Supertonic is proud to present "Minor Alterations", its first entirely jazz based concert, at Hannah Playhouse on Saturday October 8. Far from the same jazz choir numbers you've all heard before, this one-night-only show pulls the power of jazz into songs from totally different origins, complete with a three-piece combo and the effervescent vocals of soprano Imogen Thirlwall.
Will Todd's Mass in Blue twists the standard Latin Mass into a punchy uplifting jazz ride, delving into scorching blues, up-tempo beats and swinging into a jazz waltz. This enormously popular music doesn't hold anything back - the soaring voices of the 56-strong choir interplays with the dramatic soprano soloist, supported by the rich blues and driving groove of the band.
Paired with this is a series of well-known songs reinvigorated through the jazz idiom. My Favourite Things becomes the story of a modern day jazz singer, balancing the demands of the everyday with a rich musical life; Scarborough Fair takes the popular Simon and Garfunkel melody down a haunting path - a treat for fans of folk and jazz alike; Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love remains familiar and toe-tappingly catchy.
Supertonic's singers pride themselves on presenting appealing, varied and high quality choral music to Wellington and beyond. Despite being less than three years old, the choir has already made a name for itself as a "new phenomenon on the Wellington choral scene". Equally at home with traditional classical music such as Vaughan Williams' Mass in G and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Supertonic enjoys presenting more boundary-pushing programmes such as Fighting in the Dance Hall, a pairing of arrangements from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and David Bowie’s Hunky Dory.
The choir's director is Isaac Stone, a teacher of classroom music and leader of the choral programme at Tawa College in Wellington. Isaac places a premium on making choral music that is accessible but challenging - creating concerts that inspire both new and experienced singers, as well as capturing and captivating a new audience for choral music in Wellington.
Tickets are Waged $25 / Unwaged $15 and can be purchased from hannahplayhouse.org.nz.
Supertonic is delighted to announce its 2016 tour to Hawke’s Bay, with an intimate concert in the beautiful surroundings and acoustics of Church Road Winery's cellar on Saturday September 10, and a highly anticipated performance at the iconic Central Hawke’s Bay Municipal Theatre on Sunday September 11.
Comprising of 56 Wellington singers in their 20s and 30s, the avid young choir will present Sojourn, a programme of enchanting classical works and popular songs reinvigorated through the jazz idiom.
The programme embodies the changing of the seasons and the rejuvenation and vitality of spring through a variety of genres. Works by English composer Gustav Holst will feature, including his Six Folk Songs; quintessential traditional pieces examining themes of love, loss and adventure. In contrast, the choir will perform popular classics such as Scarborough Fair and My Favourite Things, all refreshed by a jazz twist. This complementary pairing highlights the communicative power of music, capturing and conveying emotion across the decades.
Supertonic's musical director Isaac Stone has led the choir since its inception in 2014. A teacher of classroom music and leader of the choral programme at Tawa College in Wellington, he places a premium on making choral music enjoyable and accessible to singers and audiences alike.
Over the last three years Supertonic has performed both traditional classical music such as Vaughan Williams' Mass in G and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, as well as presenting more boundary-pushing programmes such as Fighting in the Dance Hall, which paired Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours with David Bowie’s Hunky Dory in a choral rock concert extravaganza.
The choir’s combination of technical skill and passion for the music they perform has Supertonic noted by critics as a new phenomenon in the Wellington choral scene.