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Juice, Vocal ensemble

Biography

Anna Snow (soprano), Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Kerry Andrew (alto).

Juice – named by The Times as 'the 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers' – is at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and the Roundhouse. In 2011, they made their US debut with concerts in New York and at the famed South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2007, they were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.

Juice’s debut album Songspin (Nonclassical, 2011) won an international Independent Music Award for Best Contemporary Classical Album in 2012. Featuring remixes by the likes of Camille producer MaJiker and Bjork collaborator Mikhail Karikis, it was reviewed by The Observer as ‘eighteen immaculately-achieved tracks, spanning Elisabeth Lutyens to Gabriel Prokofiev via folk song and avant garde‘. Of their second album, Laid Bare: Love Songs, BBC Music Magazine said, ‘these three are feisty, and will take on anything… the variety and virtuosity are astonishing and rewarding’. Their third album, a collaboration with David Thomas Broughton entitled ‘Sliding the Same Way’, was released September 2014. Juice are currently planning two new recordings for release in 2017 and 2018.

Music written by Juice has been used in choreography by Maurice Causey from the Nederlands Dans Theatre.  They also devised their own live vocal score to the 1916 film The Danger Girl (BFI Southbank, Latitude Festival, Kings Place with the Bird’s Eye View Film Festival).  Juice has performed with internationally-renowned beatboxers Shlomo and Beardyman, and performed live for a London College of Fashion Graduate Show. In 2015 and 2016 they took part in the Bascule Chamber Concerts, performed inside London’s Tower Bridge.

Juice regularly commissions new works: in 2010 alone, they commissioned 14 new pieces including their project Laid Bare: Love Songs. This saw Juice work with ten diverse UK-based composers including Gavin Bryars, Anna Meredith, Errollyn Wallen, folk singer Jim Moray and artpop star Micachu to create an utterly diverse songbook spanning fiendishly difficult contemporary writing to ethereal folk song settings.  These songs have been performed at The Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Kings Place, the City of London Festival, the National Portrait Gallery and the York Late Music Festival.

Juice are experienced and passionate music educators, bringing experimental a cappella vocal music (both performing and composing it) to groups of all ages and abilities around the country.  They were Ensemble-in-Residence at the universities of York and Ulster and have run workshops and longer projects at numerous other academic institutions.  From time to time they run youth projects for the likes of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Wigmore Hall, Live Music Now and Sound and Music.

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Discography

Songspin

Laid Bare: Love Songs

Sliding the Same Way

The North Project

The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars

Programmes

Hits! is an entirely new programme for voices and percussion, written entirely by juice and partly-devised by producer/beatboxer/body percussionist, MaJiKer.

Featuring works by juice (and MaJiKer)

This is the juice ‘classics’ programme and features crowd-pleasing vibrant pieces from our debut and critically acclaimed album, ‘Songspin’.

Including works by Gabriel Prokofiev, Paul Robinson and Elisabeth Lutyens

Anti-Love songs from composers, juxtaposed with juicy arrangements of ‘love song’ classics.

Anti-Love songs by Jim Moray, Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Roxanna Panufnik, Dai Fujikura and Anna Meredith

Love songs by Guns N’ Roses, Erasure, Mariah Carey, Dawn Penn and Rihanna.

A wintery programme full of snow, frost and ice. New juice arrangements of ancient carols, folk songs, winter pop/rock classics, next to contemporary carols by both established and up-and-coming composers 

Arrangements of pop/rock classics by Kate Bush, The White Stripes and Judy Collins

including works by Tarik O’Regan and Emily Hall.

A programme of spooky, unique songs for night-time, with fiendish reworkings of nursery rhymes, chilling American and British folk songs, and settings of poems from Shakespeare to Lydia Davis.

Songs about monks keeping the rats away, girls who become stars and naughty children meeting deliciously wicked ends.

Works by composers including Orlando Gough, David Lang, The Doors, and members of the ensemble

Reviews

The range of this new young vocal trio is immense...perfect pitch and an ear for the most apt harmony.

The Independent

Quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping.

The Times

Sassy, vibrant and enthralling, Juice possess more than enough rocket fuel in their vocal chords to transport listeners.

Irish Times

Astonishing variety, spark and brilliance.

The Observer

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