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The popular Slovak vocal group Close Harmony Friends, well-known for transforming famous songs into stunning polyphonic arrangements without the assistance of a single instrument, will perform in concert on Thursday, February 15 in Bratislava. Along with its older vocal compositions, the group will also present songs off their recently released fourth CD A Cappella Light.
The Close Harmony Friends consist of four ladies and five men singing both in English and Slovak, whose beautiful voice harmonisation is ironically known more abroad than at home. Established in 1990 by Mario Fančovič, the group is among the few European ensembles to successfully perform with pure vocal arrangements in their own "light style".


The Close Harmony Friends cover surprising numbers like the Beach Boys' Kokomo.
photo: Courtesty the CHF

The popular Slovak vocal group Close Harmony Friends, well-known for transforming famous songs into stunning polyphonic arrangements without the assistance of a single instrument, will perform in concert on Thursday, February 15 in Bratislava. Along with its older vocal compositions, the group will also present songs off their recently released fourth CD A Cappella Light.

The Close Harmony Friends consist of four ladies and five men singing both in English and Slovak, whose beautiful voice harmonisation is ironically known more abroad than at home. Established in 1990 by Mario Fančovič, the group is among the few European ensembles to successfully perform with pure vocal arrangements in their own "light style".

Devoted to a rather specific groups of listeners, the group's first three CDs featured Black-American spirituals, popular English-Slovak Christmas carols, and the background vocals to famous Slovak jazz singer Jana Kocianová. The new CD, however, is an attempt to broaden their audience by performing tunes pleasing to a wider variety of listeners.

The A Cappella Light album offers interesting arrangements of songs from various artists. Lemon Tree by Fools Garden, Seaside Rendezvous by Queen, Kokomo by The Beach Boys, Honey Pie and Drive My Car by The Beatles, and Short People by Randy Newman are all covered on the album. Each piece includes vocal percussion and plenty of solo performances, particularly during Ebony & Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, I Can't Sit Down by George Gershwin and more others.

The live concert starts at 19:00 on Thursday, February 15 at Dom Kultúry Ružinov (Culture House Ružinov) on Ružinovská 26. Tickets cost 100 Sk and can be purchased at the door, however organisers warn that seating is limited and urge interested parties to purchase tickets in advance at the culture house on weekdays between 12:30 and 17:00.

By Zuzana Habšudová

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