Perpetuum Jazzile

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Perpetuum Jazzile
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Background information
OriginSlovenia
GenresA cappella, pop, jazz, bossa nova, funk, soul
InstrumentsSinging, beatboxing, scat singing
Websiteperpetuumjazzile.si
MembersMonika Avsenik, Bojana Bergant, Klemen Brezavšček, Urša Cigler, Tomaž Cör, Sara Česnik, Anamarija Čotar, Tim Čuček, Katarina Dolenc, Jana Gamser, Luka Grižonič, Tara Henigman, Jana Hladnik Tratnik, Nataša Jovanovič, Anej Kebrič, Katja Kovačič, Anja Koren, Arian Krašna, Žiga Jan Krese, Barbara Lipovšek, Ursula Luthar, Mateja Mackenzie, Ana Marčun, Karin Možina, Nina Mrak, Anže Orehek, Vanja Osolnik, Blaž Papež, Liza Pucihar Peklenk, Tadej Premužič, Tomaž Rojko, Mojca Rusjan, Andraž Slakan, Katja Stropnik, Dominik Štrucelj, Jan Trost, Boštjan Usenik, Nastja Vodenik, Kristjan Virtič, Sašo Vrabič, Maja Žumer

Perpetuum Jazzile is a Slovenian musical group best known for an a cappella version of Toto rock band's song Africa. The May 2009 video showing a live performance of this version has received over 21.4 million views on YouTube.[1]

The group was founded in 1983 as Gaudeamus Chamber Choir and has always featured singers of both genders. Currently, there are 41 perfomers of whom 24 are female and 17 male.[2] The group occasionally performs with the Slovenian Radio and Television Big Band though most performances are a capella.

Leadership[edit]

The group was founded by Marko Tiran who led the Gaudeamus Choir for over 17 years. In 2001, the choir's art leadership was passed to Tomaž Kozlevčar. During his 10-year tenure the group started performing under the new name and achieved international acclaim. [3] Most recently, the group's art leader was Peder Karlsson, from 2011 to 2014.[4]

History[edit]

The sopranos' section during a concert at the 2015 Vokal Xtravaganzza

In 2006, the group recorded the album Čudna noč (Strange Night) which was released by Dallas Records. Group's performance of song Africa earned them high praise from song's original co-writer, David Paich[5] and Toto invited the group for a joint performance at a 2011 concert held near Udine, Italy.[6] In 2011, the choir embarked on a world tour which took them to Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada, and USA, where they performed to sold out venues.

Every year in autumn, the group performs Vokal Xtravaganzza evening concerts at the Cankar Hall in Ljubljana, with guests from Slovenia and abroad. In the past, they have performed with local artists Alenka Godec, Alya, Oto Pestner, Jan Plestenjak, and Nuša Derenda, as well as with international groups Vocalica (Italy), The Real Group (Sweden), Mansound (Ukraine), BR6 (Brazil), and The Real Six Pack (Germany).

In May 2015, Slovenian duo Maraaya who represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song Here for You, released a video of this song featuring Perpetuum Jazzile.[7] In June 2015, the group performed at the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. [8] and in November 2015, the group performed in China, with the main concert at the Guangzhou Opera House.

Awards[edit]

Andraž Slakan conducting Perpetuum Jazzile in October 2015

In 2008, the group was awarded the Vokal Total Award at the International Choir Festival and International A Cappella Competition[9] and it also won awards at the international jazz vocal music competition in Tilburg, Netherlands, and the World Choir Games in Graz, Austria.[10] In 2010, the group was awarded the "Viktor Award", a top level music award in Slovenia.

Discography[edit]

  • Ko boš prišla na Bled (When You Come to Bled) (2000) COBISS 12747068
  • Pozabi, da se ti mudi (Forget You're In a Hurry) (2003) COBISS 13669180
  • As (2004)
  • Čudna noč (Strange night) (2006) COBISS 14396732
  • Africa (2009)
  • Perpetuum Jazzile Live [Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 - DVD] (2009)
  • Vocal Ecstasy (German Tour Edition - CD) (2012)
  • Vocal Ecstasy (German Tour Edition Superbox - CD+DVD) (2012)
  • Thank You For The Music (30th Anniversary Jubilee Edition - CD') (2013)
  • Both Sides (Double Album - CD) (2016)

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