SCALA AND KOLACNY BROTHERS: The Bones Of Sophistication

June 29, 2011

by CECILE CLOUTIER

(original article: http://www.npr.org)

June 21, 2011

Belgium’s Scala and musical directors Steven and Stejn Kolacny have proven that often, the best way to subvert a pop song is to have sweet-voiced teenage girls sing it en masse. Scala interpretations of songs like Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Radiohead‘s “Creep” show that those songs hold up to spare choral arrangements, and that hearing their lyrics vocalized by their target audience lends them a special poignancy.

The group’s take on the British electronic duo Lamb’s 1994 chillout ballad “Gorecki” is no exception. The original’s lush, sophisticated groove gets stripped down to its sleek bones and reinterpreted with spare piano, strings and shadowy percussion. In the process, the sophisticated jubilance of “Gorecki” is transformed into something more cautious and introspective.

Lyrically, it’s one thing for older-and-wiser Lamb vocalist Lou Rhodes to sing, “If I should die this very moment / I shouldn’t fear / Because I’ve known completeness / Like being here,” and another for two dozen adolescents to quietly proclaim it. It’s not that the realization of finding true love is terrible — far from it — but that it’s far more challenging to do so at 18 than at 28. It’s a realization that helps make Scala’s performance absolutely haunting.


JUSTIN HINES: “an inspiration to us all!”

June 28, 2011

‎”Justin Hines: Days To Recall” features the unforgettable Justin Hines, along with full orchestral accompaniment, performing original songs and familiar tunes from the folk music era. Powerful vocals and vibrant stage presence make Justin a captivating performer, inspiring and uplifting his audience with his signature folk-pop blend of light-hearted music with a positive message. People magazine called Justin “a wonderful artist and an inspiration to us all”. This August, find out why!