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Oolation! singers at Mammoth Basin in free vocal concert

August 3, 2012

The Oolation! singers, a group of unique and powerful young singers from across the country who live in the mountains above the Mono Basin for two intense weeks of singing, percussion, and performance, bring their show to the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center this Sunday evening (Aug. 5).

It's one of those can't-miss shows, unique to the mountains, and it's free.

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the patio, and organizers say it would be a good idea to bring a seat or arrive early to get one.

The group promises a summer vocal experience that carries folk-inspired choir music from the great outdoors to the stage. The teenage and young adult members of Ooolation! are under the guidance of some highly gifted performers and composers, they launch a show with soaring melodies, transcendent harmonies, and vivid vocal and percussive textures.

Director and hammer dulcimer virtuoso, Malcolm Dalglish is a choral composer who also plays spoons, bones, and—get this!— his face.

A founding member of the popular folk trio Metamora, Malcolm has made over 12 recordings, including solo offerings on the Windham Hill Label. Choirs throughout the world have commissioned his music, and he performs with them everywhere from schools and festivals to Carnegie Hall.

Joshua Stephen Kartes is a freelance composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, musical director, vocal coach, and clinician currently based in New York City. Visual artist/singer Naomi Dalglish brings visual effects and choreography to this show.

Multi-talented performer Rachel Schlafer-Parten joins the staff again this year. Her experience (vocal, instrumental, and movement) ranges from early music to jazz ensemble, classical trio to theater, and mime to modern dance. Joining the staff this year is percussionist, Liz Wu who performs in a variety of Jazz styles, including Straight-ahead, Bossa Nova and Afro-Cuban Jazz. Her playing style is melodic, lyrical, and original.

This year promises a seasoned ensemble of singers in love with the Eastern Sierra, singing, percussion, dancing and quite a magnificent array of songs to the earth and our world.

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