|dc.description||Chamber Music Series: Moira Smiley & VOCO
Location: A. F. Siebert Chapel
Moira Smiley & VOCO create lush arrangements of sweet, spell binding American and East European song, and light up the stage with rompin,’ stompin’ body percussion and warm wit.
Redefining harmony, singing with the power and physicality of folksong, the avant-garde fearlessness of Béla Bartók and vaudevillian combo of cello, accordion and banjo, Moira Smiley & VOCO were named the No. 1 a cappella group in the United States in 2007.
Called “fascinating and multi-lingual” by the LA Times, and “Persuasive, near perfect musicians” by the Herald Times, expect magnificent, hair-raising performances — music that mourns and dances at the same time.
VOCO was formed in 2006 as a five-piece group of singers and players, with an improvisational, and uniquely vocal, approach to American Eastern European folk music.
“The band is made up of spare ingredients,” Smiley says. “There’s usually cello, always body percussion, and everyone sings, of course. I write for three or four voices in harmony, and I play banjo and accordion.”
Their newest album, “Laughter Out of Tears,” was released September 15, 2014 on Whim Records.||en