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The Origins of The Real Group and Modern A Cappella — Interview with Peder Karlsson

An extensive interview with Peder Karlsson about the history of The Real Group and their impact on Modern A Cappella.

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Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

A subjective glance at the Aarhus Vocal Festival, 2013

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Israeli A Cappella

A glance at the growing Israeli a cappella scene.

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The Real Group — Stamning (Eric Ericson)

The legendary Swedish choir director Eric Ericson died this week at the age of 94. In 2002, The Real Group recorded with him their only album of traditional choral music. It is perfect music, worthy of being heard where Eric is now. Here’s a video clip of Eric conducting The Real Group. Here’s the album […]

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Omri Mor’s AndalouJazz

If you’re in Israel on October 29, it’s a great opportunity to catch the fabulously talented young pianist Omri Mor with his AndalouJazz trio at the Zappa Tel Aviv jazz club. Not to be missed.

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The New A Cappella

I’ve just returned from the inspiring The Real Group Festival in Stockholm, four days of workshops, lectures, concerts and hugging, a celebration of a music shared passionately by a small but growing number of adherent fanatics worldwide — The New A Cappella. Many of the participants expressed frustration at the difficulty in explaining just what this genre is. Here’s my attempt to provide an overview.

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The Reality of Death and Love

For thirty years, my mother, Claire Mitchel, wrote a widely-read weekly column for the Miami Herald on the life style of senior citizens. She didn’t miss a single week. The week my father died,  she said she didn’t feel like writing. I said I felt I had something to say, so I guested, writing this […]

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Going Up to Jerusalem with Kurt Elling

June 5, 2011 The Fantasy Perhaps a person can be defined by his fantasies. There was a time when my wildest dream would have been Petula Clark asking me to come up to see her etchings. And there was a time when it was Phil Jackson asking me for advice on defensive strategy. And for […]

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