The Performing Arts Education Center at Calabasas High School
22855 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
• Abbe Road – Santa Susana High School
• Acasola – Cal State Northridge
• Legacy – Los Angeles Community Youth Group
• Resonance – University of California – Los Angeles
• ScatterTones – University of California – Los Angeles
• Take it SLO – Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
This year’s competition will consist of 3 themed rounds:
ROUND 1: Wall of Sound (6 Groups)
Using your voices, build a wall of sound with a purpose. Does your wall enclose, confine, block, or even protect? Whichever reason you choose, you have 8 minutes to show us why you built it.
ROUND 2: Texture (4 Groups)
What does it mean to feel music? Texture is commonly associated with our sense of touch, like running our hand over a smooth surface or pricking your thumb on a thorn. In music, texture refers to how the melody, harmonies, and rhythm fit and work together. You have 5 minutes to make us feel with our ears.
ROUND 3: 20 People, 1 Voice/Stand and Deliver (Final 2 Groups)
The beauty in a cappella lies in a group’s ability to create one voice. Without choreography, props, or any other distractions, stand and deliver one song that shows us YOUR group’s voice.
Abbe Road A Cappella has enjoyed a long history. When director Bevin Abbe began working at Santa Su, the school had a preexisting vocal jazz choir. However, she began to fall in love with the upcoming contemporary pop a cappella movement, and, over time, more arrangements began to find their way into the choir’s repertoire. What was once ‘jazz choir’ became Abbe Road A Cappella, a dynamic co-ed a cappella group.
Abbe Road has had the opportunity to sing at countless festivals and independent venues internationally, as well as the amazing honor of singing at Former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s funeral.
Abbe Road dresses in black as an homage to its vocal jazz tradition, and it is still informally referred to by students as Jazz Choir. Each year promises an ever changing personality with strong group vision and identity.
Abbe Road is thrilled to be able to compete at LAAF against such fantastic groups.
Acasola is California State University, Northridge’s premiere A Cappella group! Since their founding in 2006, they have recorded at Capitol Records with Corbin Bleu, appeared on ABC’s Castle, and were the 2016 Los Angeles A Cappella Festival winners!
Legacy is an auditioned community youth a cappella group made up of singers aged 13-18 from all over the greater Los Angeles area! Under the direction of Rob Dietz (The Sing-Off, Glee, A Cappella Academy), the group promotes both a high standard of musicianship, and a strong sense of community. Currently in its first year of existence, Legacy is excited to bring its unique arrangements and soulful sound to the LAAF competition stage!
Founded in 2012, Resonance began as a quintet and quickly grew in both size and sound, becoming one of the premiere vocal ensembles at UCLA. As one of the youngest groups on campus, Resonance has established itself with a unique sound and high level of musical excellence. In Resonance’s short history, the group has competed in UCLA’s largest, highly competitive musical showcase, Spring Sing, twice, as well as the 2015 LAAF Scholastic Competition. This year, Resonance will record its very first studio album and compete in the ICCA’s for the first time. Guided by their love for music and singing, they hope to have a lasting impact on the Los Angeles community, in addition to the entire a cappella community. Resonance is so excited to take the stage at LAAF this year!
The ScatterTones are a co-ed a cappella group hailing from the hills of Westwood, California. With every arrangement coming from a member of the group, you’ll never know what will hit the mic next. Rocking their signature colors, black and hot pink, the ScatterTones have opened for President Obama, accompanied Taylor Swift, won UCLA’s own singing competition Spring Sing, competed at the ICCAs, performed at the Hollywood Bowl, and are constantly gigging around the greater Los Angeles area! They are so excited to be competing at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival for the 6th consecutive year and hope you enjoy the show!
Take it SLO has been bringing a cappella to California’s Central Coast since 2003. Made up of students from every college at Cal Poly SLO, we strive for musical excellence and a unique style that touches our community and bonds us together as a family. Our style incorporates elements of classic barbershop harmony as well as a gospel-meets-club vibe. Our repertoire reflects this tension, including modern interpretations of Louis Armstrong and the Beatles alongside songs from Mapei and Sam Smith. This year we have been training up our 8 new members and are beyond stoked to compete with them.