At the Vocal Jazz Summit in Mainz/Germany (October 1-3) we came to know many great musicians, singers and groups. Some of them well-known masters of the vocal genre like The Manhattan Transfer, The Swingle Singers or The Real Group.
In an series of short interviews we want to learn more about the rising stars that we saw and listened to at the Summit, most of us for the first time. It’s fantastic how the European vocal and a cappella scene has evolved: More and more groups are being inspired by those legends mentioned above. Especially the Nordic countries of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland are in the process of developing a contemporary vocal culture of their own.
One of these groups is the Danish vocal quintet Vocaloca (www.vocaloca.dk), who were the first to answer our questions and have a look back at the concerts, coachings and encounters in Mainz.
Who are you and how would you describe your group and your music?
Vocaloca is a young, upcoming Danish a cappella group, consisting of two girls and three guys at the age of 22 to 32. We sing music in a lot of different genres, for example jazz and pop and sometimes also classical.
What were your expectations before coming to Mainz?
We just wanted to have a great time performing and getting inspiration from the other groups and “vocal people”. We also looked forward to meeting a lot of exciting people and making new friends.
What made the Summit special?
Personally, we had our first concert outside Denmark at the Jazz Summit, which was a big experience. The audience was great. It was very special and nice that both young and older famous groups had the chance to meet each other around the festival area, in the backstage area and at the hotel. So many nice people! Also, it was very well planned and carried through. A very professional and well-timed festival. We loved the VIP taxis :-)
Is there anything that you want to tell the vocal community?
Thanks to all for a great festival and a great experience.
The most exciting, funniest, strangest moment…?
There is more than one:
1. The Manhattan Transfer knocking on our door while we were rehearsing before our afternoon concert, telling us that we sounded good
2. We loved that a lot of the groups stayed at the same hotel. The evenings in the small hotel bar, crowded with vocal people from different kinds of groups, all together because of the same interest, that was wonderful.
3. The Real Group performing on Saturday.
4. Our evening concert Saturday and receiving The Blue Note.
Thanks Katrine Martinsen Gottschalck for contributing this to the Vocal Blog.