmoret's newest EP, Where We Begin, while you're at it? You could even get a t-shirt or lifetime tickets to Tizmoret concerts! You can also purchase tickets for our show on December 11! (http://tizmoret.ticketleap.com/tizmoret-winter-concert/) The choice is yours, and yours alone. The only catch; first come, first serve. Pledge today and get your prize before we run out! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, fun facts, or death threats, please let me know! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/963124492/tizmorets-1st-ever-ep
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Robin Pierce

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BARBERSHOP: A CAPPELLA'S MARTIAL ART
by Deke Sharon on 03/22/2013
http://www.casa.org/content/acamartialart

"You're young, you're scrappy. You want to be the best. You started singing in school, like everyone: choir, maybe a couple musicals. Karaoke with some friends, talent shows. Then some collegiate a cappella.
But you don't want to just be fine. That's not enough. You want to be great. You want technique, you want moves. You need to learn karate... except contemporary a cappella doesn't have a traditional refined martial art... does it?

It does. It's called Barbershop. And you're about to get the best schooling a young'un can, including:

BLEND: There's no blend like a barbershop blend. They don't just match their vowels, they align their diphthongs as they sweep from one vowel to the next. 4 guys (meaning men or women) sounding like one guy. Why does blend matter? Because each vowel has a very specific "fingerprint" - frequencies in the harmonic series - and when the vowels are perfectly aligned, it helps lock down...

TUNING: You think four voices can only create four notes? Guess again. When you lock your voices into perfect tune with the same vowels you can not only create additional notes above yours, you can even create the perception of a bass note below the human vocal range. That's right, that's the vocal equivalent of some kind of dark arts ninja magic. But it works, and it happens every day, along with...

DYNAMICS: Pop music on the radio has had the life squashed out of it. Learn how to sing quieter than you thought you could, and make a group sound that's louder than you have, without microphones. Did I mention that a perfectly aligned chord also reinforces itself, creating a boost in volume? More ninja skills. But we're not done yet, because you'll learn...
RUBATO: In a pop song, the tempo rarely varies. In a Barbershop performance you'll be pushing and pulling time, not unlike an orchestra. But there's no conductor. You learn to feel the rhythm rise and fall, you learn to breathe as a unit as you perfect your...

PHRASING: When everyone's singing the lyrics, everyone's singing and augmenting the melody as a unit. Like a finely tuned dance troupe, each person's movements are linked to everyone else's, in perfect synchronicity. This requires precision, so you'll learn how to...

REHEARSE: Barbershop is built on the finest traditions and techniques of classical choral music, so you know you're learning proper vocal technique and centuries of good habits, which will lead to...

PERFORMANCE: There's no hiding in the back row in Barbershop, and no auto-pilot. Songs are short, and every measure is a litany of rhythmic changes, rapidly aligning chords, juxtaposed dynamics... all delivered with a larger-than-life performing style that will push you to be present in every moment. But it's not all about performance, it's all about...

COMMUNITY: When you sing Barbershop, you're always only 3 guys away from a song, because there's a common repertoire and a perpetual desire to sing. Everyone's on the same team playing the same game, and you always win.

You might think Barbershop is only old guys singing old songs, but you're wrong. Sometimes the songs are new, sometimes the guys are young, but you know what? There's a lot to be learned from your elders, and if a song has lasted a century, it's still around for a good reason.
I'm not saying you have to learn Barbershop to be a great a cappella singer... but I am promising you if you do sing Barbershop, you'll be better than if you don't.
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Deke Sharon founded CASA (and other stuff), makes TV shows ("The Sing-Off"), movies ("Pitch Perfect"), sings (The House Jacks), produces albums (Straight No Chaser, Street Corner Symphony, Committed, Nota, Bubs), wrote a book (A Cappella Arranging), publishes sheet music (Hal Leonard),and custom arranges music (over 2,000 songs). You can find him at www.dekesharon.com
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Robin Pierce

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University of Oregon Aca-College workshop teaches young would-be a cappella singers how it’s done   JUNE 15, 2015

"The growing interest in a cappella singing among middle school and high school students — pushed along by such popular entertainment as the “Pitch Perfect” movies and “Glee” TV show — swept through the University of Oregon campus on Sunday.

Eleven students in grades 6-12 participated in an inaugural “Aca-College” workshop at the UO School of Music and Dance. Members of the university’s three a cappella groups — Divisi (women), On the Rocks (men) and Mind the Gap (coed) — taught the basics of a cappella, provided information about college-level singing, practiced group and individual songs, and, at the end of the day, included the students in part of Mind the Gap and Divisi’s performance.

Elizabeth Wisely, 13, a soon-to-be eighth-grader at Cal Young Middle School in Eugene, said one of her favorite parts of the all-day workshop was playing a game called “Circle Jam.”

The game requires participants to stand in a circle, where they are either given a verse to sing or an instrument sound to make with their mouths. One person starts with their verse or sound, and everyone else in the circle follows in order. By the end, everyone in the circle is a participant in the song.

“The energy of everybody was there, and that was fun,” Wisely said.
Madison Kettwig and Ayantu Megerssa, both 20-year-old former members of Divisi, have been planning the Aca-College event for the past month. Organizers publicized the workshop with emails to 80 schools and visits to 10 throughout the state, Kettwig said. The long-range plan is to make the workshop an annual event.

Kettwig said the $60 fee students paid to attend Sunday’s workshop will fund some of the costs of creating Divisi’s newest album, “Shots Fired,” which was released May 30.

“Pitch Perfect 2,” the latest movie to celebrate college-level a cappella competition, is based on a 2008 book written by Mickey Rapkin under the same name. In the book, Rapkin chronicles his experiences following three college a cappella groups during the 2006-07 school year.

One of the groups featured in his book: Divisi.

Both the college and younger singers acknowledged that movies and television shows have brought the a cappella genre into the national spotlight.

“It makes people want to be involved because it’s something they’ve seen on TV,” Mind the Gap singer Macy Hyland said.
But some a cappella singers said some parts of the movie — especially the cut-throat nature of the competitions — are not realistic.

“The movie was extremely disappointing,” Kettwig said. “It’s hard to watch something like that. Hollywood had its way in that respect.”
Much of what the younger students, many of whom had never been introduced to a cappella firsthand, learned Sunday was likely different than what they had previously seen on the screen.

“It’s a fun way to take them from what they’ve seen through Hollywood to showing them how it really is,” Kettwig said. Mikayla Hanson, 17, a soon-to-be-senior who sings in the choir at Beaverton High School, drove almost two hours Sunday morning to attend the workshop. One of the most important things she said she learned was how to “blend the sound” of everyone in the group.

Mikayla said she hopes to start an a cappella group at her high school next school year and is considering attending the UO and auditioning to be a member of Mind the Gap.

Lessons from the workshop are “definitely something I want to take home to my school,” Mikayla said. “I want to give it the opportunity to grow in high school.”

While a cappella singing groups have become almost common on college campuses, Megerssa said she hopes high school groups will begin to enjoy the same popularity.

“I think it’s just going to take initiative,” Megerssa said. “Kids and teachers in high school need to take it upon themselves to start these programs.”

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33196001-75/young-would-be-a-cappella-singers-learn-how-its-done-at-university-of-oregon-aca-college-workshop.html.csp
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Love singing with them really!
 
Academix are friends right?
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Susan Rastella

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Is today the day Pentatonix breaks a new record of 8,000,000 subscribers?
As of April 27, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m. AZT they needed only 2,020 more.
Get ready to celebrate.
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Academix a cappella - love these guys!
Academix a cappella
Video Killed the Radio Star
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For those in Surrey, UK... a cappella newbies Academix will be playing at St Saviour's Church, Brookwood, nr. Woking on Saturday 7th March 7:30... tickets £10 on the door... 
contemporary a cappella
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How to make a flight delay a joy.
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Friends of mine from Maine.  Awesome to see them get this exposure!
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Robin Pierce

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Deke Sharon is involved with this! VOCALOSITY presents “A (Brief) History of A Cappella … Beatles Style!” exploring the evolution of a cappella music from Gregorian chant c. 1000 all the way to contemporary styles used today. This track is just a taste of the upcoming national tour VOCALOSITY, the aca-perfect musical experience from the creative mind of Deke Sharon ("Pitch Perfect," "The Sing-Off"), launching fall 2015.
http://youtu.be/TBTUwVnn_uU
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