Who Are The 2017 AAVF Vocal Group Competitors?

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The Aarhus Vocal Festival (AAVF) is a celebration of the immense range of expressions, genres, and talent that is found in the international vocal music world. Held every other year, this festival for vocal enthusiasts and performers returns to Aarhus, Denmark, on June 2-5.

There are two categories at this year's event: choral and vocal groups. However, the competition is not strictly a cappella, With no group size limitations and the allowance of instrumental accompaniment, AAVF's two competitions are different than most. The wide range of vocal music styles present at the festival allows  both amateurs and professionals to compete alongside each other.

At AAVF, vocal groups and choirs will again have the opportunity to participate in front of an international jury of vocal music experts, who will decide which group and which choir will get the cash prizes as well as the opportunity to perform for the whole festival audience on the last night of the festival.

First Prize: DKK 20,000 (~ $3,000 US)
Second Prize: DKK 10,000 (~ $1,500 US)
Third Prize: DKK 5,000 (~ $750 US)

Groups in each category will be given the task of arranging a song chosen by the festival. The specific song needs to be arranged and performed as part of the group's 15 minute set.

The 2017 Vocal Group Competitors are:


Chilli Da Mur


Chilli Da Mur is from Styria, Austria, and performs both pop songs and traditional Austrian music. You'll get jazz harmonies, improvised yodeling, and a wide range of emotions within their performance. They started as a vocal trio in 2006, but in 2014 they decided to add an accordionist and a fourth voice. Since then, Chilli Da Mur made it to the finals of the Austrian TV show "Die Große Chance der Chöre" and took part in Vokal.Total, where they received a Gold Diploma. They were also part of this year's BerVokal in Berlin and recently recorded and released their first album.

Skety


Skety is made up of young professional Czech jazz singers and musicians. In July 2014, Skety was awarded the Ward Swingle Award in the jazz category at Vokal.Total in Graz. The group's debut album has received four CARA nominations and one of the tracks was published in the SING12 compilation by CASA. During its last tour in Taiwan, Skety received a second prize Golden Diploma at the World Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taipei. Skety's group members are also the organizers of a brand new event -- the Prague A Cappella Festival.

Stacked


Annalisa Schmad had a vision for a women's vocal group with edgy, original repertoire in 2014. Stacked sings unusual singer-songwriter charts, original charts written by Annalisa, and always has a good time. In the short time that Stacked has been around, it has won nearly every competition it has been involved in. Annalisa, the group's conductor, graduated from RAMA Vocal Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

Blend-in' 4


Blend-in' 4 consists of five professional singers from the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, Netherlands, who all sharing a passion for vocal jazz. Blend-in' 4 mainly sings close harmony music from old style vocal jazz to more modern music.

SoundEscape


Fresh arrangements, broadness of styles, and, most importantly, big sound is what characterizes SoundEscape. As a newcomer with a unique sound, the band won first prizes at the Solala A Cappella Festival and the German A Cappella Contest.

Elephant Claps


Groove, improvisation, and energy are the key words that characterize the "unconventional" sextet Elephant Claps. The group has been making a name for itself in and around Milan since 2015.

In June 2016, Elephant Claps participated in the Solevoci International A Cappella Competition, where it won first place in the pop/gospel category in addition to prizes for Best Project and Best Arrangement. In October 2016, the band took part in TEDx at Teatro dal Verme in Milan.


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