The Swingles (rehearsal & performance)
@ the Cadogan Hall
16 November 2015
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For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries
of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s
London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that
has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made
waves in the 1960s. With two new releases in 2015, The Swingles
celebrate that legacy by starting a whole new chapter.
In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of
Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The
resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers
to fame. Since then their repertoire has grown to include a huge
variety of music, as well as new original songs. They have released
more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy® awards and appearing
on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City,
Glee, Grey's Anatomy and Milk. 2015 has seen the release of two
new albums: the sonically audacious “Deep End” and a
Christmas album, “Yule Songs Vol. II.”
The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists
as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth.
Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound
of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting,
and the group continues to perform his groundbreaking Sinfonia around
the world, including recent performances at the Royal Festival Hall
and La Scala.
In addition to a busy touring schedule that regularly takes them
to North and South America, Europe and Asia, The Swingles present
their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January
in partnership with Ikon Arts Management. The festival is the first
of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from
around the world.