Swingle Singers
Swingle Singers
The Swingle Singers

UTSA presents Swingle Singers a cappella group Feb. 7

(Jan. 19, 2005)--The UTSA Department of Music Monday Night Artist Series presents The Swingle Singers, an ensemble of eight a cappella singers from England, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the 1604 Campus. Tickets are $20.

"Swingle-singing" is described as the use of the voice as an instrument in a fusion of jazz and classical styles. The group opens its United States tour at UTSA with their vocal gymnastics and trademark sung arrangements of previously instrumental classics, jazz standards, opera, and TV and film soundtracks.

Various performers have performed under the Swingle Singers name over 40 years of touring. The group has given more than 3,000 concerts in Europe, North America and the Far East, and produced more than 40 albums and hundreds of a cappella arrangements. One of the group's albums made it to the top 10 in the United States in 1963 and remained there for nearly a year and a half. It and two subsequent albums received Grammies for best performance by a chorus.

Ward Swingle, the founder of the group, grew up in Mobile, Ala., with the sounds of jazz. He took his musical background with him to France in the 1960s, where he founded the group, Double Six of Paris, applying the scat singing of singers such as Louis Armstrong to the works of Bach.

When the Paris group disbanded in l973, Swingle moved to London and formed an English group, expanding the repertoire to include classical and avant garde works along with the scat and jazz vocal arrangements.

Swingle remains as adviser for the London-based group, but now lives in France where devotes his time to workshops, arranging, composing, guest conducting and disseminating his printed arrangements through his publishing company, Swingle Music.

The Monday Night Artist Series concludes for the semester April 18 with a piano performance by faculty member Elizabeth Gutierrez.

For more information, contact Cindy Solis at (210) 458-5685.

For the latest information on arts and cultural events featuring UTSA students, faculty and staff, call (210) 458-ARTS (2787).

--Tim Brownlee

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