A cappella

A cappella (wł. w dosłownym tłumaczeniu: jak w kaplicy, w dalszym - w stylu kościelnym) – termin określający styl muzyczny polegający na wykonywaniu przez chór utworów wielogłosowych bez towarzyszenia instrumentów. Ów styl wykształcił się na gruncie muzyki kościelnej XVI wieku, a jego teoretyczne dookreślenie dokonało się na kanwie teorii muzyki w I połowie XVII wieku.

Początkowo termin a cappella odnosił się do wykonawstwa muzyki sakralnej, w obecnie używanym znaczeniu jest to każdy rodzaj kompozycji (i techniki) chóralnej wykonywanej bez towarzyszenia instrumentów. Styl a cappella narodził się w czasach kompozytora Josquin des Prés'a w końcu XV wieku, a popularność osiągnął w wieku XVI, kiedy to kompozytor Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina pisał utwory wykonywane w watykańskiej Kaplicy Sykstyńskiej. W kompozycjach nie zamieszczano żadnych informacji co do akompaniamentu, który miał towarzyszyć śpiewowi, więc późniejsi uczeni założyli, że chór śpiewa bez dźwięku organów, choć istnieją dowody na to, że niektóre partie wokalne dublowane były przez organy. Do wieku XVII śpiew a cappella ustąpił miejsca stylowi kantata, który zakładał partie przeznaczone dla wokalistów, jak i dla instrumentów.

Często spotykany jest błędny zapis terminu - a capella.

                                                                                          Źródło: Wikipedia


Opisy w języku polskim już niebawem - prosimy o cierpliwość i wyrozumiałość :)

Velvet Voices

Founded in 2002,  Velvet Voices is a women a cappella quartett performing a wide range of jazz and popsongs as well as own compositions. At the Ward Swingle Award competition (Graz) Velvet Voices won already twice a gold placement in the category of Jazzmusic. In 2003 Velvet Voices opened Voicemania (Vienna Voice Festival) and since the year 2004 they were singing for Jeunesse. They performed several times at Vokal Total and cellebrated great successes for example at their concert debut in Szeged (Hungary), at the Bregenzer Festspiele and at the  Donauinselfest (Vienna). The concert at the Radiokulturhaus Wien was broadcasted live by ORF and WDR. Portraits of VelvetVoices were featured by Deutschlandradio, WDR 3, Radio Wien, Radio Arabella, BR and Ö1. Velvet Voices performed with Louise Martini in Nylons, Swing und Chesterfield a production of the Wiener Volkstheater and were invited to take part in the TV Shows Licht ins Dunkel and Willkommen Österreich and in several local TV station programms as well.

Real Group

To our way of thinking The Real Group is the current jazz standard by which other groups must be judged. They are that good. Each of the members was admitted to The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm where they met. The five formed the group in 1984. Since the beginning of their professional career they have sold more than 200,000 albums, performed more than 1,000 live shows and worked with great musicians like George Martin, Bobby McFerrin, Barbara Hendricks and Toots Thielemans. Generally they perform a cappella, but they have performed with symphony orchestras, big bands and choirs as well as other well known musicians.
In a way it isn't a surprise, looking backward that these five musicians would be superb in their singing, for they are all immensely talented. Margareta Jalkeus grew up in a musical family and began playing piano and singing at an early age. Since twelve she has played harp with such proficiency that her skills have been utilized by some famous orchestras, when she has time away from solo performance, that is. Katarina Stenstrom has been singing since she was eight years old. She played piano and studied cello for a while but it has been the vocals where her interests lie. She founded a band named Donna Lee which signed a contract with Polygram and has worked as a background vocalist for a number of Swedish artists. Anders Edenroth spent five years at The Royal Academy, planning to be a pianist. He met the group and became a singer instead. Anders Jalkeus was introduced to folk music by his parents and began to play the violin and piano at six years old. By the time he came to the Academy, he could play almost any instrument. At school his studies focused on singing and he graduated as a cantor. His vocal interests have also extended toward several choirs with whom he's worked. Peder Karlsson, who loves books as much as music, plays guitar, piano, and loves the violin. That is a lot of musical background in one group!

Riltons Vanner

Formed in 2000 Riltons Vanner has performed in a variety of different settings - ranging from singing for Nobel Prize winners at a dinner for 60 persons to performing at an outdoor stage in Germany in front of 6000 people. Thanks to their singing they had the opportunity to visit many beautiful places in Sweden, but have also been to more "remote" places as Tammerfors (Finland), Steinkjer (Norway), Bamberg (Germany) and New York (USA). They all live in Stockholm and have of course given a number of concerts in the most beautiful capital city of the world! The story of Riltons Vänner began in the winter 1999-2000, when five friends at Stockholm's Music Gymnasium formed an A Cappella-group. Their first record, "Kompis" ("Buddy"), came in 2002, and the group started to tour more and more frequently. In 2005 their latest album "Här är passion" ("Here is passion") was released, which got an award for "best folk/world album of the year" by the international A Cappella society CASA. Through the years, Riltons Vänner has become one of Sweden's few proffessional vocal groups. They have done around 500 different performances in Sweden, Norway, Germany, USA, Finland & Russia, and they have also cooperated with several well-known Swedish artists.


Quintessence is an Ottawa-based group of six singers who specialise in a cappella performances of a wide variety of repertoire from big-band through to hits of recent years, as well as some original material. The group was originally formed in 1985 under the name of 'The Ottawa Jazz Choral,' and has developed a distinctive style to create melody, accompaniment and even percussion, all from only six voices. Many of the vocal arrangements that they perform are tailor-made to their voices by arrangers from within the group. Their influences include 'Manhattan Transfer,' Take Six,' the Swingle Singers,' 'Les Double Six,' and 'The Real Group.' Their performances include pieces ranging from Glenn Miller to George Gershwin, and from Bach to the Beach Boys. Quintessence has performed at a wide variety of engagements in Ontario and Quebec, as well as in Geneva, Switzerland and Sacramento, California. They have performed with Rosemary Clooney, Carol Welsman, The Canadian Symphonic Pops Orchestra, and the Bel Canto Wind Quintet. Their main aim is to have fun exploring the a cappella vocal medium!

Pieces of 8

Powerful, entertaining and bursting with energy, this contemporary a cappella octet blends familiar sounds to create its own expression of American vocal music. The ensemble's voices -- pairs of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses -- combine in rich harmony to create a seamless blend of sound. Saluting the boundless and unpredictable American spirit, Pieces of 8 combines classical music influences with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, Reggae, doo-wop, gospel and soul to create a multilayered, nearly orchestral texture. Pieces of 8 was founded by Charles Mead, the ensembles artistic director, with support from the Professional Studies Program at the St. Louis Symphony Community Music School (formerly the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts).
Mead started his career in Los Angeles, where, in addition to being active as a composer, arranger and educator, he was the director of the electronic composing and arranging program at the Grove School of Music and a MIDI consultant to several prominent recording/television studios, including Group Four and NBC. All of the music performed by Pieces of 8 is written or arranged for the ensemble by Mead, who considers his main musical influences to be Bach, Bartok, Debussy, James Brown, Tower of Power and the Neville Brothers. The group remains committed to the celebration of music and the musical styles from various ethnic cultures. Each of Mead's compositions and arrangements has a unique flavor and sound, creatively combining melodic, rhythmic and harmonic material from diverse sources. Pieces of 8 tours nationwide, concertizing for adults as well as for children and teenagers.
Its performances have taken the ensemble to universities and performing arts centers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. As an important part of its touring, Pieces of 8 undertakes residency and educational outreach activities tailored to all levels of students, from elementary school through college. Highlights of its American tours have included performances at New York's Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. Pieces of 8 has appeared on Fox Television in New York and nationally on NBC's Today show. Pieces of 8 and MMB Music have published an illustrated children's book with audio tape, The Gingerbread Man, the first in the "HandClaps and FingerSnaps" series, featuring some of the world's best-loved tales as adapted and set to music by Charles Mead. Its newest CD recording, "Hook, Line & Sinker," celebrates Pieces of 8's eclectic, sophisticated style with music ranging from Gershwin, Loesser, Weill, Lennon and McCartney to the original compositions of Charles Mea

New York Voices

New York Voices is the Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Like the great groups that have come before, such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity. The group was formed in 1987 by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox and Sara Krieger. By way of explanation, Darmon, Peter, Kim and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festivals in the summer of '86. As a result of this exciting experience, the idea of forming a professional group was born.
In 1989 they would sign their first record deal with GRP Records and release their self titled debut album, New York Voices. The group received rave notices and quickly received domestic and international recognition in the Jazz World. From '89 to '94, they released four total CDs on the GRP Label, Hearts of Fire, What's Inside, and The Collection. While recording for GRP, they underwent personnel changes. In 1992, Sara Krieger retired her chair, and after auditioning over 60 vocalists from all over the U.S., the group found Lauren Kinhan. There was an immediate chemistry in fit and sound, allowing the group to make a quick transition and fast become the "new" New York Voices. Lauren's first musical contributions can be heard on NYV's third CD, What's Inside, released in May of 1993. In early 1994, Caprice Fox left the group, forever fixing NYV as the quartet it is today.

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer were not an overnight success, but a result of many years of dues-paying and persistence, particularly by bass singer and founder Tim Hauser. Tim's musical history goes back to a doo-wop group called the Criterions, who recorded a couple of singles on Cecilia Records when Tim was 15. Subsequently, Tim formed the first Manhattan Transfer, five members strong and featuring Gene Pistilli, who had co-written some songs recorded by Spanky and Our Gang. The resulting album wasn't stylistically well-integrated, and didn't catch on commercially either. That first version of the group broke up in 1971.
The Manhattan Transfer re-emerged as a four-piece, with Janis Siegel (alto), Laurel Masse (soprano), and Alan Paul (tenor), who found each other in a series of happy accidents. Tim Hauser was driving a cab at the time, and picked up passenger Laurel Masse; they got to talking. Tim met Janis Siegel through a drummer acquaintance. Janis had been performing at the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene with a group called "Laurel Canyon." Alan Paul had been appearing in the musical "Grease!" (Laurel's boyfriend was a musician in the production, and referred him). With personnel in place, they began to build a following at all of the hip New York clubs: Max's Kansas City, Reno Sweeney's, Cafe Carlyle, etc. Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun heard of them and came to a gig. His enthusiastic response resulted in a record deal and an association that lasted for many years. Cheryl Bentyne joined in 1979.Cheryl Bentyne joined in 1979.

Group 7

Group 7 is an ensemble, a show, a concept, a sound, a mood. Seven singers and a sound engineer work together on giving the listener a very special experience. Group 7 sing modern a cappella, and the group members frequently utilize their voices to produce sounds that are unlike anything one would normally associate with the human voice: they are capable of sounding like drums, bass, guitar, brass - whatever the context calls for. Group 7 sing new songs - composed and arranged by the group members themselves - as well as well-known a cappella classics, all of them featuring surprising and exciting arrangements. Their concerts are characterized by changes in mood and sound, and their repertoire mixes rhythmic, danceable pop tunes with warm-sounding jazz ballads. The style of music ranges from straight harmony pieces with an intricate blend of voices to exciting solo performances with the rest of the group members providing a swinging backing. Group 7 was formed in in 1995, and their concert debut was a live performance on national television that year. Since then, they have performed at cultural centres and jazz clubs, at conferences and music festivals as well as in cafes, churches and schools.

Groove For Thought

Infectious grooves, stunning arrangements, and electrifying solos are just some of the phrases used to describe Seattle based vocal group Groove For Thought. Since 2000, GFT has brought their unique brand of jazz, gospel, and R&B infused tunes to festival, concert, school, and nightclub audiences throughout the United States and Canada. Winners of the 2005 National Harmony Sweepstakes Competition and the 2006 Contemporary Acappella Recording Award for Best Jazz Song, the six men of GFT create their own sound while drawing on influences as diverse as Earth, Wind, & Fire and The Count Basie Orchestra. Groove For Thought's self titled debut CD has been released to rave reviews and is receiving radio airplay from coast to coast.
Members:- Kelly Kunz, Jeffrey Horenstein, James Niles, Randy Taylor, Kevin Kunz, Peter Jones,

Banda de Boca

Banda de Boca is a Brazilian band from Salvador da Bahia, made up of five singers and friends. The personal style of the band is created by performing beautiful compositions and arrangements by consummate musician Hiran Monteiro. Their vocal imitations of musical instruments like guitar, bass, and percussion are really impressive. They do not use any kind of real instrument, only voices - as it says on their CD jacket "Todos os sons produzidos pela voz." The secret to their success? Many rehearsal sessions


Brazylijska formacja, która śpiewa samby i bossa novy a cappella. Są genialni!
Wszystkim miłośnikom latynoamerykańskich rytmów polecamy płytę HARE TO STAY -
oczywiście w całości a cappella.

BR6 is a sextet, featuring 5 male voices and one alto, who espouse as their influences Take 6, as well as several generations of Brazilian groups (Anjos do Inferno, Os Cariocas and Boca Livre among them). Complex arrangements, written by BR6 themselves, highlight the beautiful timbre of their voices. Many of the songs on the CD, such "O Morro n‹o tem Vez", "Eu sei que vou te amar" and "Wave" are well known, as they were written by Tom Jobim and recorded by Jo‹o Gilberto, becoming international hits. BR6 was nominated for Artist of the Year in the 2004 CARA Awards.


Vocation was formed in 1999 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. Though starting only as a small project, the group extended their cooperation and soon found a collaborator in conductor Lone Larsen, who helped them shape their unique sound. The first concert held by Vocation was given in Stockholm before the king of Sweden HM King Carl XVI Gustav and HM Queen Silvia, along with an audience of specially invited guests. Vocation is not only an a cappella group, but also a group accompanied by either a quartet or a big band. Reviews, given in Swedish newspapers during a tour in Sweden, closely linked Vocation to The Real Group, Take 6, Gals and Pals, as well as to Manhattan Transfer and the New York Voices. Although the group has performed for Swedish radio as well as Swedish television, Vocations main arenas vary from private parties and jazz clubs, to churches and various concert halls. Vocation was given the Choice of the Audience Award at the International Vocal Group Festival in Tilburg, Holland in 2002. Vocation is today a well-known act in Swedish Jazz, and even though it is a tough business and their career has but started the future of Vocation looks bright, mainly because the singers see the work of the group not only as their occupation but also as their Vocation.


VOCALOGY is a jazz vocal quintet which brings an exciting and distinctive new sound to the world of vocal jazz. Vocalogy's unique performances of jazz and standards have delighted audiences nationwide in festivals, concerts, clinics and clubs for over six years.

Christine Helferich is the group's exciting lead singer; alto David Thorne Scott, tenor John Knutson, and bass Chris Morey provide solid support and take outstanding solo features. Pianist Gerhard Guter occasionally steps out from behind the keys to add his smooth voice to the mix. The group utilizes its range of five-and-a-half octaves to execute intricate and vocally demanding material in a way that seems effortless. They thrill audiences with their improvised solos, tight ensemble work, and dazzling harmonies.

Vocalogy arose from an artist-in-residency program under Grammy-Award nominee Phil Mattson. Now self-directed, Vocalogy performs a collection of innovative arrangements written by members of the group.

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Spirituals & Gospel Quartet

To 7 osobowa grupa (czworo wokalistów i sekcja rytmiczna) wykonująca własne opracowania tradycyjnych pieśni Negro Spirituals. W odróżnieniu od amerykańskich, czarnoskórych wykonawców tego gatunku, w aranżacjach starają się uwzględniać typowe gusta europejskich odbiorców, co owocuje zwykle wyjątkowym aplauzem publiczności krajów, w których występują (głównie w Niemczech, Austrii i Szwajcarii). Zachowując religijne treści muzyki gospel, występy grupy mają charakter komercyjno estradowy. Wszyscy wokaliści posiadają profesjonalne przygotowanie wokalne. Oprócz samodzielnych koncertów, możliwą formą występu jest np. support renomowanych wykonawców, odwiedzających nasz kraj

Wokaliści Spirituals & Gospel Quartet:

Natalia Kraśkiewicz- sopran
Ewa Wieczorek-Borak - alt
Artur Kamiński - tenor
Artur Sołtysiak - baryton


Maciej Szymański - piano
Andrzej Laskowski Długi - bas
Marek Surdyk - perkusja

Grupa powstała w 2001 roku, aby kontynuować działalność nieistniejącej od roku 1988 grupy Spirituals & Gospel Singers, w owym czasie wiodącego zespołu tego typu w kraju (kilka lat z rzędu I miejsce w rankingu „Jazz Forum” w kategorii: grupa wokalna).

Liderem i szefem muzycznym grupy jest poznański kompozytor i aranżer Maciej Szymański, absolwent Wydziału Kompozycji, Dyrygentury i Teorii Muzyki Akademii Muzycznej w Poznaniu. Współzałożyciel i pierwszy lider grupy Lombard. Kompozytor wielu piosenek nagranych m. in. przez Andrzeja Zauchę, Mieczysłąwa Szcześniaka, grupę VOX, oraz licznych utworów instrumentalnych. Dyrygent Teatrów Muzycznych w Gdyni i w Poznaniu, szef muzyczny i dyrygent unikalnej realizacji opery G. Gershwina Porgy & Bess w międzynarodowej obsadzie w Operze Leśnej w Sopocie (2000), autor muzyki i instrumentacji do wielu musicali.

Programy Muzyczne:

Good news - koncert muzyki Gospel. Na pewno nie zabraknie tak znanych przebojów, jak Down By the Riverside, Oh Happy Day, My God Is a Rock i Steal Away a nawet Amazing Grace...

Musical Gala - spektakl muzyczny, oparty na treści najsłynniejszych piosenek musicalowych. Ciekawa inscenizacja, doskonała muzyka, nowe interpretacje piosenek i niebanalna choreografia - to niewątpliwie największe atuty przedstawienia. W programie piosenki z musicali: Kabaret, Hair, Skrzypek na dachu, Grease, West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Best oraz Chicago.

Christmas song - koncert kolęd i świątecznych piosenek, a wśród nich nowe interpretacje takich utworów jak Jingle Bells, Let It Snow, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, czy White Christmas. Christmas Song to wspaniałe połączenie jazzowej stylistyki i tradycyjnych piosenek bożonarodzeniowych.
Szczególnie polecamy ten wspaniały koncert jako ekskluzywną oprawę muzyczną firmowych spotkań wigilijnych i wieczorów opłatkowych.