Vocal Blog Interview Series “3 questions, 3 answers, 1 song”: Vol.2 Tonalrausch – Real Vocal Jazz
by Florian Städtler
Using the claim “Real Vocal Jazz” to describe your vocal group’s programme shows a certain degree of artistic self-confidence. From the business side of things, it still seems risky to put all one’s eggs in the jazz basket. On the other hand: Who’s really looking for average programmes by average ensembles.
Tonalrausch, a Berlin-Leipzig-Weimar-based vocal group who brought home prizes from the renowned a cappella competitions in Graz and Taiwan are everything but average. There are very few European groups who can offer a programme as original and ambitious as Tonalrausch.
Touring through Germany, they happened to sing in a great place right on Vocal Blog’s homeground, the Waldsee. Situated in Freiburg, Germany, jazz stars like Chet Baker, Wayne Shorter to name only two have played on a small, cosy stage at a real jazz club.
After the show, I had the pleasure to talk to the group and listen to a most beautiful, odd-meter version of the German folk song “Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär’” (If I was a little bird)…sitting right between soprano Alexandra and alto Diana on a red sofa next to the stage.
Watch the video (and my face, while those guys sang…) and be sure to check out their show.
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