The LOCAL NIGHT on Thursday

20 - 21:30 Uhr

Concert

As the name suggests, the opening evening belongs to the local artists from the Dreisamtal. It is obvious that some of the contributions are presented in dialect (Alemannic) and gives the concert program a very special sound quality. And yet the arc is stretched across England to South America, because the Black Forest Dreisamtal was able to win over some well-traveled star. Thankfully, the program of the Local Night was put together by the Kirchzarten singer-songwriter Uli Führe, who will also lead through the program. At Black Forest Voices 2019 he was at the center of the Local Night and has already led or participated in various formations. This year, local hero Thomas Fuß will be doing most of the program.

Uli Führe

Uli Führe, born in Lörrach in 1957, studied music, lives as a musician, course leader, composer and Alemannic cabaret artist in Buchenbach. Many publications, among others Muul uf, thanks to Hebel, Himmel us Stei,   D’Fledermuus, D’Staumacher; Ikarus, Himmel us Stei. Führe received the 2007 German Record Critics' Award for his dialect CD Ikarus based on texts by M.M. Jung, most recently he received the lever badge from the municipality of Hausen and the Alemannenring in Lörrach.

Héctor Urbón

Héctor Urbón was born in Buenos Aires. He studied piano, composition and orchestral conducting at the music schools in Buenos Aires and Munich as well as at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 1966 he was awarded the rice by the Richard Strauss Foundation of the City of Munich. In the 1970s, as a bandmaster, he worked on the theaters of St. Gallen, Freiburg i. Br. And Karlsruhe as well as General Music Director of the Schleswig Holstein State Theater. Guest engagements as an opera conductor have taken him to large, well-known venues such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Zurich Opera House, the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, among others.

Theresa Dold

Song poet Theresa Dold, who grew up in a musical family in a secluded Black Forest mountain hut, moved to Hamburg in 2005 due to her music. There she completed the renowned "POPKURS" at the Hochschule für Musik & Theater, which is also considered Germany's most respected band smith, and studied popular music at the Hamburg School of Music. Numerous appearances in various band & musical formations as well as Solo artists make the music scene sit up and take notice. Three studio albums appear: 2008 "Somewhere in Between". 2011 the extraordinary audio travel diary "Unterwegs at home", which is based on Theresa Dold's seven-week walk through Germany. Most recently in 2016/17, the artist successfully toured Germany with her current album “Strandgut”. She recently moved back to the Black Forest with her daughter and partner.

Wilde Wälder

Even if the four high-black forests Georg Stelz, Christoph Hog, Tobias Schwab (music) and Karl Willmann limit themselves in the current variant of their program to the presentation of their favorite songs from all phases of their creative work, the themes from everyday forest life are clearly recognizable: wine, Woman, singing, good food, worrying about money and general well-being. The Wild Forests sing in several voices with guitars, percussion, glockenspiel and melodica about life and suffering in the Upper Black Forest, about slants and quirks of the peculiar residents - and with a lot of humor and truth.

Thomas Fuß

Thomas Fuß lives in Buchenbach and is 59 years old. He is married and has two grown daughters. Thomas Fuß is a pure hobby musician and has been singing and playing with and with the folk group Liederlich for many years. With great pleasure he has also been part of his brother's band Fuß & Friends.

The FABULOUS FRIDAY

20 - 21:15 Uhr

Concert

Fabulous Friday builds a bridge between Germany, Sweden and Canada. Locally known stars take turns with award-winning newcomers from the a cappella scene. The virtual microphone is immersed in Swedish, pure four-part folklore and pulled through a technical shredder in Canada until you forget what is actually being sung by whom. Sound illusions with and without the addition of technology that have their roots in the human voice. Last but not least, a very special energy arises from the fact that two of the ensembles meet on stage for the first time since the lockdown! The Freiburg beatbox duo "Acoustic Instinct" will guide you through the evening - be careful: it could become interactive!

FreePlay Duo

Using only their voices and innovative live looping techniques, international vocal sensation FreePlay sings you around the world without leaving your seat. New York jazz, UK pop, European classical, Indian ragas, Brazilian samba… FreePlay does it all, a cappella. Partners in music and in life, Canadians Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran delight in sharing their unique and virtuosic a cappella style around the world, with performances in over 20 countries across 6 continents in support of their new album Go Back Forward.

★★★★½ (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Brilliant!' (Janis Siegel, Manhattan Transfer). 'Mesmerizing' (Lauren Kinhan, New York Voices). ‘Beautiful and Impressive!’ (Sara Davey, The Swingles).

baff!

Since the end of 2013 they have been traveling under the name "baff!": Maj Hansen (Lübeck), Lilly Ketelsen (Leipzig), Jonathan Mummert (Leipzig) and Maximilian Kleinert (Berlin). The four vocal artists now delight their audiences across Germany with their authentic charm and mainly bring their own songs to the stage. Due to the high importance of musical precision, the ensemble has already won several awards at well-known festivals, such as two gold diplomas at "Vokal Total" in Graz in 2019.

anders

Do pop music differently in German - and without instruments. The five students rely on catchy melodies and smart lyrics paired with a wink and self-irony. Modern arrangements, extraordinary beatboxing skills and a stage show with sophisticated choreographies complete the picture of the boy group, which actually doesn't want to be one. The formation, originally from Heidelberg, has made a name for itself nationally from the local hero. The band played in the opening act for Revolverheld, old master Heinz Rudolph-Kunze or indie rocker Thees Uhlmann. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, the band toured France and French-speaking Switzerland for several weeks as an ambassador for a young and lively Germany to mark the anniversary of the Élysée Treaty ...

Åkervinda

Åkervinda collects traditional Scandinavian folksongs and make new arrangements with intriguing harmonies and elements of improvisation where the voices bloom in the most delicate and fragile to the most raw and powerful depths of expression. The group have toured all over the world, won international prizes and are constantly praised by critics. In 2014 they released their debut album 'Kära Mor' and in spring 2018 came their second album ‘Förgänglighet’, which was nominated for the Swedish Grammis in 2019.

Acoustic Instinct (Moderation)

Acoustic Instinct is a Beatbox Duo from South West Germany. There isn’t a single sound Paul Brenning and Julian Knörzer can‘t imitate with their mouth and voice. Individual tone colours round out their vocal percussions of drum-sounds, instrumentals and everyday sounds. On stage, all of this brings about a fascinating mixture of human beatboxing, a cappella singing, play, comedy and the art of improvisation. Acoustic Instinct were originally founded as a trio in 2005, and have ever since been working with various artists, choirs and bands; local as well as foreign. Together with ‘Jazzchor Freiburg’ they have already toured Japan and South Korea three times. In 2007 they were awarded the ‘Zelt-Musik-Festival’ Prize and also won the 2007 Audience Award in an A Cappella Competition by Hypo Vereinsbank. The Duo stands out due to their sense for locality and allows the audience to become a part of their performance. By the joy of improvisation and spontaneity of the artists every show becomes a unique listening experience of the highest quality. Music – without instrumental sounds – developed from the “Acoustic Instinct”.

The CHILDREN'S CONCERT on Saturday

15-15:30 Uhr

with Acoustic Instinct

Acoustic Instinct is a Beatbox Duo from South West Germany. There isn’t a single sound Paul Brenning and Julian Knörzer can‘t imitate with their mouth and voice. Individual tone colours round out their vocal percussions of drum-sounds, instrumentals and everyday sounds. On stage, all of this brings about a fascinating mixture of human beatboxing, a cappella singing, play, comedy and the art of improvisation. Acoustic Instinct were originally founded as a trio in 2005, and have ever since been working with various artists, choirs and bands; local as well as foreign. Together with ‘Jazzchor Freiburg’ they have already toured Japan and South Korea three times. In 2007 they were awarded the ‘Zelt-Musik-Festival’ Prize and also won the 2007 Audience Award in an A Cappella Competition by Hypo Vereinsbank. The Duo stands out due to their sense for locality and allows the audience to become a part of their performance. By the joy of improvisation and spontaneity of the artists every show becomes a unique listening experience of the highest quality. Music – without instrumental sounds – developed from the “Acoustic Instinct”.

The BIG VOCAL NIGHT on Saturday

20 - 21:30 Uhr

CONCERT

The Big Vocal Night lives this year due to its extraordinary diversity. The full range of possibilities of sound production of a human voice is presented and it goes one step further to "Full-Body-A-Cappella"! Stylistically, too many areas are covered that it would be tedious to put all of this in a drawer. However, we strongly believe that there will be something for everyone. The following nations alternate in our virtual concert hall: Germany, England, Finland, Sweden, Taiwan. Kevin Fox will be playing live from London - the former bass of "The Swingles" will guide through the program.

 

Jazzchor der Uni Bonn

Since its founding 25 years ago, the „Jazzchor der Uni Bonn“ (Jazz Choir of the University of Bonn) has established itself as a veritable constant in and around Bonn. Over the last few years, the choir has made a name for itself on a national and international scale: Last year, it placed first in the choir competition at the Aarhus Vocal Festival in Denmark. Jan-Hendrik Herrmann, who directs the choir since 2012, has shaped the sound of the choir significantly by constant creative input, voice training and custom-tailored arrangements. Besides jazz, the choir explores many different genres and brings a unique choir sound to the stage with the joy of 54 enthusiastic singers, which invites the audience to go on an emotional journey.

Gabriel Hahn

Gabriel Amadeus Hahn is a qualified jazz drummer with a master's degree in composing / arranging (University of Music in Munich and Dresden). In addition, he worked as a percussionist, body percussionist, beat boxer and singer, on stage with well-known German acts such as Blumentopf, Roger Cicero, Howard Carpendale and Max Mutzke. Since 2009 international appearances with The New York Voices, participation in the recently released album Reminiscing in Tempo. Since 2017 singer of the program modern tales of the A Cappella collective Brussels Vocal Project.

Sjaella

Homogenous, yet personal; airy, yet forceful; precise, yet freely - these seeming contradictions might give you an idea of the multi-faceted sound of Sjaella. The 6 singers, having travelled their shared musical road for several years already, still continue to discover new twists, turns and forks in it. They are curious towards new sounds, love the diversity of music and have the courage of extending the boundaries they encounter. Accordingly, their repertoire is broad, drawing from many and diverse genres. This flexibility and the close relationship they build with their audiences have earned Sjaella engagements at major music festivals nationally and internationally as well as appearances on radio and TV broadcasts for some years now, and won them awards at international vocal music competitions.

Solala

In 2012, three friends met up in a kitchen one night. A few hours later they had made their first arrangement and with that, started a new genre in swedish vocal music. They've been described as a "vocal power trio" and with a unique idiom an and a repertoire that's diverse to say the least, Solala has rewritten the book on how a vocal group can sound like. Their music videos from the kitchen has attracted a huge audience through social media and Solala have for the past years brought the kitchen table with them as a live performance act and has become Swedens biggest vocal act. They have released three studio albums, published a book, made collaborations with many of Swedens biggest artists and toured all over the world.

The Beatbox Collective

The Beatbox Collective, Individually they have won almost every beatbox competition on the planet. Together, this vocal supergroup creates a wall of sound that simply has to be seen to be believed. 'How amazing was that? That was unbelievable' (Chris Evans). Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists, this is a show of mind-blowing sound, energy and beats not to be missed. 'If you didn't think you were a beatbox fan before, they will prove you wrong' ***** (EdFestMag.com).

Rajaton

Founded in Helsinki in 1997, Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone). The singers have vastly different musical backgrounds from each other, ranging from classical to folk, pop and rock. After several extensive tours, Rajaton has gained recognition and earned rave reviews across Europe. In recent years, the group has also made headways into the North American and Asian markets, with concerts in Canada, the U.S. and Korea among others. In their native Finland, Rajaton are a bona fide pop phenomenon. In 2003, the group rose to no. 2 on the charts with their album Joulu ("Christmas"), a double-platinum-selling holiday collection featuring both original compositions and innovative versions of seasonal standards. In 2006, the album Rajaton sings ABBA with Lahti Symphony Orchestra topped the charts in Finland and sold platinum in a month. The group's latest release Rajaton sings Queen with Lahti Symphony Orchestra (2008) is a long-awaited follow-up to the ABBA album. Rajaton has received one double platinum, two platinum and six gold records in Finland, and their albums have sold nearly 300.000 copies worldwide.

Kevin Fox (Moderation)

A Toronto native now based in London, Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the world of contemporary a cappella. He is known internationally for his work as a choral director, coach, adjudicator, and arranger. From 2007 to 2019 he was the baritone/vocal percussionist for the Grammy-winning group The Swingles. Since 2013 he has served as Artistic Director of the Israeli pop choir Vocalocity. Other recent credits include: Music Director on the British television show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella (2017); atelier leader at Europa Cantat in Tallinn (2018); teacher at Vocalmente in Fossano (2019); and workshop leader with the Guildhall School of Music and National Youth Choir of Great Britain (2020). Kevin has adjudicated at numerous festivals worldwide including the ICCAs (USA), Rocky Mountain Festival (Canada) and The Voice Festival UK. A sought-after workshop leader, Kevin has a passion for helping singers and ensembles to unlock their creative music-making potential.