Artistic License is a Barbershop quartet with a smooth sound, deep musicality and a lighthearted, professional style that audiences easily respond to. Dedicated to furthering the barbershop style and making it accessible to audiences everywhere, Artistic License is the 2011 champions of the highly-competitive Far Western District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an honor won in our very first attempt!
Members: Todd Kidder, Rich Brunner, Jason Dyer, Gabe Caretto
Setlist for 2015 Bay Area
Artistic License: A Very Artistic Christmas
This is the first recording release from this talented California quartet, and it's a great addition to any a cappella lover's holiday music library. It's a collection of new treatments of holiday favorites, full of lush harmonies and ringin' chords, and it was CARA nominated as the best Holiday Album of 2014. Highlights include: the gorgeous "White Christmas" featuring super-tenor Todd Kidder, the dramatic "I Wonder as I Wander", a sweet new treatment of Chris Rice's "Welcome to Our World", and a very touching rendition of "Joseph's Lullabye", featuring Gabe Caretto. Put your holiday spirits in the hands of Artistic License and they will deliver in a very genuine way!
Artistic License: Painting Outside the Lines
This highly-awaited release captures the Artistic License joy we've all seen in their live shows and lets you bring it home with you. This rising quartet has one of the most listenable sounds around and their attention to music detail is refreshing. It features lots of fresh arrangements by some of the very best young arrangers in the Society and the foursome treats each song like it's a gem. One of the neat things about this album is that each song is unique - it's not more and more of the same. Songs that stand out include: Sixteen Tons, where bass Jason Dyer lays down the law; Let's Just Stay In, a newish jazz tune that just says "comfortable love" all over it, I Can Only Imagine, where tenor Todd Kidder raises the (very high) roof; Everybody Wants to be a Cat, where the quartet combines Disney and barbershop and somehow turns it into an outrageous, swingin' party; and the closing Parting Glass, a traditional Irish tune that gets a lovely and thoughtful treatment. This is a very engaging group and this CD is a great addition to any a cappella lover's collection.