Masaaki Suzuki is an organist, harpsichordist and conductor, and the founder and musical director of the Bach Collegium Japan. He was born in Kobe to parents who were both Christian and amateur musicians. He studied composition and organ at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and was later taught harpsichord and organ by Ton Koopman and Piet Kee at the Sweelink Conservatory in Holland. In 1993 he began teaching at Kobe University, and founded the Bach Collegium in 1990. The group began giving concerts regularly in 1992, and made its first recordings three years later.
Reprise is a barbershop quartet assembled in 2001 at Brigham Young University. The singers, Tim Workman (tenor), Joel Gillsepie (lead), Rex Kocherhans (baritone), and Tad Harris (bass) are alumni of the internationally-renowned BYU Singers. Strangely enough for a barbershop, all are classically trained. The year of the group's conception (2001), Reprise won the MBNA America Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest held in Nashville, Tennessee with their renditions of the barbershop classics "What'll I Do?" and "Dinah".
Founded in 1991 by a group of six gay men, the London Gay Men’s Chorus is now, with around 190 singing members and over 230 members in total, Europe’s largest and best known gay chorus. After lowly beginnings in 1991 at Angel Underground station (where the station had to be closed due to the crowd that had gathered), the Chorus has performed around the UK and toured overseas in the United States, France, Italy, Canada, Ireland, Spain and Australia.
At least once a year, producer Frank Peterson retreats with his headphones to raid his extensive music collection in the search for new repertoire. It takes a lot of instinct and inspiration to choose the songs for a project like Gregorian. "Not every song is suited for the Gregorian sound scale," he explains, "so the songs have to be chosen very carefully for Gregorian." Luckily, Peterson's immense music knowledge seems inexhaustible and there are no limits to his creativity.
Duarte Lobo (1565? in Alcáçovas?-September 24, 1646 in Lisbon) was a Portuguese composer of sacred music. He was among the most prominent figures of the "golden age" of Portuguese polyphony, along with such names as Manuel Cardoso and Filipe de Magalhães. Lobo, also known under his latinized name Eduardus Lupus, began his musical career studying under the famous Manuel Mendes. He thence worked his way up to the position of mestre de capela at the Lisbon cathedral, one of the most prestigious musical appointments in Portugal.
Watoto means "The Children." The Watoto Children's Choir combines traditional african music with a contemporary gospel sound. The Choir tours the world raising awareness of orphaned children in Uganda, and raising funds for the Watoto Child Care Ministry which cares for orphaned children. The mission of Watoto is to raise the next generation of Ugandan leaders by placing parentless children in families where the necessary love, care, spiritual discipleship and physical needs are provided.
1) A professional chamber choir, founded and directed by Nigel Short. Often performing by candlelight, the choir creates an atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where medieval chant and renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary works. The carefully selected team of singers uses the acoustic and atmosphere of the building to enable the audience to experience the power and intimacy of the human voice at its best.
www.lowlyknights.com The Rifles EP, The Hollow EP , and The Even Keel EP available at www.lowlyknights.bandcamp.com www.twitter.com/lowlyknights The Lowly Knights are based in Belfast, and offer up hearty ramshackle folk tunes. They have shared the stage with The Divine Comedy, Mumford & Sons, Port O'Brien, Duke Special, Iain Archer, Matthew & The Atlas, Frightened Rabbit, and on a number of dates as support for Snow Patrol on their recent UK arena tour.
A world renowned choir from Uppsala Sweden. Sings all kinds of music in local events such as the "Caprice" which is a humouristic event with both serious vocal numbers as well as enterpretations of all kinds of music, both contemporary and older. The choir takes tours all around the world. It recently finished a tour i Japan.