Stanford Talisman

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Stanford Talisman
Origin Stanford, California, U.S.
Genres A Cappella
Years active 1990—present

Stanford Talisman is a student group of singers at Stanford University, dedicated to sharing stories through music. Started in 1990 by Stanford student Joseph Pigato their roots are in music from South Africa and the African diaspora, but they have since broadened their horizons to include music from all over the world.[1] Although an a cappella group, they sometimes incorporate drums and dancing into their music. They perform not only locally in the greater San Francisco Bay Area but also around the world. Their most recent tour was to South Africa in the spring of 2013. The group also traveled to New Orleans and Atlanta in 2009 and in 2012.[2] The group won the 1997 ICCA competition [3] and notable performances include the 1996 Olympic Games, the White House,[4] with 10-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin in 2005,[5] and with Seal in 2009.[6]

Their musical repertoire includes "One by One," "Lift E'vry Voice" (the Black national anthem), "Baba Yetu" (featured on the video game Civilization IV), Sweet Honey in the Rock's "Wanting Memories," a powerful Native American chant "Wahjeeleh-Yihm," and the traditional spiritual "Amazing Grace."

Talisman has released eight full-length albums as well as a 10-year anniversary compilation entitled "Shine," and a 20-year compilation, "Twenty." The group was featured on the 1997 Best of Collegiate A Cappella compilation,[7] and has received recognition from CARA, most recently in 2004, winning "Mixed-Group Album of the Year" for Watch Me Fly.[8]


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Former members include composer Christopher Tin, class of '98.[9]

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  1. ^ Leavitt, Zoe (16 February 2010). "CRESCENDO: Twenty years of Talisman". Stanford Daily. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Talisman A Cappella". Primary A Cappella site. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  3. ^ "1997 ICCA Results". ICCA site. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ "March/April 2000 Farm Report". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Bobby McFerrin's unique music style astounds Stanford Audience". The PALY Voice. Retrieved 2005-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Talisman a capella joins Seal on stage". Stanford University News. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  7. ^ "1997 BOCA". BOCA site. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  8. ^ "2004 CARA Awards". Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Stanford alumnus wins Grammy". Stanford Daily. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

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