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Street Performers

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Check out VoiceBox’s upcoming show on the urban singing and performance landscape! Join urban designers John Matthew Francis and Ross Hansen, and Dr Paul Simpson, a human geography lecturer at Keele University UK, as they discuss the dynamic between outdoor performance spaces, vocal performers and audiences.

Here are some interesting examples of vocal performers who frequent the streets:
The Renaissance Singers of New York have sung a cappella on the streets since 1973! And not just any a cappella, but hymns, Psalms and other sacred 15th and 16th century music including works by Josquin des Prez (whom you met on Renaissance Man last month).


Did you know the Barenaked Ladies, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Sid Barrett all started off as buskers, singing on the streets? Here’s a short video of Paul McCartney busking in London:

This busker’s claim to fame is that he sings from inside a trash can in Cambridge city center. 30 year old Charlie Cavey is now one of 50 acts in a four-day celebration of street performance in Cambridge. He finds that he always attracts crowds because the people can’t figure out where the music comes from! 

Guitarist Zack Andrew plays classical pieces in the streets of Los Angeles. What does this have to do with vocal music, you ask? Well, he beatboxes along with it! Check it out here:

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