By Gayane Melikyan
11-04-2019
The 20th International Music Festival “Yerevan Perspectives” will be held
On April 29, at 19:30, Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall will host a concert entitled “Yerevan Perspectives” (20th Anniversary International Music Festival). The founder and president of the festival is composer Stepan Rostomyan.

“"Yerevan Perspectives” has opened a new page in Armenian music life, changing its reality over the past two decades and creating an environment that has never been like it before.

The opening of the festival will be with the performance by the British legendary vocal band “The Swingles”. In Yerevan, the band will perform with the program “Look Back” (ForWard), which is a glimpse of Swingle's 50-year magnificent musical history. It includes the works of the 60s and 70s singers, modern British favorites, Bach, Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles and more.

Historical overview of the band

The 50-year-old legendary vocal band The Swingles was formed in Paris by Ward Swingle. The first “Swinglers” were pop singers - Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf and Michel Legrand. Among them was his sister, Christine Legrand.

The group has gained world-wide recognition in 1960, having released of Johan Sebastian Bach's works remade for eight voices. Ella Fitzgerald, Yeahood Menuhi and others responded to their virtuoso singing.

The "Swingles" repertoire includes world classic, jazz, ethnic, modern music of all nations and times. Today, the band is composed of singers from Britain, the United States, Canada and Germany.

Swingle has been expanding its vocal music horizons for over half a century. They have also released soundtracks for Hollywood.

Reproduction of the voices of various musical instruments in human voice is their ability, which has been imitated by many performers over the decades, becoming a source of inspiration for many composers.

Luciano Berio in his sensational "Synphonia" revealed their voices by the orchestral classification. The group, with the same brilliance and great repercussions, continues to do that work throughout the world.

The latest performances were at San Francisco's Davis Concert Hall, Michael Tilson Thomas, London's Royal Festival Concert Hall, Vladimir Yurowski and Milan La Scala, John Axelrod.

In addition to their regular tours to North and South America, Europe and Asia, the band has been in King's Island for each January with its London Acapella Festival. In the British capital, the festival was the first of its kind, hosted by the world's most talented vocal masters.

Yerevan International Music Festival is under the patronage of the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. It is supported by the “My Step” foundation.