“Superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps” (The Guardian). At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles (formerly "The Swingle Singers") are recognized as masters of the craft. They first made waves in the 1960s; since then they have won five Grammy® Awards, appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey’s Anatomy, Downsizing, and Glee. They boast more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs. The Harris Center welcomes their return.
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. 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.
Released in March 2017, The Swingles’ latest project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. With creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group’s unique and rich sound world, the results are powerful and surprising.
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 with his groundbreaking Sinfonia. The group continue to perform the piece to great acclaim around the world, with recent performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Milan’s La Scala; they look forward to bringing it to new audiences for its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.
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