New York Voices

    Genre : Jazz Vocal

    Perform on:
    Saturday March 5, 2011
    Semeru Garuda Indonesia Hall
    Sunday March 6, 2011
    C1 PAC Hall

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About This Act :

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary in 2009, New York Voices is the Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing. Like the great groups that have come before, such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and Manhattan Transfer, they have learned from the best and taken the art form to new levels. Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R and B, classical, and pop influences are infused with equal creativity and authenticity.

The group was formed in 1987 by Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge, Kim Nazarian, Caprice Fox and Sara Krieger. By way of explanation, Darmon, Peter, Kim and Caprice attended Ithaca College in NY and were part of an invitational alumni group formed to tour the European Jazz Festivals in the summer of '86. As a result of this exciting experience, the idea of forming a professional group was born. In 1989 they would sign their first record deal with GRP Records and release their self titled debut album, New York Voices. The group received rave notices and quickly received domestic and international recognition in the Jazz World. From '89 to '94, they released four total CDs on the GRP Label, Hearts of Fire, What's Inside, and The Collection.

While recording for GRP, they underwent personnel changes. In 1992, Sara Krieger retired her chair, and after auditioning over 60 vocalists from all over the U.S., the group found Lauren Kinhan. There was an immediate chemistry in fit and sound, allowing the group to make a quick transition and become the "new" New York Voices. Lauren's first musical contributions can be heard on NYV's third CD, What's Inside, released in May of 1993. In early 1994, Caprice Fox left the group, forever fixing NYV as the quartet it is today.

Besides their own CDs, NYV has made many guest appearances on recordings and live performances that have earned them critical acclaim and demand in a variety of musical settings. You can find their performances on such CDs as the Grammy Award winning, Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices, Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG Records), the Latin Grammy Award winning, Brazilian Dreams with the great Paqito D'Rivera, the contemporary classical, The Ancient Tower (Robert Lepley - EarthBeat Records), Heirs to Jobim (BMG Records), Don Sebesky's, I Remember Bill (BMG), Jim Hall's, By Arrangement (Telarc), A Love Affair - the Music of Ivan Lins (TELARC), Irving Berlin's, Louisiana Purchase (DRG), and many more. They have had the pleasure of performing with a number of influential jazz artists including Ray Brown, Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, The Count Basie Orchestra, George Benson, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, the Boston Pops, The Metropole Orchestra, Ivan Lins, Paquito D'Rivera, and many more.

In early 1997 they traveled down a different road, paying tribute to a contemporary composer which produced, New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon. They explored and used a variety of styles to express new turns on this singer/songwriter's rich songbook. Says All Music Guide, "The arrangements are brighter and brassier than Simon's originals, but there's a real charm to the performances that makes it a thoroughly entertaining experience."

In 2001, New York Voices released their sixth CD entitled Sing, Sing, Sing. After many years of performing with the Count Basie Orchestra, the group wanted to address the great Big Band song book and offer their own spin. With Darmon doing the lion's share of the vocal and big band arrangements, they hired the producing talents of Elliot Scheiner (Manhattan Transfer, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) to capture the music and mix it with his exquisite precision and care. Other guest big band arrangers are the great Micheal Abene and Rob Mounsey. As reviewed by Don Heckman of the LA times, "The title track quickly lays down what to expect from the balance of the program: complex, interwoven vocal lines, interactive improvising and brisk ensemble accompaniment. And revivalist swing fans - both players and listeners - would do well to check out the Voices' capacity to bring a contemporary quality to classic material without sacrificing the essence of either."

In recent years, they have been called upon by the Boston Pops to bring a new edge to the Pops Orchestra circuit. They have a full program of Big Band arrangements which they have toured with the Boston Pops and many other prominent Orchestras all over the United States. Says Jannelle Gelfand of The Cincinnati Enquirer, "The group's incomparable blend, hip delivery and great arrangements resulted in one swinging party. Their four-part harmonizing was so close, it was hard to tell where one voice ended and another began." They also have a program of music from the Baby Boomer period. In this program, you'll likely hear music from the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, the Mammas and the Papas and the Carpenters, to name a few.

In 2005 they created a spectacular Christmas program with the Boston Pops and did an extensive tour throughout the U.S. The Boston Pops continues to call on New York Voices for new works and guest appearances.

2007 marks the release of their 7th studio CD, A Day Like This. They went back to their tradition of mixing things up; Brazilian influences, swinging trio numbers and a couple Big Band romps. They also included a handful of original songs from the members, a particular strong suit for this multi-talented ensemble. Says All About Jazz LA, "a sumptuous collection of vocal harmonic heavenǠthe vocals are a Whitman's Sampler of various flavors and tastes, richer than a dark chocolate bon bon."

NYV has traveled the globe with their elegant music, amazing audiences the world over with their impeccable voices and stunning arrangements. "Live, they're just as impressive to witness," says Mathew Lurrie of Time Out Chicago. "We dare say there may be no better way to understand the wit and wink of jazz harmony than via these Voices." They have appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note (Japan, NYC), The Austria Opera House, The Zurich Opera House, and the list goes on. They have been seen at the many jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz and Blues Heritage Festival.

Along with their extensive concert performances and recording dates, NYV also works in the field of education, giving workshops and clinics to high school and college music students. They debuted the first annual New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp in the summer of 2009, partnering with Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The camp was attended by people from 8 countries around the globe and ages ranging from 13 to well into their 50's. The four singers each direct their own choir, while offering a wide array of classes during the 6 day intensive. To find out more about the camp, visit

Individually, the four members are involved in a variety of projects including solo performances, recordings, teaching, writing and arranging. To learn more about them visit their bio pages at and their websites Kim, Darmon, Peter and Lauren.