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Moira Smiley + VOCO [feat. Karla Mundy + Dawn Pemberton]
St James Community Hall
Vancouver, BC
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Moira Smiley + VOCO [feat. Karla Mundy + Dawn Pemberton]
Monday March 2, 2020 in The Mel Lehan Hall
3214 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Doors Open 7:00 PM  |  Show 7:30 PM
Tickets: $30 general |  $25 students & seniors

In March, 2020, Moira Smiley's vocal quintet, VOCO brings together five wildly gifted singers and song leaders from across North America to sing and stomp together - a cappella!   Grounding VOCO's signature female harmony are two virtuoso male singers, and all together they lift up Moira's soulful, joyous original songs and a delicious selection of ancient folk songs.

These dynamic voices also come together to inspire YOU to step up and sing with your whole being, and to open your ears to styles and sounds less familiar to North American audiences.  Each singer is steeped in separate but overlapping vocal traditions - jazz, classical and folk genres meet as they collaborate.  

Moira's folk song collecting (and Karla Mundy's also) in Eastern Europe, Ireland and the Appalachians bring wild, unusual colors and rhythms, while Moira's songwriting brings it all into beautifully crafted American music. VOCO's improvisation, body percussion, modal folk melodies and joyous rhythms light up the stage. Named #1 a cappella group in the U.S. in 2007, Moira Smiley has been leading VOCO in performances that combine the energy of street singing and the elegance of a string quartet.

VOCO has been called:
"Fascinating and multi-lingual" - The LA Times
"Persuasive, near perfect musicians" - The Herald Times
"Gritty and ethereal, banjo to Bartók" - The Village Voice.

Jake Asaro, Gregory Fletcher, Karla Mundy, Dawn Pemberton, Moira Smiley


Moira Smiley is a Singer / Composer who creates and performs new work for voices.  A musical polyglot, and vocal shape-shifter, her voice  and composing - are heard on feature films, BBC & PBS television programs, NPR, and on more than 60 albums. She accompanies herself with banjo, accordion, piano and percussive movement, and when shes not leading her own group, moira smiley & VOCO, Moira has toured with Indie artist tUnE-yArDs, Irish super-group, Solas, The Lomax Project and Billy Childs Laura Nyro Re-Imagined.  Shes also toured with Paul Hilliers Theater of Voices and KITKA. A well-known choral composer (recent commissions include Los Angeles Master Chorale, Ad Astra Festival, ACDA) and arranger, there are millions of singers around the world singing her works. In 2018, she released a solo album and choral songbook called Unzip The Horizon.

Karla Mundy is a vibrant, soulful and diverse vocalist, pianist, arranger and choir leader. She conducts community choirs in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Bowen Island and Nanaimo. Karla leads harmony singing workshops and performs extensively throughout BC and Alberta. She also organizes workshops and music trips through her organization SongRoots.
She is a founding member of The Shirleys, an all-female a capella sextet; TriVo, a vocal trio with Brian Tate and Dawn Pemberton; and Plough, an old-time string quartet. Karla specializes in vocal traditions and rhythms, and is passionate about getting music off the page and learning to embody the rhythm of the music.

Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and go to girl for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say Go head!

Gregory Fletcher is a versatile, award-winning artist thriving in the greater Los Angeles area. As a vocalist originally from Californias Inland Empire, he has become a multifaceted musician, obtaining session work in various musical genres including R&B, jazz, gospel, pop, classical, musical theater and folk. Gregory has recently finished his studies at the prestigious Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach, focusing his education towards a degree in Jazz Studies. Fletcher has received numerous accolades over the years, including a full tuition Jenkins Scholarship, two Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival soloist awards, and the chance to perform around the world, spanning from the Monterey Jazz Festival, multiple ACDA and JEN conventions, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, to venues in Europe including St. Pauls Cathedral in London and the Eisteddfod competition in Llangollen, Wales. He has performed alongside world-renowned artists including The New York Voices, M-Pact, Kurt Elling, House Jacks as well as R&B artist Ledisi and American Soul band Frankie Beverly and Maze.

Jake Asaro holds a Bachelor's of Choral/Vocal Music Education from CSULBs Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He currently works as a freelance conductor and vocalist in the LA and OC area. Jake is an Associate Conductor with the South Bay Childrens Choir in Torrance, as well as leading a choir of Honda employees called the Sounds of Honda. As a choral vocalist he sings with LA-based social justice choir, Tonality, led by Dr. Alexander Blake and the OC based Meistersingers led by Brian Dehn. Jake has also worked as a studio singer for several projects, including the recent film Dark Encounters by Strathie Studios.


St James Community Hall (View)
3214 W 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC K2L V62


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Choral
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Oct 29, 2010
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