Vocalmente Academy & VocalMentor
Singing has been her chosen means of expression ever since her early schooling at Adolf Fredrik´s Music school in Stockholm, Sweden. Although she took a glance at the piano and the cello, singing remained the main focus through her training at the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music. During the 1990´s she was active as studio and backing vocalist in the fields of pop and soul.
Since 1984, as one of the founding members of The Real Group, Katarina has contributed to the group with her flexible altovoice and distinctive stage presence as well as with numerous compositions.
Together with The Real Group she has performed thousands of concerts all over the world and her voice can be heard on more than 20 of the group´s cd´s.
As a workshop-leader with models for choirs and vocal ensembles her experience is as vast as the artistic career.
Since leaving the group in 2016 her energy is divided between the continuing career as a singer as well as towards developing The Real Group Academy. She has recorded a Duo cd ”High Low Or in Between” together with cellist and composer Svante Henryson released on BIS/Naxos.
Since 2017 she has been collaborating with performance artist Lynsey Peisinger whom she met in the role of being the vocal coordinator on a Performance piece called the Cleaner by Marina Abramovic. As a duo they present workshops and performance works called Sonic and Energetic spaces that involve choirs.
Katarina has always been drawn to the jazzy side of music and nourished an interest in improvisation. Since 2013 together with members of Rajaton, Vox North and Zap Mama Katarina is part of the A Cappella improvisation group Songs of The Moment.
The directness of the human voice has always been in the centre of Katarina´s interest. With Songs of The Moment and in a workshopformat she calls Voicefulness she is creating a platform for this to evolve even more.
Baritone/mouth drummer/coach/arranger/adjudicator and Toronto native Kevin Fox is a recognized voice in the world of contemporary a cappella.
For the last eleven years he has toured the globe with the Grammy-winning supergroup The Swingles, following on the heels of his nine-year stint with Toronto’s Juno-nominated vocal band Cadence.
He serves as Artistic Director of the Israeli choral project Vocalocity, and in 2017 he served as Music Director on the British television programme Sing: Ultimate A Cappella.
Most recently Kevin was an instructor at Europa Cantat in Tallinn, and he has been an adjudicator for various vocal festivals worldwide. His improvisation workshops including “Sing Without a Safety Net” and “Beatbox and Beyond” have received rave reviews across North America and Europe.
Peder Karlsson is a freelance singer, teacher, performing artist and environment activist.
Peder was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1963, and lives in Umeå, Sweden, together with his wife Katarina.
Peder studied composition, arranging and guitar at The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and graduated in 1989 with a post-graduate Diploma in vocal group performance. He was member of the Swedish a cappella group The Real Group between 1984-2010, and has made over 2000 concerts all over the world and 16 CDs. [www.therealgroup.se]
Between 2011-14, Peder Karlsson was Musical Director of the XXL vocal group “Perpetuum Jazzile”, Slovenia. [www.perpetuumjazzile.si/en]
Since 2015, Peder teaches Innovative Choir Leadership at the Royal Academy of Music in Aalborg & Aarhus, Denmark (RAMA), with the title “Honorary Professor”. This school has a unique program, with over 50 choir leaders from all over Europe who study leadership from different perspectives; body awareness, group improvisation, arranging and conducting in rhythmic music. Peder’s main focus is co-creative artistic development through rotated initiative, where each singer is regarded as a subject in the musical exchange. This pedagogy is based on “power-with” group structures and communication, as opposed to traditional hierarchical “power-over” scenarios. [www.musikkons.dk/index.php?id=1863]
Apart from his work at RAMA, Peder leads courses at music conservatories and universities in the Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
Growing up musically in a blooming Danish choral environment, Morten started to dig into contemporary a cappella singing at The Academy of Music in Aalborg. As one of the first graduates from the unique masters programme in Aalborg, he was involved with various Danish groups – VOX11, Postyr, VoxNorth & Songs of the Moment – before joining The Real Group in 2010.
Combing the constantly evolving methods and curiosity from The Real Group with concepts like “the intelligent choir”, circle singing and physical rhythm training, Morten has a broad palette of pedagogical tools and topics that he includes in his teaching.
Erik Mikael Bosio is a Swedish-Italian singer, composer, arranger, producer, choir conductor.
Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1983, he has studied piano and composition at the city’s conservatory “N. Paganini”. He has also studied jazz singing at the “A.Vivaldi” conservatory in Alessandria.
An expert in vocal music, he’s a well-esteemed voice, arrangement and recording techniques teacher across The Real Festival (Stockholm), London A Cappella Festival, Los Angeles A Cappella Festival and Aarhus A Cappella Festival (Denmark).
Bosio is the founding member of Cluster one of the most renowned Italian vocal ensembles, brought to public attention through The Italian XFactor.
Multi-nominated at the CARA – Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards – the has won “Best Original Song”, “Best Holiday Song”, “Best Jazz Album” and “Best European Album”.
He’s an esteemed arranger and producer of the acappella scene as well as the Italian pop-rock one. He has produced and recorded artists like Morgan, Marco Mengoni, The Swingle Singers (UK) and The Real Group.
His works are published in Austria by Helloing Publishing and, in Germany, by Ferramontana Publishing.
Brad Rees serves as Executive Director of Arts Programs at Tiffin University in Ohio, and is the founder of the school’s cutting-edge commercial music degree program.
He is the director of Tiffin’s groundbreaking a cappella jazz and pop ensemble, Up in the Air, which has been a leader among university groups for nearly 25 years. He has also directed and taught vocal jazz at the University of Northern Colorado, Bowling Green State University, and Iowa’s School for Music Vocations. He was a member of Phil Mattson’s ‘Voices’, the Grammy-nominated Axidentals, and is in demand as an arranger, guest conductor and clinician.
He is an alum of George Mason University, Western Michigan University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Boston University.
Letizia was born in Genoa on 22/08/1984. She studied music since early childhood and graduated in piano at the age of 20. She has been working as rehearsal accompanist and stage assistant in several opera houses. She coaches singers and choirs in every music genre, from opera to pop.
As a singer, she has been giving many masterclasses in ensemble music for a cappella and choral groups, both in Italy and abroad. Since 2005 she is the soprano of the vocal group Cluster and she has being performing with them in Italy, Europe, Russia and USA. She recorded in studio five times with Cluster – three of those recordings has been awarded at CARA’s (Contemporary A Capella Recording Awards), and she has been awarded as “2015 – Best jazz arrangement” for the arrangement of “Il nostro concerto” by Umberto Bindi. She appeared in many television programs, including X-Factor 2008, during which she worked with Morgan, Fiorello, Marco Mengoni and other well-known Italian artists.
She composes and arranges many pieces for Clusters and other vocal and choral ensembles that range from classical music to jazz, from pop to rock; one of his first original arrangement for choir, “Changes”, was published by Helbling and many of his arrangements have been performed in Vocalmente past editions by “Numeri Primi” and “Voxes”, and they both recorded those pieces in their albums.