Since May 1st, 195 groups from around the world have been filling the streets of Moscow with a cappella and will keep singing through Sunday, May 12th. The Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival, now in it’s third season, is sponsored by the Moscow government, Moscow Seasons Street Festivals, and the office of the Mayor of Moscow.
A the end of the festival, champions will be named and impressive cash prizes will be awarded. Last year’s champion was Minnesota-based Six Appeal who earned the Grand Prix prize of 6.2 million rubles (approx US$100,000). Six Appeal returned to Moscow to defend their championship and were joined by eleven other US-based groups, including Face, Ball in the House, and Blue Jupiter.
To vote for these groups or any of your other favorites from around the world, voting is open until May 12. In addition to the Grand Prix prize, there are several other prizes based on group size. Fans can vote for groups once per day. As the competitors are saying – “don’t miss your chance to influence a Russian election!”
When the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival was first announced, it almost seemed too good to be true. The chance to perform in Russia? A huge prize? Dozen of incredible groups?
Turns out it IS the real deal and it’s now grown to over 190 groups.
In the Spring of 2018, Minnesota-based Six Appeal earned the most votes and ended up champions, bringing home a substantial cash prize. The win didn’t come without preparation and effort. For over a decade, Six Appeal has been putting in the work – long drives, tour fatigue, constant re-evaluation and improvement, and the never stop reaching for what they want while keeping their sense of humor. The work has paid off.
Learn a little more about this amazing group as they are on their way back to Russia to defend their title:
In addition to all of the great variety of a cappella you can hear ’round the clock here at Acaville Radio, we’re going to bring you some bonus releases each Tuesday to make sure you’re finding all of the latest and greatest this talented community has to offer.
Here are our favorites this week:
The a cappella tour from Disney edges closer, so why not find another reason to be excited. Check out this fun cover of “Trashin’ the Camp” from Tarzan.
A Cappella Academy Choir
Each summer, about 70 of the world’s most talented teen singers spend 10 days in Los Angeles learning from some of the best professionals in a cappella. The result is a pretty incredible concert, which always include a full choir performance. This year the choir debuted an original piece with music written by camp co-founder, Rob Dietz with lyrics by Stephanie Fischer. The intro and outro melody are taken from “The Lone Wild Bird”. Here is “Empire of Blue’:
P.S. Auditions for the 2019 Academy are open now.
The 2012 National Harmony Sweepstakes Champions and recent winners of the Moscow A Cappella Festival are know for their high energy stage show. Now you can have a little piece of that at home, in their latest live video release, “Some Kind of Wonderful.”