Today, it is quite difficult to say something new in the A Cappella music, and those who succeed in it are almost guaranteed to immediately attract the attention of the audience. It happened with Camerata Vocal Group. The unique music of Camerata is filed with a mix of Slavic folklore, Jazz, Asian and African influences. Camerata uses multiple vocal techniques, which makes the music of Camerata sound like a big symphony orchestra. So if you want to hear something wonderful, unique yet not scarily different, take this musical adventure!
Very few groups are able to define a new sound on their recording. Camerata Vocal Group from Minsk, Belarus, is one of those very few groups. Combine the smooth jazz sound of The Real Group, the vocal precision and complexity (with seven voices) of the Swingle Singers, mix in Slavic folk music expressed through some of the most sophisticated vocal arrangements we've ever encountered, and you come close to Camerata. Their arrangements are more like vocal symphonies, with thematic development and constantly evolving sound - Pink Floyd meets Tchaikovsky meets the King's Singers. Impeccably produced - they consider their sound engineer an integral part of the musical team - this CD fascinates further with each listen.
Sometimes, words are insufficient to describe unique music, and that's the case with Camerata's second release. World class? most certainly. The seven singers from Belarus and Russia (and their sound engineer, whom they appropriately credit as part of the team) make 21st century vocal music drawing from ancient musical inspirations. But is it world music? jazz? modern serious music? They use both East and West European (and central Asian) vocal techniques, melodies and modes but fuse them with jazz and pop harmonization and rhythm in compositions with a sophistication well beyond what most jazz and pop musicians can even conceptualize. Layers of nonsense syllables (shades of the Swingle Singers) give way to Russian lyrics, yodels (think Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares), overtone singing (Tuva), whoops and yells, and unique sonic creations. So if you want to hear something wonderful, unique yet not scarily different, take this musical adventure!