What kind of a cappella group is this? ………. Mixed contemporary a cappella. This is a not a choir, though it may grow to be quite large like a choir. It has many instrumental (non-lyrical) parts. You could call it a vocal ensemble, but then it might not convey the kind of groove we want to hit. Its more of a band, a rocked-out big vocal band. And it is more of an original jam band than your typical collegiate a cappella cover group, if you are extremely familiar with scholastic contemporary a cappella and competitions. Considerable time is spent improvising and creating, or modifying pieces for new jams.
What is the size of this group? ……….Our arrangements span from 7 to 14 parts, so this group needs to be big enough to cover parts for performances considering the practical realities of personal schedules. The aim is 20, as we rebuild; though we can perform with less.
What voice parts do we need? ……….We arrange at least for soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, bari, bass, and VPs, with extra lead and backup parts; high sopranos, high tenors and low basses always welcome; we consider all who have strong musical/singing skills. We tend to think instrumentally, as we improvise to cover horns, guitars, keyboards and drums. So if you have a unique tone, we want to hear it. And we encourage each member to handle a lead.
When and where will the rehearsals be? ………. Rehearsals are on Sundays, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in Venice. Alternate time for sectionals is on Monday or Thursday evenings 8-10pm
Some examples of target repertoire? ……….See the Songs page. Click on Songs tab above.
What about original creations? ………. We encourage each member to explore their possible creative contribution, from writing, to arranging or improvisation. Our practices always incorporate an improvisation/jam. In fact, we grow original material from the jams. Our goal is to be defined by our original creations.
What kind of performances are planned?……….We give performances around the local community, in clubs, and some travel. We regularly point for LA AF in late January or early Februrary, and have arranged all cappella nights at local Venice clubs.
What recording is planned?........ We plan to record enough to submit an album of mostly originals for the league category of the CARAs.
Are there other groups like this?………. This group is part of the Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL), and being part of that heps us meet up with, and learn from, other similar groups.
What kind of commitment is required?………. This is not a day gig. We want to have some serious fun with this group, and make a community impact without having to be full-time pros. That said, you get out of something what you put into it. We encourage variety in life, and want to make this one part, but not the only part, of yours. Plan dues of $25 a year, which go to your individual CASA membership. You will be expected to make rehearsals regularly, and listen to and learn your parts ahead of time. We have a member contract outlining this for clarity.
How can I plan for the audition?……… Please prepare a short piece you can sing a cappella to the audition (plan 45 mins for the audition). The audition will also include rhythmic and call-echo exercises, to see how comfortable you are with typical creative learning process. If you have some moves, let's see them; not choreography, but groove and feel physically demonstrated.
More questions? ……….Please call Bart at 310 717 1609.