New York Voices

24/8 h21.00 — Piazza Castello

Opening act: Rebel Bit

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They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend.  Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup. Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.

The beginnings of NYV:  Formed by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox, and Sara Krieger, New York Voices had their first performances in 1988.  Darmon, Peter, Kim, and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festival circuit in the summer of ’86.  From ’89 to ’94, they released four CDs on the GRP label, New York Voices, Hearts of Fire, What’s Inside, and Collection.

In 1992, Sara Krieger retired her chair, and after auditioning over 60 vocalists from all over the United States, the group found Lauren Kinhan.  In early 1994, Caprice Fox left the group, forever fixing NYV as the quartet it is today.

In addition to their own CDs, NYV has made many guest appearances on recordings and live performances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of settings.

In the last decade, the pops symphony community has called upon them to develop various programs.  The Boston Pops knocked first and commissioned a few big band style adaptations. NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements.

NYV also works in the field of education, giving workshops and clinics to high school and college music students throughout the world.  In 2009, they launched the New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Now going into it’s 9th year, the camp moved it’s residency to the beautiful campus of Ithaca College in upstate New York in 2016. Also in 2016, they launched the first annual New York Voices International Vocal Jazz Camp in Ptuj, Slovenia.