Went to see these guys at preview show last week. Blown away. Extremely talented and some great tunes. Very clever. Close your eyes and there's times when you forget there's no instruments or backing track. You should definitely go and see The Vocal Orchestra. Amazing! (Just a shame I live up north and am unlikely to get to go back...at least while they're at Udderbelly.)
The Vocal Orchestra
Until Sun May 27 2012
© Eric Richmond
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Apr 30 2012
The Vocal Orchestra is a team of seven absurdly skilful musicians who create crazy soundscapes using only their voices. They can do rap, opera, beatboxing, swoony singing and, perhaps most excitingly, full-on lightsaber fights.
The show opens with some reverential medieval chords, which ring politely around the tent. A girl is ejected from the group and tentatively, then thumpingly, blasts out some beats. The rest of the gang joins in, each member welcomed with sunshine smiles. Quickly, the stage pulses with an incredibly textured, booming baseline.
It's the equivalent to playing all the demo modes on your keyboard at once, with every dial turned to max. The show, created by top beatboxer Shlomo, playfully re-imagines old classics such as Dusty Springfield's 'Son of a Preacher Man' and Bowie's 'Let's Dance'.
Whilst the bubblegum songs are fun, it's the theatrical set pieces that really showcase this group's creativity. A glorious slow-mo 'fight' creates an awesome symphony of pain, as bullets rattle through chests, arrows ping and bodies crash, loudly, to the floor.