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Archiv für Januar, 2012

Postyr’s Line Groth on Intonation Basics

by Line Groth Riis (Postyr Project)

This is an answer to Christopher who, after reading Tine’s blog, raised a question about which intonation and blend exercises Postyr use.

When it comes to intonation, there are different issues you should be aware of/ take care of:

1) The colours of the vowels should be similar

2) Especially in vocal jazz it’s important to start and end the note at the same time

3) Vibrato/ non-vibrato. The vibrato might make the pitch unclear

4) Posture. Tine already covered this aspect which is also very important in getting the right pitch

5) Being aware of the harmonics. For instance if you’re singing the ninth of the chord you should not be as loud as the root note or the fifth.

And finally it’s also a matter of ear training. And for this I have attached a couple of exercises you might find useful: Intonation Exercises

When it comes to blend there are also different ways of approaching this area:

1) Working on your vocal techniques (which is for sure a topic for a future blog!) in order to be able to sing with the same tone colours and qualities.

2) Training your ears towards listening to your fellow singers and tuning in!
And for this there is a great exercise which I call the ‘shadow game’:

One singer (any singer) is appointed ‘leader’ and the other singers in the group should sing a certain phrase the exact same way as the leader – they copy whatever sound colour, dynamics, phrasing etc. the leader puts into the phrase and try to blend with the leader (= they act like shadows of the leader).
- The singers should take turn being the leader.
- You can agree beforehand, that now the leader should sing with the darkest sound possible, or as softly as possible and so on. Or you can just let the leader sing the phrase the way he or she thinks it should be song – with her/his own expression.
- It is possible and actually fun to try to let the boys shadow a girl lead singer or the other way around….
- You can also let an entire voice group be leaders, so that for instance the entire choir should shadow the sopranos.

I hope this will be useful to the Vocal Blog Readers and I look forward to hearing your comments :-)

All the best,


Line is singer, composer, arranger and vocal coach with Danish electro-vocal group Postyr Project. Hailing from Danish vocal Mecca Aarhus (Aarhus Vocal Music Festival, Vocal Line), this quintet is one of the most innovative and refreshing rising stars on the European scene. And Vocal Blog is very, very happy to have Postyr members Line Groth, Tine Fris and Kristoffer Thorning as regular authors, sharing their know-how and inspiration.

Be sure to stay tuned to Postyr on Facebook and Twitter as well as when my Danish darlings will be “Back on the Blog”.


Happy Birthday to Roger Thomas – A Man on a Mission

by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog founder

Naturally 7 has become the biggest vocal music act of our times. Here’s to the inventor of “Vocal Play”, whose energy, vision and dedication is inspiring countless young musicians. Happy Birthday, Roger Thomas: Keep up the good work!













Roger is a fantastic musician, visionary and also N7′s blogger. Don’t miss his “Round Trips with N’English” blog posts, who always offer a nice mix of musical and behind-the-scenes infotainment.

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International A Cappella Festival List, Vol.1

by Dave Bernstein (Acatribe) and Florian Städtler (Vocal Blog)

Uploaded by blogging buddies Dave Bernstein and Florian Städtler, this list is the result of successful social media crowdsourcing. Thanks for sharing your favourite a cappella events: Joep Hopstaken, Tine Fris, Jeanine Rondas, Michele Manzotti and Casey Gallas.

This list is by no means complete and will be updated on a regular basis. We hope that someday there’ll be one central global source for all these dates and events. Until we got that, stay tuned with Acatribe and Vocal Blog, where regular updates will be made.




Jan 12-14, 2012
London A Cappella Festival (UK)
Hosted by 5-times Grammy winners the Swingle Singers, the festival has quickly become both a top-notch concert and educational event and the meeting point for European and North American a cappella artists and fans.

Jan 13-15, 2012
VocCologne, Köln (GER)
One top act (2011: The Real Group, 2012: maybebop, 2013: ?) and a fantastic workshop programme hosted by Cologne Musikhochschule.

March 17-18, 2012
EverySing! Festival, Ville de Montlouis-sur-Loire (FRA)
France A Cappella exists – thanks to new festivals like EverySing! The 2012 festival will
feature concerts and workshops with Postyr Project (DEN), singer Youn Sun Nah (Korea), Ommm (FRA) and Peder Karlsson (The Real Academy).

April 20-29 April 2012
Festival für Vokalmusik Leipzig (GER)
Hosted by Germany’s most successful classical vocal group Amarcord, Leipzig has brought almost every international super group to Bach’s hometown. The 2012 festival features the hosts in the opening concert, English rising stars VOCES8 and many more shows from pop to jazz, from classical to world music.

May 3-5, 2012
A Cappella Festival Appenzell (SWI)
One of smaller European vocal music festivals, but always worth a trip.

May 5-13, 2012
A Cappella Woche Hannover (GER)
A week of pro concert groups shows. 2012 will feature headliner The Real Group, who will also be coaching ensembles during their stay.

March-May 2012
Stimmakrobaten Festival (GER)

Concert series with 10-15 pro and semi-pro vocal groups in the beautiful surroundings of the Sauerland mountains

June 7-10, 2012
Chorfest in Frankfurt (GER)
Choir meeting including concerts and workshops.

June 16-17, 2012
Solevoci A-Cappella International Contest (ITA)
Italy’s most successful vocal music event with both competition and international festival.

July 23-26, 2012
vokal total, 13th International A Cappella Competition, Graz (AUT)
Europe’s most prestigious a cappella competition; opening day with „Emperor of the Mic“ beatbox competition.

August 4-11, 2012
Vocal Pop & Jazz Days, Oberhausen (GER)

August 16-19, 2012
The Real Vocal Festival, Stockholm (SWE)
This festival, in Sweden will feature such European powerhouses as The Real Group, Rajaton, Postyr Project, the Swingle Singers, and Jake Moulton, among others. With a lineup like that, there is simply no reason (other than perhaps expense) not to go.

August 23-27, 2012
Ohrid Choir Festival (Macedonia)

September 13-16, 2012
Acappellica, Hamburg (GER)
First season for the new Hamburg a cappella event. Good luck!

October 2012
Fool Moon International A Cappella Festival (HUN)
Hosted by Hungarian No. 1 vocal group Fool Moon.

October 2012
Zoom+ Festival, Trnva (Slowakia)

October 9 – November 9, 2012
Voice Mania,  Vienna (AUT)
Austria’s leading festival of vocal music: One month packed with amateur, semi-pro and pro shows in a beautiful city.

October 12 -  December 8, 2012
Vokal Total / Spectaculum Mundi, München (GER)
If you are counting the number of gigs, Munich’s Total Vokal might be the biggest a cappella festival in the world. With small and medium locations (there are exceptions, e.g. maybebop will perform in the prestigious „Prinzregententheate“ this Yard), this
festival doesn’t present the top 10 international groups, but still has an amazing list
of extraordinary a cappella acts, who sang in Oktoberfest City.

October 17-21, 2012
Festival Espoochor, Espoo (FIN)
Hosted by Finnish vocal group Club for Five (artistic directors), this event is in its tenth season and will attract international choirs and vocal ensembles.

October 30 – November 4, 2012
Polyfollia Festival and Competition, Saint-Lo (FRA)
Choir festival, mostly classical and: Huge!

No future events/dates announced yet:, Dortmund (GER)

Vocal Jazz Summit, Mainz (GER)

Vokalarm, Trondheim (NOR)



Jan 27-29, 2012 (SOON!)
Los Angeles A Cappella Festival (LAAF)
The Professional Showcase featuring Duwende, Pentatonix, and Hookslide alone is reason to attend this festival. As the CASA festivals now typically feature, there is also a scholastic competition which this year will feature U of Oregon’s On the Rocks, the UCLA Scattertones, Cal Poly Take it SLO, UCLA Bruin Harmony, UCLA Random Voices, and Calabasas High School Unstrumental. Also becoming more standard for the CASA festivals, there will be a collaborative recording, workshops with arranging wizard Tom Anderson, and a recording workshop with Diovoce’s Dave Sperandio. A noteworthy workshop is “Crafting Your Sound World,” which is taught by none other than Christopher Harrison from Sonos. Looks like some tickets are still available.

Feb 10-11, 2012
Amplify A Cappella Festival, Providence, RI
A festival sponsored and produced by Liquid 5th Productions? Gonna be good. At this recently-announced festival, taking place in Providence, Rhode Island, the Professional Showcase will feature Transit and Duwende. The website says the goal of the festival is to raise funds to “inject resources back into the a cappella community,” including the creation of an A Cappella Licensing Fund which will help groups pay for the licensing necessary to make their performances legal. Sounds like a great goal, and there will be workshops with many of the folks from Duwende, Transit, and Liquid 5th as well as the omnipresent Jonathan Minkoff. Tickets are still available.

Feb 10-11, 2012
NE-Voices High School A Cappella Festival, Wilmington, MA
The same weekend as Amplify A Cappella, and only a state away (Massachusetts), the relevant headlining groups at this festival include Redline (hosting the Friday night competition), Firedrill!, and Pitch Slapped. Originally designed for high school groups, the organizers have opened up many of the events to collegiate groups as well.

March, 23-25, 2012
Sing Strong, Reston, VA
This year’s festival, in Reston, Virginia, will donate 100% of the proceeds to charity including the Alzheimer’s Association and local choral programs. The schedule has not yet been announced (I will update when it has), but last year’s headliners included Street Corner Symphony, The Bobs, The Essentials, The Glue, West Side 5, and Blue Jupiter, so you know they aim for top talent. More as the information is released….

April 13-15, 2012
Boston Sings A Cappella (BOSS)
This festival is essentially a collaboration of past festivals East Coast A Cappella Summit and Social Media in A Cappella (SMACC). Despite the Professional Showcase headliners Cadence, Traces, and Redline, the biggest news about this festival is that it will feature the first ever Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA) live awards ceremony, hosted by Ball in the House, going so far as to have a red carpet! Should be fun and exciting. In other big news for me- I will be attending this festival.

April 13-15, 2012
Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (CAN)
2012 line-up features The Swingle Singers, The New York Voices and The Nylons.

July 2012
VoCALnation, Washington D.C.
No information has been released yet, but I would suspect the festival will be hosted by Euphonism (or maybe Vox Pop). This is a festival geared primarily towards helping Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL) groups get started or get better, but is open to anyone. I attended last year’s festival in New York City, and will never be the same. As soon as more information is available, I will post it here.

November 2012
SoJam A Cappella Festival, Durham, NC

Feb-May 2012
Harmony Sweepstakes Festival
Terrific and often-overlooked, this annual competition begins in February and runs through April with 8 regional competitions (New York, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Virginia, Olympia Washington, and San Francisco) and then a final competition in California on May 12, 2012 in San Rafael, California. Past winners or finalists have included some groups you may have heard of, including Groove For Thought, m-pact, Toxic Audio, Naturally 7, The Idea of North, The Coats, North Shore, and Overboard (to name a few). So, while these are strictly competitions without workshops or master classes, they should most certainly be on your radar.
Also, don’t forget the various ICCA and ICHSA competitions beginning soon and culminating with the Finals in NYC on April 27-28, 2012.


August 29 – September 01, 2012
Namibia International Vocal Festival, Windhoek (Namibia)
hosted by Vocal Motion Six, feat. Rajaton



Asian festivals will be added in the next update of this list.



March 13-18, 2012
Get Vocal Melbourne A Cappella Festival




May 17-20, 2013
Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF) (DEN)
Probably one of the best vocal music festivals in the world. Hosted by the world’s best „rhythmic choir“ Vocal Line (DEN) and Aarhus Conservatory patron Bobby McFerrin, the third edition of AAVF will certainly be an amazing event, that will bring together a cappella enthusiasts from all continents.

June 5-9, 2013
Tampere Vocal Music Festival (FIN)

And now it’s your turn: If you have something to add, let us know right away to make this list better and better. If you are an event organizer, you’re invited to write a Vocal Blog post of your own and tell our readers what makes your festival unique and why it should be on this list. Looking forward to your links, tipps and recommendations.

Postyr’s Online Concert – A Whole New Live Concept?

courtesy of Kristoffer Fynbo Thorning (Postyr Project), originally posted on on January 19th

I would like to tell you about the LiveMusicStage (LMS) project.
We met the Finnish CEO of LMS: Antti, at last years Popkomm in Berlin by coincidence. Tine and I where browsing around and stumbled over the LMS stand, where we quickly got an insight of the possibilities to do an online concert. There are many different platforms to do live-streaming of concerts on the web, but LMS had a different angle than most I’d seen. First was the quality of the picture which was beautifully and then there was the professional TV-studio and the team that was filming the concerts. It looked really nice and the whole idea, that it was recorded without an audience and everything was live-streamed, really appealed to the tech-nerd inside of me.

There was some well integrated interaction possibilities for the viewer as well. At first I thought it was a little taggy with the small silhouette waving and clapping in the bottom of the screen and I was scared that the running facebook chat would become really annoying, but after I tried one of the concerts, I could see that it was these small things that made you feel as a small part of the setting and concert environment.You could compare it to an ordinary concert where each individual audience don’t have the possibility to interact directly with the performer, but as a group, the audience can really affect the concert, and be a big part of the atmosphere at the venue.
The same goes for LMS where you can enable the full screen mode and only see the performers or use the little avatar to show three different gestures It doesn’t feel like a real live concert and it doesn’t feel like a live-stream. It’s something in between, a new concert format that you can play around with and that really excites me. A new concert concept where we can test ourselves and our music in a new frame and with a new kind of audience.

After the meeting with Antti from LMS at Popkomm, I knew that we should do such a concert with Postyr Project and I started to figure out a way to bring the concept to Denmark. So far, all the LMS concerts has been filmed in Finland and I needed to find a way to keep our costs down and still be able to do the concert witcompetitionh the professional setup. Well, first of all we needed a camera team that could produce this kind of event and I got in contact with the Danish production center TV-Basic. It’s a small school for TV in our hometown Århus and they immediately jumped onboard the project. We looked at several venues for the two concerts and decided to ask Hummel Fashion that had just opened their new headquarters at the harbour of Århus. After getting in contact with CEO Søren Schriver and the owner Christian Stadil we agreed on using their “showroom” with a beautiful view of the harbour, to shoot the two concert at. They also encourage us to make the concerts free of charge and thereby increasing the publicity value and reaching out to a wider audience.

So together with Tine I gathered small video grettings from around the world and Andreas put them together into a small presentation video. I made a digital poster/flyer to pass around and hopefully we will have a videoblog from Antti from LMS who will tell something about the technology behind Live Music Stage.

So here we are, 10 days to the concerts and things are starting to fall into place. We have to bring the Finnish Antti from LiveMusicStage to Århus so he can supervise the concerts and make sure that the hardware and uploading is working properly. We have to work in a different way with our sound, since there will be no actual front speakers and the whole sound mix should be fitted for computer and TV speakers. We need to setup the stage, light and scenery so it will reflect our thoughts of a house concert and still make it possible for the cameras to catch the mood and emotions we would like to express. And we need to find a way to make TV-Basics equipment and signal work together with Antti and the LMS hardware.

All this set aside, we are all really excited about these two concerts and naturally a little anxious. What will this new venue feel and look like, can we bring some of the live-feeling to the other side of the screen and will our music and voices carry through the very different sound-setups people will use for seeing the concerts?
There’s only one way to find out: the 29th of January 2012.

If you want to see another live showcase by Postyr on January 24th  at Europe’s leading culture expo, the Kulturbörse Freiburg (A Cappella Special with Musix and Harthmuth und die Hitmaschine), you actually have to go come to Freiburg, the capital of  the Black Forest. (Note: Line and Florian have scheduled a Vocal Jog!!)  Or see Postyr with the Bonner Jazzchor on January 25th in Köln/Cologne, Altes Pfandhaus.

Happy Birthday, Amanda Aldag!

by Florian Städtler & Clare Wheeler

We don’t think this picture needs any comment…


Love, Flo & Wheelie

(Note: Didn’t even ask Clare about including her in this greeting, well, maybe in an acatelepathic way…)


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