What do you mean by calling it a big vocal band? ………. Well, it is a cappella, but it is not a choir, though it may grow to be quite large like a choir. It will have 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, rather than a vocal big band.
What is the size of this group? ……….Our arrangements span from 4 to 14 parts, so this group will need to be a bit bigger than that to cover parts for performances. The aim is 20, though our current number is 8.
What voice parts do we need? ……….We are currently looking for all parts including VPs; we will consider all who have strong musical/singing skills. We tend to think instrumentally, so we need parts to cover horns, guitars, keyboards and drums. And we'd like to share responsibility for learning lyrics, and encourage each member to do a lead.
When and where will the rehearsals be? ………. rehearsals are on Sundays, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Venice. Alternate time for sectionals is on Thursday evenings 8-10pm
Some examples of target repertoire? ……….will include: Tower of Power, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Neville Bros., Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sly and the Family Stone, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Ohio Players, Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, etc.
What about original creations? ………. yes, we encourage each member to explore their possible creative contribution, from writing, to arranging or improvisation. In fact, we plan to grow a lot of original material from 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), a program within the framework of CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America; www.casa.org )
What kind of commitment is required?………. well, 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).
More questions? ……….then please call Bart at 310 717 1609.