The Idea of North

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For the audio documentary by Glenn Gould, see Solitude Trilogy.
The Idea of North
The Idea of North Chapel Off Chapel 2008.jpg
In concert at Chapel off Chapel, Melbourne, 2008
Background information
Origin Australia
Genres A cappella
Jazz
Years active 1993–present
Labels Magnetic Records
ABC Jazz
Website idea.com.au
Members Sally Cameron
Naomi Crellin
Nick Begbie
Andrew Piper
Past members Joy Hague
Megan Corson
Trish Delaney-Brown

The Idea of North are an Australian a cappella vocal ensemble. Founded in Canberra in 1993,[1] the group's name is taken from radio broadcasts of pianist Glenn Gould.[2]

The group are generally referred to as a jazz quartet,[3][4] but sing a wide variety of styles including jazz, pop, R&B, classical, folk, soul and gospel.[5][6]

Australian jazz musician James Morrison referred to the Idea of North as "the best contemporary a cappella group in the country".[7] Morrison and the Idea of North collaborated with Gina Jeffreys on "Blue Christmas" and it is included on Jeffreys' 1999 album, Christmas Wish. In 2005 the group were awarded the awards for best jazz album and best jazz song in the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.[8]

In 2010, the Idea of North won the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for best jazz album for their sixth studio album, Feels Like Spring (in collaboration with James Morrison).

In 2011, the Idea of North were nominated for the ARIA award for best jazz album for their eighth album, Extraordinary Tale.

In 2013, The tdea of North won the ARIA award for best jazz album for their ninth studio album, Smile.

Japanese vocal percussionist Kaichiro Kitamura is currently touring with them as their session vocal percussionist and was featured in three songs on their recent album "Ballads". [9]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Soprano: Sally Cameron (2008-Present)
  • Alto: Naomi Crellin (2003-2012,2012-present)
  • Tenor: Nick Begbie (1993-Present)
  • Bass: Andrew Piper (1993-Present)

Touring and Session[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • The Idea of North (1997)
  • The Sum of Us (2001)
  • Here & Now (2003)
  • Evidence (2004)
  • The Gospel Project (2006)
  • Live at the Powerhouse (CD and DVD, 2007)
  • Feels Like Spring (collaboration with James Morrison, 2010)
  • Extraordinary Tale (2011)
  • This Christmas (2012)
  • Smile (2013)
  • Anthology (2014)
  • Ballads (2016)

Awards[edit]

  • 2013 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for Best Jazz Album - Smile
  • 2013 Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) Award for Favourite Oceanic Group
  • 2013 BankSA Best Music Award - The Adelaide Fringe 2013[10]
  • 2013 MusicACT Annual Music Awards ACT Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2011 Limelight Magazine Award for Best Jazz Recording - Extraordinary Tale
  • 2011 Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) Award for Favourtie Oceanic Group
  • 2010 Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Award for Best Jazz Album - Feels Like Spring
  • 2010 Contemporary A Cappella Society of America (CASA) Award for Favourtie Oceanic Group
  • 2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) Award for Best Jazz Album - Evidence
  • 2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) Award for Best Jazz Song - Rachel
  • 2003 Won the 'Harmony Sweepstakes' Open A Cappella Competition in the US, including awards for 'Audience Favourite' and 'Best Original Arrangement'

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Loretta (27 July 2007), "Magnetic North", Herald Sun 
  2. ^ Banks, Ron (14 June 2004), "Evidence of a distinctive Idea", The West Australian 
  3. ^ Derdeyn, Stuart (5 August 2010), "In need of a name, but smart to peel off Banana Four", Vancouver Province 
  4. ^ "US May Hear Idea Of North", Illawarra Mercury, 3 July 1998 
  5. ^ "Makes me wanna sing", Canberra Times, 24 March 2009 
  6. ^ "Quartet returns home", The Chronicle (Canberra), 24 March 2009 
  7. ^ "Makes me wanna sing", Canberra Times, 24 March 2009 
  8. ^ Eriksson, Boel (17 December 2008), "Jazz vocals define Idea of North", Northern District Times 
  9. ^ http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2016/05/28/groove-sessions/
  10. ^ "Adelaide Fringe 2013 Award Winners". Adelaide Fringe. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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