The stage lights fall, the crowd goes quiet, and four harmonious voices rise up and fill the air. The melodies unfurl into something both familiar and fresh. What comes next may be a classic song by Joni Mitchell or Louis Prima. It may be an old bebop standard or cheeky arrangement of a Justin Bieber hit. But these are arrangements like you’ve never heard them before—containing all the richness of a full band, performed using just four voices.
This is Cadence, Canada’s premiere vocal group. This a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences around the world for nearly 20 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing.
The group’s four critically acclaimed studio albums, Cool Yule (2011), Speak Easy (2010), Twenty for One (2005), and Frost Free (2000) have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including three nods from the JUNO Awards and 10 from CARA, the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
Cadence’s live shows are always a hit. They feature a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun. On-stage antics and audience participation are par for the course, but so too is a mesmerizing display of musical genius. What these men can do with their voices needs to be heard to be believed.
Collaborations have included Bobby McFerrin and David Clayton-Thomas, and their voices were heard in the 2010 hit film “Casino Jack” starring Kevin Spacey.
Check out this vocal phenomenon for yourself. Buy an album, take in a show, or invite Cadence to perform in your town or city. One listen and you will agree; instruments are for surgeons!