Organizer: Nodibinājums Sing Latvia
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The Swingles will perform at Riga A Cappella Festival Opening concert on October 20.

For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.

The key of longlasting success of The Swingles is their virtuoso vocal technique, a wonderful assonance of voices, artistic performances and always attractive old songs in a new sound. That is why they never stop surprising listeners and critics already for 50 years.

Released in March 2017, The Swingles latest project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. With creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group’s unique and rich sound world, the results are powerful and surprising.

The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia. The group continue to perform the piece to great acclaim around the world, with recent performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Milan’s La Scala; they look forward to bringing it to new audiences for its 50th anniversary in 2018-19. 

In its concerts, the Riga A Cappella Festival offers to make the acquaintance of diversity of a cappella genre, presents through variety of a cappella music projects the most outstanding Latvian and worldwide performers, offers tailored concerts and master classes. At present, Festival Passes providing entry to all the festival events on 20, 21, and 22 October are available for purchase in limited number 

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