Swingle Singers open Al Bustan Festival Tuesday evening.
Photo by Carla Halal, courtesy of Al Bustan
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Founded by Ward Swingle in swinging 1962, the London-based vocal ensemble specialized in instrument-free renderings of the vocal and instrumental works of JS Bach.Many of the Swingle's best-loved Bach settings have a swinging jazz inflection and their harmonizing works as well with a Paul Simon (and Garfunkel) or Lennon-McCartney number, a contemporary pop or traditional folk tune.While individual vocalists expressed due reverence to JSB, the 2018 iteration of The Swingle Singers seem more enthusiastic about contemporary pop tunes they've arranged for a cappella, including a couple of in-house compositions.Al Bustan's program included a number folk tunes arranged for contemporary voice and among the show stoppers was an ensemble setting of the Finnish traditional number "Bucmis," which returned Sara Davey to center stage.
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