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Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015

Joe Offer 22 Feb 15 - 02:22 AM
GUEST,loujudson 22 Feb 15 - 09:47 PM
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Subject: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 02:22 AM

Subject: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Jan 15 - 06:57 PM

I haven't seen a mention in the papers, but he died last week.

Bach and friends

Looking at the videos on YouTube, he kept coming up with fresh new ideas until very soon before he died.

Subject: RE: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 25 Jan 15 - 07:24 PM

I think Bach would have been proud of him.

Subject: RE: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 25 Jan 15 - 07:35 PM

Radio 3 today talked about him quite a bit on
'The Choir'. Four Swingle pieces played too.
And also on the prog it's also worth listening to Am botham a bh'aig Fionnghuala -Ensemble: Anúna.

Subject: RE: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: pdq
Date: 25 Jan 15 - 07:45 PM

A San Francisco disc jockey, who had not read the album cover very well, called them the Single Swingers.

Subject: RE: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: GUEST,Stim
Date: 26 Jan 15 - 01:48 PM

Swingle did a lot of paradoxical things. He made ephemeral pop music out of timeless classics, he made "Serious" music amusing, he took Bach and 40's Be-Bop and created a music that sounded like the sixties, and he made complicated counterpoint seem simple and fun.

That "Swingle Singers" sound is one of those instantly recognizable musical signatures, and no matter how old it gets, it always sounds new and fresh. His music was made of musical devices that have been used and reused for 300 years, and yet it was original. One of the great and unique musical talents, and he will be much missed.

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Subject: RE: Obit: Ward Swingle, 1927-2015
From: GUEST,loujudson
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 09:47 PM

"The Swingle" are playing ocally next week, and I was stunned to find otu how far they have strayed form the original vision and sound. No bass or drums, alas, no jazz at all, merely pop and other odd a cappella. It may be fine singing, but not what I was expecting when I signed up to do sound that night, I'd be interested in other people opinions based on their website: They sound kind of like a xross* between Kitka and the House Jacks.. (*Xross was a typo but I kind of like it.)

The organization has one of the most stringent and unrealstic tour riders i have ever seen, if you have any idea about that look here: Swingles tour material
SIX HOURS tio get their stuff ready for a show?

I totally loved the Swingle Singers but in the past years they are not what I loved at all...

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