Swingle Singers bring snap, crackle, pop … and siss, boom, bah

Reviewed by David L. Schriber 

Their style is a little hard to describe. It’s vocal, but often wordless. It’s instrumental, but uses the human voice to mimic an orchestra. It’s partly described by various terms such as “instrumental singing,” “vocalese,” “scat singing,” and “vocal percussion.”

The Swingle Singers, a London-based octet with French roots and an American creator, joined the Binghamton Philharmonic Saturday, May 14, in a program of popular and classical music. Though most of its current members (five Brits, one German, one Canadian, one American) have been with the group five years or less, the group itself is nearly 50years old, the 1962 Paris creation (Les Double Six) of Mobile, Ala.-born Ward Swingle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Boston Brass joins Binghamton Philharmonic for Valentine variety

Reviewed by David L. Schriber

Love was in the air Saturday night (Feb. 13) as the Boston Brass quintet joined the Binghamton Philharmonic for a Valentine’s Day concert at The Forum in Binghamton. The program was a mixture of classical and popular music, some distinctively American and some high-energy Latin tunes.  Read the rest of this entry »

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