Perpetuum Jazzile

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Perpetuum Jazzile
http://www.perpetuumjazzile.si/
info@perpetuumjazzile.si
Krekov trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 31 631 002
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Managed byKulturno društvo Perpetuum Jazzile
Peder Karlsson, Artistic Director
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Boštjan Usenik, President and Manager
bostjan.usenik@perpetuumjazzile.si
Phone386 (0) 41 517 560
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Past Events
  • 24 July 2017
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at the Sun & Sound Festival at Arena Parco delle Rose in Grado/Gradež, Italy
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  • 15 July 2017
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Kasemattenbühne in Graz, Austria
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  • 13 July 2017
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Burgarena Finkenstein in Finkenstein/Bekštajn, Austria
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  • 29 April 2017
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Theater am Aegi in Hannover, Germany
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  • 25 March 2017
    Concerts by Perpetuum Jazzile at Congress Center in Villach/Beljak, Austria
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  • 3 March 2017
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Jufa Arena in Bleiburg/Pliberk, Austria
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  • 22 November 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Teatro Politeama Rossetti in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 21 November 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine in Udine/Videm, Italy
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  • 14 November 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at AK Kammersaal in Graz, Austria
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  • 20 August to 28 August 2016
    Concerts by Laibach, Siddharta, Perpetuum Jazzile, and Vlado Kreslin in Mali bogovi at Špancirfest at Kapucinski trg, Main Stage (Old Town) in Varaždin, Croatia
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  • 16 July to 17 July 2016
    Concerts by Perpetuum Jazzile at Burgarena Finkenstein in Latschach/Loče, Austria
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  • 9 July to 10 July 2016
    A workshop and concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Stadthalle in Aschaffenburg, Germany
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  • 14 March 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia
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  • 4 March 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Paris, at Casino de Paris in Paris, France
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  • 3 March 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Brussels, at Theater Elckerlyc in Antwerp, Belgium
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  • 2 March 2016
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Brussels, at Cirque royal in Brussels, Belgium
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  • 22 November 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at the Voices of Spirit 2015 at Halmut List Halle in Graz, Austria
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  • 21 November 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Kultursaal in Steinfeld, Austria
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  • 8 November to 9 November 2015
    Concerts by Perpetuum Jazzile at the Guangzhou Arts Festival 2015 at Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China
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  • 3 July 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at CMA Stift Ossiach in Ossiach, Austria
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  • 19 June 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Expo 2015 at Media Centre Expo in Milan, Italy
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  • 18 April 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Orpheum in Graz, Austria
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  • 28 February 2015
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Congress Center in Villach/Beljak, Austria
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  • 12 November 2014
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Stadsschouwburg in Antwerp, Belgium
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  • 2 November 2014
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile, supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia Munich, at Gasteig in Munich, Germany
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  • 31 October 2014
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at Haus Auensee in Leipzig, Germany
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  • 12 October 2014
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at the festival Café Budapest, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Budapest, at Vigadó in Budapest, Hungary
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  • 4 October 2014
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at the festival White Night at Pella Squar in Skopje, Macedonia
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  • 3 February 2014
    Vocal Ecstasy, a concert by the vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile, at Politeama Rossetti in Trieste/Trst, Italy
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  • 14 January 2014
    Vocal Ecstasy, a concert by the vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile, at Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt, Germany
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  • 11 January 2014
    Vocal Ecstasy, a concert by the vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile, at Basel Stadt Casino in Basel, Switzerland
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  • 5 March to 23 March 2013
    Perpetuum Jazzile touring the USA, supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Washington, in Bristol, Cleveland, Emporia, Joliet, Mason City, Milwaukee, Munhall, New York, Washington D.C., Wilmington, Youngstown, USA
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  • 16 August to 17 August 2012
    Concerts by Perpetuum Jazzile at the Real Group Festival 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden
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  • 4 August 2012
    A concert by Perpetuum Jazzile at the Ohrid Summer Festival 2012 at Antique Theatre in Ohrid, Macedonia
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  • 18 June to 28 June 2011
    Perpetuum Jazzile on tour in USA
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The vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile is comprised of both female and male singers, who perform songs without any instrumental accompaniment and therefore use various techniques, including vocal percussion, to cover all the elements in the music. Conducted by the renowned Swedish singer, arranger, and conductor, Peder Karlsson, the group mostly performs well-known pop songs, Slovene folk music, and gospel songs, which are re-arranged into different musical genres, such as jazz, bossa nova, funk and swing. The group became internationally popular with their performance of the song "Africa" (by Toto) in which the choir uses thunderstorm simulation effects inspired by the Kearsney College Choir from South Africa.

Background

The vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile was initially known as the Gaudeamus Chamber Choir, which was established by Marko Tiran in 1983. In 2001, music producer and choir conductor Tomaž Kozlevčar became the choir's conductor for 10 years until 2011, when the former member of the professional Swedish acapella ensemble the Real Group Peder Karlsson took over the artistic direction.

Repertoire

Perpetuum Jazzile mostly performs acappella arrangements of popular songs, such as "True Colors", "Killing me Softly", "Aquarela do Brasil" and medleys of songs by artists, such as the Bee Gees and Michael Jackson as well as some classical pieces, such as "The Flight of the Bumblebee" and a jazz version of Bach's "Badinerie", which is usually included in the choir's Christmas-time concert activities.

The choir's arrangements include an array of vocal elements, such as close harmony, vocal percussion and singing in many jazz styles. These vocal characteristics and musical orientation of Perpetuum Jazzile were also inspired by vocal groups such as the Singers Unlimited and the Swingle Singers.

International cooperation and performances

In 2011 the choir performed at many sold out venues around the world. Their World Tour included concerts in countries such as Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Canada and the USA. The choir also gave two humanitarian concerts at Ground Zero in New York City and at the UN building. Their concert repertoire included covers of songs by the Beatles, Van Halen, and Lady Gaga.

The choir occasionally includes jazz instrumentalists from the RTV Slovenia Big Band in their performances as well as Slovene pop stars, such as Alenka Godec, 6Pack Čukur, and Oto Pestner.

Perpetuum Jazzile cooperated with Swingle Singers founder Ward Swingle in the organisation of a vocal jazz seminar in Ljubljana. The choir also participated in the International Vocal Group Festival (Tilburg, Netherlands) and other international vocal group festivals and competitions such as Vokal.Total (Graz, Austria).

The main concert event organised by Perpetuum Jazzile is the yearly concert they host at Cankarjev dom in autumn. The event is entitled Vokal Xtravaganzza and features the choir's newest repertoire.

Recordings

The choir has released 5 CDs as well as one DVD recording of their live performance in Cankarjev dom, which includes the performance of the song "Africa". The first CD entitled When you come to Bled (Ko boš prišla na Bled) was released in 1999 and consists of songs arranged by Grammy Award winner and vocal arranger of the Singers Unlimited Gene Puerling. Mostly the recordings feature arrangements of popular music, including songs by Stevie Wonder as well as Slovene pop songs.

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