A capella group sets GIJ tone

One of the world’s top jazz vocal groups is joining GIJ Improvised 2022 among a line-up of globally recognised performers.

Swedish a cappella act, The Real Group, will record a live digital performance to play at the highly anticipated GIJ Gala Concert on June 16 at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

They will join fellow international act The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra who have also been secured as digital performers at the hybrid event, performing a set to be recorded and streamed for the first-of-its kind event.

GIJ chair Peter Roberts said the committee was proud to present an internationally acclaimed line-up of acts amongst adored Australian performers including James Morrison, Washington, Darren Percival, John Foreman and Phil Stack.

“The Real Group have been performing globally for more than 30 years, producing 24 albums and over 2800 concerts worldwide recognised for their unique blend of jazz, pop and Nordic European vocal music,” Mr Roberts said.

“Featuring five main singers, this act has hosted their own TV show, have been artistic directors for vocal music festivals in the US, South Korea and produced their own festivals in Sweden and Finland where their educational branch, The Real Group Academy has contributed with educational content.

“Fresh from performing across Europe, the group have generously shared their time to record a specific piece for our concert which I trust will inspire and entertain the crowd both in person at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre and on our digital streaming network.”

Mr Roberts said US-based jazz icons Bob Mintzer and John Clayton had both been secured as adjudicators, judging the City of Mount Gambier National Stage Band Division one and two respectively.

They are joined by fellow-US jazz identities Darman Meader, Rosanna Eckert and Kerry Marsh who will adjudicate the ANZ Vocal Ensemble Awards.

Tickets are now on sale and available via the Generations in Jazz website or direct from the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

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