Vocal Line & Bobby McFerrin – A Day and Night to Remember
by Florian Städtler
I just got up in my Aarhus hotel after one more very short night. If you’re looking for sleep, the Aarhus Vocal Festival is not exactly the right place to go. If you look for vocal brilliance, an exuberant mood of positivity, seemingly endless vocal, a cappella and choral talent and a great bunch of wonderful people, it is THE place to be right now.
I originally hadn’t scheduled a blog post until after I was to come back from Denmark. But after what happened yesterday I just need to make this spontaneous shout-out to the people who made an day and a night happen, that was beyond even the highest expectations.
The public afternoon masterclass with Bobby McFerrin singing and jamming with The New Voxnorth (another amazing vocal group from Denmark, led by Jim Daus Hjernoe) showed “The Voice” as a thoughtful, creative and sensible musician and teacher. Rarely have I seen a 90 minutes event with that level of concentration, focus and involvement from the stage to the last row of a packed auditorium. Everyone knew, we saw the single biggest influence on contemporary vocal music on this planet.
The evening concert was Vocal Line’s night. In my eyes they were the real stars of the concert, with a first set that was a showcase of the current state of affairs in rhythmic choir music. Presenting their album “Beauty in the Breakdown”, Jens Johansen and 40 members of Vocal Line made shivers run down the spines even of those people who thought they’ve seen it all. When you experience the flawless intonation, the supertight blending and a choral groove that is truly unheard of, you get the feeling that you actually ain’t heard nothing yet before Vocal Line.
We saw the future of vocal music. And a Bobby McFerrin who enjoyed what he loves most: People gathering in a room singing together.
So it’s another sunny morning in the beautiful city of Aarhus, and life seems to be perfect. Well, almost. Because one of my personal highlights was planned for this morning 7:30am: The first “Vocal Jog”, a little run with Tobias Hug (The Swingle Singers), Line Groth and Tine Fris (both with the Postyr Project).
I (!) was there :-)
And it was great running alone, with all these beautiful sounds of that day and night to remember in my head.
Have you been there? What did you like best at Aarhus Vocal Festival? And, most important: Do you want to join the Vocal Jog next time? Let the vocal community know and post your comment. There will be lot of footage (pics, videos etc.) on Vocal Blog very soon. (I need breakfast now…;-)
If you’re close to or in Aarhus, don’t miss Basix in concert tonight and come to the European Voices Associations kickoff meeting on Monday, 9th of May, 9am in Musikhuset, Kamermusiksalen.