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Archiv für November, 2015

Vokal Total Concert Festival 2015

by Juliana Baron, Vocal Blog Asia, November 2015

Vokal Total 2015 in Munich – a series of a cappella concerts

Oops, Vocal Blog “Asia” from Vokal Total in Munich??? Yes, it’s me again, traveling around the globe to visit the biggest A Cappella Festival in Germany: Vokal Total. Don’t confuse it with the International A Cappella Competition in Graz. Munich’s Vokal Total is a 3-months series of a cappella concerts (October to December) bringing the crème de la crème of vocal bands not only from Germany but from various countries to Munich. It is a pity not living close by, but me coming from Shanghai – there is no excuse for anyone in Europe to not visit this amazing festival. Thanks to the variety of different vocal groups, you will for sure find the right concert and it is also thanks to Romy Schmidt who’s hosting the Vokal Total that every year you can see the top groups and high potential newcomer groups performing in one of the 3 event locations Tonhalle, Freiheiz or Spectaculum Mundi.

Asking Romy about her personal favorite and highlight, she doesn’t know where to start and where to end, her eyes sparkling and you can feel her enthusiasm with which all the audience gets infected sooner or later.

Vokal Total 2015 – that’s 26 concerts, 37 vocal bands:

Maybebop - picture taken by Nicole Brothánek (E&P Brothánek)

Maybebop – picture taken by Nicole Brothánek (E&P Brothánek)

The old stagers of contemporary A Cappella in Germany like the Wise Guys, Six Pack or Maybebop, a huge number of local heroes like La Psychotta, aMuSing, VoiceBreak, One World Project, Terzinfarkt, in-Voice, bar nineteen or Wonnebeats.

Internationally well-known choirs like the Brasilian choir Cantares from Munich, the Jazzchor Freiburg or Voices In Time.

International groups like Cadence and Eh440 from Canada, Rock4, The Junction and iNtrmzzo from the Netherlands, Vocal Six from Sweden, Safer Six and zwo3wir from Austria, INVIVAS from Switzerland, FOOL MOON from Hungary.

Many more stars and rising stars of the a cappella horizon: Viva Voce, Delta Q, basta, ONAIR, Füenf, A Cappella hoch 4, malebox, Vocal Recall, Les Brünettes, str8voices, cash-n-go, Suchtpotential, Elevator Pitch.

What’s so special about Vokal Total and how did a cappella evolve in Germany? – Who knows better than Maybebop, the outstanding vocal band from Northern (!) Germany. Maybebop didn’t miss a single Vokal Total.



You shouldn’t wait long though to get your tickets. Most of the concerts get sold out very fast and people will queue in front of the entrance hoping to get one of the few remaining tickets.

The 8 last chances, unless you can wait until Vokal Total 2016:

Fri 27.11.2015 – The Junction (Spectaculum Mundi)

Sat 28.11.2015 – Delta Q (Spectaculum Mundi)

Sun 29.11.2015 – Rock4 (Spectaculum Mundi)

Fri 4.12.2015 – basta (Freiheiz)

Sat 5.12.2015 – ONAIR (Freiheiz)

Sun 6.12.2015 – Füenf (Spectaculum Mundi)

Sat 12.12.2015 – A Cappella hoch 4 (Freiheiz)

Sun 13.12.2015 – Voices In Time (Freiheiz)

Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Vokal Total. Like most of the visitors who want to come back every year, I am already looking forward and very curious who will be the newcomers and top groups participating in 2016. Stay tuned!

Julian Knörzer – Beatbox your choir!

by Florian Städtler, who interviewed German beatboxer and author of “Beatbox your choir!”,  Julian Knörzer for Vocal Blog

Julian Knörzer

Julian Knörzer

Beatboxing and vocal percussion are an essential part in all choirs and vocal groups today. Julian’s book and hybrid DVD not only provides a systematic and practical instruction on how to learn all relevant techniques, it also shows how a vocal percussionist can support his own ensemble. It is designed for both newcomers as well as advanced vocal percussionists. „Beatbox Your Choir“ is well suited for you to systematically learn and improve techniques or to choose your favorite sounds and patterns for your daily practice.

17 recorded Loop Songs of different genres give room for beatbox accompaniment to directly implement the learnt material.

On 123 pages and with the attached hybrid-DVD (with video- and audio segments) a wide learning and practice ground provides:

-          The most important beatbox sounds (numerous video tutorials – each technique is easily displayed and explained)

-          Rhythmic basics and the standard structure of drum patterns

-          Over 77 patterns of different musical genres

-          Over 15 rock fills

-          17 recorded Loop Songs as „Beatbox-Alongs“ written by Bertrand Gröger, Leopold Hoepner, Till Buddecke, Christian Ronsfeld, Julia Pellegrini, Tamino Franz and Julian Knörzer.

-          An additional chapter about ensemble accompaniment and beatboxing

-          Practice tips and practice material

-          An FAQ catalogue with contributions from choral conductors all over Germany.

For all recordings of the Loop Songs I could assemble an ensemble of Stephanie Neigel and Julia Pellegrini (Les Brünettes) as well as Sebastian Hengst and Leopold Hoepner (Delta Q)


Julian, every young person  who decides to become a musician knows this question: „Can you make a living by being a musician?“ You as a beatboxer have made this your profession. How often have you heard this question? And what do you answer your concerned relatives?

People in the audience frequently ask this question. I am very grateful that I am able to work in projects that go very well. It seems that I’ve found the right niche. 10 years ago I would have never thought that I could be a professional beatboxer or vocal percussionist. My relatives have witnessed all highs and lows in a musician’s life. They have seen that it can be very stressful and energy consuming but they also saw that I do make a living as a beatboxer although becoming a teacher would have been the safer one for sure.


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