NOTA has had some vocal changes in the last couple of months. We welcome Brian Parker (bass), Matt Wulf (baritone) and Angela Lett (soprano) and we look forward to singing with them at the Protect Sudbury Benefit Concert in February
Matt Ettore, founder of None of the Above, has decided to officially retire from the group. After thirteen years of starting and then growing the group and seeing it exceed way beyond his initial expectations (awards, radio and TV appearances, a CD), Matt has decided to depart in order to explore new musical territories. He has started a new venture in the world of audio production with Willow Pond Productions. And who knows what else Matt will be creating in the future. Whatever that is, we wish him all the best and are sure that we’ll be meeting up again in the Boston aca-community! As for None of the Above, we will continue with some changes of our own (stay tuned!)
NOTA will make its sixth appearance at Battle of the Blends in Lewiston, ME. The concert will feature 5 other acappella groups from all over New England to raise money for the Maine Music Society. November 5, 2016 – 7:30pm. Visit Maine Music Society for more information.
A CAPPELLA DOUBLE DOWN:
TUCKERMANS AT 9, NONE OF THE ABOVE AT GARRISON PLAYERS ARTS CENTER
FOR RELEASE APRIL 16, 2016
CONTACT: Mark Miller (603) 749-5044 office, (603) 767-9249 mobile
The Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) in Rollinsford, NH, can fairly be called “cozy”. But this late 19th century grange hall-cum-performance space is plenty big enough for not one but two a cappella groups: Tuckermans at 9 (top) and special guest None Of The Above (bottom) on April 30 at 8pm.
“This is our ninth year in a row at GPAC,” says Tuckermans at 9 founder and baritone Mark Miller of Dover. “It’s one of our favorite places to perform… the sound is great and the Garrison Players are always so welcoming. And this year we’re pleased to welcome the amazing, Boston area-based None Of The Above to open the show!”
Since 2004, Tuckermans at 9 – called “T9” for short by fans – has performed contemporary a cappella versions of well-known pop, rock, blues, and light jazz, mostly from the 1960s to today. Voices make all the music, including what sounds like brass, electric guitars, or drums. Like T9, octet None Of The Above (NOTA), formed in 2003, uses no instruments or pre-recorded instrumental tracks. As the group’s name implies, NOTA sings an eclectic mix: early polyphony, cutting-edge modern harmony, familiar folk songs, uplifting spirituals, catchy pop tunes, and lush jazz standards. The group performs thoughout New England and was one of eight finalists on WGBH-TV’s “Sing That Thing!” in 2015.
New material in the T9 pipeline includes Rockapella’s heart-tugging “Don’t Tell Me You Do”, The Beatles’ “A Little Help from My Friends” a la Joe Cocker, and the moody Motown classic “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. Adds Miller, “We’ll also offer Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’, ‘Drift Away by Dobie Gray, and a medley of hits by the indie band Fun.” NOTA’s set list includes “When You’re Good to Mama” from the Broadway smash “Chicago”, “Mirrorball” by Elbow and Vienna Teng’s “Harbor”, and the group’s own take on jazz standards “Straighten Up and Fly Right” and “This Could Be the Start of Something Big”. “And,” reminds Miller, “every note is a cappella!”
Rounding out T9’s New Hampshire roster are soprano Ashley Gove (Nashua), altos Kam Damtoft (Durham) and Fran Lipe (New Durham), tenor Walt Porter (Brentwood), bass Bill Hersman (Durham), and vocal percussionist Tim Bull (Hampton). Sound technicians are Tony Berke (Exeter) and Kevin Consaul (Nashua).
Tuckermans at 9 Rockin’ A Cappella with special guest None Of The Above; 8pm; The Garrison Players Arts Center, 650 Portland Avenue, Rollinsford, NH, corner of Route 4 and Roberts Road. Plenty of free parking. Tickets: under 18 $15, adult $18 at garrisonplayers.org and at the door. T9 info: tuckermansat9.com and facebook.com/TuckermansAt9. NOTA info: noneabove.org or on Facebook at bit.ly/1SJYzR3
BIG NEWS! NOTA has been selected to compete on WGBH’s new TV show “Sing That Thing!”. More details to follow! http://www.wgbh.org/artsdrama/Sing_That_Thing_Main.cfm
None of the Above will appear on WERS 88.9 FM’s All A-cappella Show as part of the station’s live music week – April 5 – 13. The show airs on Saturdays and Sunday from 2 to 4pm. Live streaming available WERS’s website or via the Tune In app for iOS and Android.
None of the Above is delighted to compete at the 30th annual Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes at Tufts Univerity’s Cohen Auditorium.