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Intimate, witty and intelligent songsters, the award-winning Irrationals, are an a cappella ensemble acclaimed for their rich, complex vocal style. The delicious blending of their voices has been described as "cafe mocha for the ears." Singing together for almost twelve years, this six-member, Berkeley-based group is praised for its harmonic excellence and diverse repertoire. The Irrationals often perform songs about the unpredictable. They are dazzled by the irrationality of love, awed by the intuitive nature of life and intrigued by things that don't make sense.

The Irrationals' sound has an African American foundation that is used to explore pop, R&B, jazz, folk and rock. A core blend of three soulful women enhanced by bass, tenor and percussive vocal elements creates an exquisitely layered melodic mix. Whether it's Stevie Wonder with a rap twist, Annie Lennox, Talking Heads, the Neville Brothers or a romantic folk song, the Irrationals are playful, distinctive and sometimes irreverent.

Members: Renee Hays, Gwen Mc Elwee, Tim Lukaszewski, Chris Sanborn, Matt Skinner

9th Cabaret

The 9th Cabaret is an a cappella trio consisting of Glenn Myles and his two daughters. They sing nostalgic music of the 20s, 30s and 40s as well as original songs. They've been performing for 12 years and are highly sought after as entertainment for private parties. They also have been featured at such events as the Black and White Ball, Hall of Flowers for KJAZ, the KRE "Hot Fun in he Summer" concert series and Chez Panisse in Berkeley on New Year's Eve.

Members: Glenn Myles, Michelle Myles, La Reva Myles Ratoosh

About Face

About Face is the a cappella version of the 7-piece dance band by the same name, whose unique vocal blend and engaging stage presence make this group one of the most sought-after acts in the Bay Area. The members have been making a name for themselves in the local community through appearances on local radio and TV, as well as capturing prizes for "Best Original Arrangements" and "Best Bay Area Group" in the 1990 Harmony Sweepstakes. They appeared on the TV show "Big Break" in December 1990. Their varied repertoire includes works by such artists as Sam Cook, the Police, and the Jackson 5, as well as original songs penned by gifted writers Mat Silverman and Murry Orrick.

Members: Mat Silverman, Murry Orrick, Stan Johnson, Laurie Jones


Baysics has been making a cappella funk/jazz music since the summer of '89. They are a group of reserved yet passionate musicians, and as such, have assembled a repertoire that is both sophisticated and gutsy. Last year, after winning the Best Original Arrangement award at their Harmony Sweepstakes debut, Baysics went on to win the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival.

Members: Beth Puryear, Emiko Okada, Martin Puryear, Dan Dermer, Scott Douglas

The Genuine Diamelles

This psychedelic glee club usually plays acoustic instruments, although their frequent club gigs are about one-third a cappella.

Members: Scott Young, Debbie Tennerino, Smelley Kelley, Junglebook

Girls’ Night Out

These three sisters-in-song have dazzled audiences for six years. Perennial favorites at such events as the Sausalito Art Festival, they also appear regularly at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley.

Members: Donna Turner, Maggie Catfish, Carol Joy Harris


Moonlighting formed in May 1990. The group's members first got to know each other through various singing groups in student musical activities, vocal at UC Berkeley. The love of singing draws them together.

Members: Keith Barlowe, Kara Ciraulo, Hal Brunette, Suszi Lurie, Jon Spencer


PMS has been pleasing audiences with a special blend of harmony since 1985 when they took their music skills out of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and into the Jazz and contemporary music scene. The group as international fans after two European tours, which included the Music Festival in West Berlin and the International Jazz Vocal Festival in Crest France. PMS has also been invited to the renowned Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and has played the major clubs of Paris and Berlin along such accomplished jazz figures as Bob Dorough and Elisabeth Caumont. When not traveling, you can catch them at Kimball's, The Great American Music Hall, Wolfgang's, the Chi-Chi Club, Roland's and other Bay Area locations.

Members: Pat Bregant, Mary Lambert, Sandy Noltimier

Ultra Violet

UV is a trio of women whose love for a cappella music brought them together. With varied interests and diverse musical backgrounds in gospel, classical, jazz and barbershop, UV delivers a unique and vibrant blend.

Members: Bonnie Fraenza, April Berger, Kerry Harp

Vocal Point SF

Vocal Point was formed in 1989 as a jazz quartet at their high school in Grass Valley. Between then and now, the group has performed in the Soviet Union, done three standing-room-only concerts in their hometown and undergone several personnel changes.

Members: Mike Blanchard, Chris Miller, Nat Perry-Thistle, Becky Kneubuhl, Lisa Dowling

What Now

What Now is a student-run, 12-member, high school a cappella group from the Branson School. The group was founded two years ago, and, as members graduate, new students are recruited to fill the empty ranks - Wiffenpoofs watch out! What Now has performed at various schools and private parties throughout the Bay Area.

Members: Delee Har, Matt Bowden, George Petersen, Jeremy Kirk, Ian Kirk, Chris Gewald

Woogie Women

On a vacation in SF in 1987, Andrea and Rebecca did some spontaneous singing on board a cable car and caused such a sensation, they were compelled to put together a performing vocal group. Back home in Manhattan, they added Lizz and the trio dazzled audiences on the streets at Rockefeller University, in central park, at sorority clubs and private parties, on the radio, at Ultra Violet's book publishing ceremony, and on the Manhattan subway. The group broke up when the members' "careers" took them far away from New York, and by coincidence, they all ended up in San Francisco! Combining opera, musical theater and musical education, the Woogiw Women have thus regrouped and expect to be playing private parties, cable cars and BART in the bay Area!

Members: Andrea Thornock, Rebecca Sowers, Lizz Hodgin


North Shore A Cappella

For the last 26 years, North Shore Acappella has entertained and excited thousands of listeners throughout the Boston area, adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo to songs from the 40's right up through today. This special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore Acappella is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire of hundreds of popular hits that cover the last five decades. Each number and performance is arranged in a way that showcases each member in a role of lead singer - a trait that very few acappella groups in the country can claim.

Members: Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, Richie Willis


Back to Back

Back to Back sings a wide variety of a cappella vocal music from old standards to contemporary dance tunes. Their dynamic blend enhances their unique arrangements. The sound is topped off with a lot of charisma, which makes for a memorable performance. This Chicago-based group is compromised of six musicians whose professions range from student to teacher to businessman. Their love for music brought them together to form "Back to Back."

Members: Doug Anderson, David Cannon, Karyn Carbray, Joyce Lyons, Kristy Smith, Mike Sparnhour

Los Angeles

Vocal Motion

Vocal Motion is a unique a cappella group comprised of six versatile vocalists who carefully blend musicianship and entertainment. In addition to their vocal abilities, each member is a composer and arranger, three group members are Grammy award winners, and one is a Grammy nominee. Equally adept on the concert stage and in the recording studio, Vocal Motion is capable of performing virtually every style of music. Individually and collectively, Vocal Motion has sung at over 10,000 recording sessions, 1,000 national commercials, countless TV shows and major motion pictures, and albums with or for artists as varied as Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Sergio Mendes, Michael Bolton, Lionel Ritchie, Crystal Gayle, Peter Cetera, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Ronnie Milsap, Air Supply, Joe Sample, Water Becker, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart and David Byrne. Vocal Motion is the sound and energy to capture the spirit of the 90's.

Members: Randy Crenshaw, Angie Jaree, Peter Hix, Bob Joyce, David Joyce, Patti Linsky

New Orleans

The Friendly Travelers

The Friendly Travelers are veteran singers who have been singing for over 30 years, since 1959. They sing for the joy of singing and to share God's praises throughout the entire world. The Friendly Travelers sing gospel exhilaration music ranging from new songs they have written themselves to old standard tunes they have rearranged.

Members: Alfred Penns, Cornell C. Williams, L.D. Hiriams, Floyd Turner, Derwin Perkins

Rocky Mountain

The Diners

Formed 2 ˝ years ago by placing a classified ad in a local newspaper, The Diners have carved a niche for themselves in the Denver music scene. Featuring five strong voices, they perform everything from classic rock and original music to some of the best Doo-Wop of the past 30 years. Besides their busy stage schedule, they have also written and recorded jingles for restaurants and radio stations, and have been featured numerous times on Denver television stations. The Diners regularly perform at a variety of local nightclubs as well as for public and private events.

Members: David Avrin, Bob Lutz, Chris Rhodes, Jeff King, Paul Collier

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