Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Capella sensation SONOS transforms Radiohead, the Jackson Five, others at the Iron Horse Mon 2/8 at 7PM

SONOS makes their Iron Horse debut on Monday, February 8th at 7PM. Graduates of the US college choral scene, they’re giving a capella a contemporary makeover turning songs by Rufus Wainwright, Fleet Foxes, Imogen Heap, Björk, Radiohead, and others into strange steam-punk Gregorian chants and solemn mantras for sonic cathedrals.

It's been said that voice is the original instrument. The a cappella group Sonos, UCLA grads who’ve gone pro, takes this idea to a new level. Sonos isn't your typical glee club. They formed out of America's flourishing college a cappella community. Aside from its novel vocal techniques, and even some electronic manipulation, they’ve also cultivated a modern repertoire: unique renditions of music by Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, Bjork, Imogen Heap and more. Prepare to be stunned by these stripped-down, sparse, white winter hymnals. Their rendition of the Jackson 5's “I Want You Back” comes from a different place, transfigured, trip-hopped beyond all recognition.

After a short set as part of the Northampton Arts Council’s annual Silver Chord Bowl (always a sell-out) on Sunday at Smith College, you’ll have a chance to see SONOS in a full concert on their own in their Iron Horse debut on Monday, February 8th at 8PM.

Tickets are available at Northampton Box Office (NBO) at 76 Main St., by phone at 413-586-8686, and online at IHEG.com.

Hey, look. SONOS is not only a palindrome but reads upside down too.

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