Taipei Male Choir & Ringmasters“Barbershop”
Venue: Concert Hall
Rasmus + Taipei Male Choir
Limu, Limu, Lima! Swedish folk song, arr. Rasmus Krigström
Hej Dunkom! Swedish folk song, arr. Per Jonas Fredrik Vilhelm Svedbom
Tonight, Tonight words and music by Leonard Bernstien, arr. by Jay Giallombardo
Java Jive words and music by Ben Oakland & Milton Drake, arr. by Bluegrass Student Union
Blackbird words and music by Paul McCartney, arr. by Emanuel Roll
Smile words and music by Charlie Chaplin, arr. by Tom Gentry
Khorumi music by Mamia Khatelishvili
You Can Fly words and music by Sammy Cahn & Sammy Fain, arr. by Clay Hine
Rasmus + Taipei Male Choir
Come Fly With Me words by Sammy Cahn, music by Jimmy Heusen, arr. Kevin Keller
My Funny Valentine words by Lorenzo Hart, music by Richard Rodgers, arr. Jim Clancy
When I Fall in Love words by Edward Heyman, music by Victor Young, arr. Jay Giallombardo
In the Still of the Night words and music by Cole Porter, arr. Jim Clancy
I Get Around words and music by Brian Wilson & Mike Love, arr. by Rasmus Krigström
Jazz Me Blues words by Povel Ramel, music by Tom Delaney, arr. by Rasmus Krigström
59th Street Bridge Song words and music by Paul Simon, arr. by Kevin Fox
Kung Liljekonvalje words by Gustaf Fröding, music by David Wikander, arr. by Rasmus Krigström
All Shook Up words and music by Otis Blackwell & Elvis Presley, arr. by Ryan Ahlwardt
Notre Dame Medley words and music by Alan Menken & Steven Schwartz, arr. by Aaron Dale
Ringmasters + Taipei Male Choir
It’s Alright words and music by Curtis Mayfield, arr. Rasmus Krigström
It is Well with My Soul words by Horatio Gates Spafford, music by Philip Paul Bliss, arr. David Harrington
Midnight Hour words and music by Steve Cropper & Wilson Pickett, arr. Staffan Paulson
Amazing Grace Traditional American melody, words by John Newton, arr. Doug Harrington & Rasmus Krigström
Conductor, Rasmus Krigström
Rasmus has a head made for barbershop. It contains the harmonies for over 150 tags, and Rasmus never misses an opportunity to sing them out, with old and new friends alike.
He has found good use for this uncanny ability in his work as an arranger. In between supplying up and coming quartets he has also penned a few of Ringmasters’ own numbers.
As meticulous about structure in the real world as he is in the world of music, Rasmus holds regular meals and daily routines sacred. He might sound a bit square, but you can depend on Rasmus to turn into the roundest of pegs whenever there’s a party.
Taipei Male Choir
Taipei Male Choir (TMC) was founded in 1997. Since 2003, TMC has been invited to many international choral festivals and has won several important awards. TMC has released four CDs of classical and contemporary male choral music and won the Best Performance Award at three sessions of Golden Melody Award (2008, 2011, 2016) in Taiwan.
TMC celebrated their 15th season, and ended the celebration with a concert of newly commissioned male choral music from 13 international composers. In 2014, TMC was invited by HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts as “Comtemporary Taiwan Festival” performers. Between 2014 and 2015, TMC invited Die Singphoniker and Conductor Frieder Bernius recorded two CDs which published by Classic Produktion Osnabrück and Carus-Verlag. In 2015, TMC was invited by Shanghai Symphony Hall as the first choral program of this hall. In 2016, TMC was invited by Xiamen Chorus Association as one of perfomers of “Kulangsu Choral Festival.” In 2017, TMC celebrated their 20th season, and the the celebration with a concert of newly commissioned male choral music from Composer Ko Mastushita, and invited 3 vocal groups including Die Singphoniker (GE), Cantus (US) and Purple Voices (UK).
As the 2012 world champions of barbershop, Ringmasters blend their awesome virtuosity with the infectious energy of pop music. Their vibrant shows take you from barbershop classics, through Simon and Garfunkel to the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
The quartet grew out of the rich soil of Swedish choir tradition. Throughout grade school, all four members attended Adolf Fredrik’s Music School, Sweden’s most renowned choir school. They all then made the natural transition into Stockholm Music Gymnasium, and today all four are members of at least one top choir.
Having stumbled across barbershop in a Simpsons episode, they realized it offered a chance to compete in ensemble singing. This spurred them to train vigorously, with the ambition to reach the very top.
Only months after Ringmasters had formed in the fall of 2006, they placed third in the Nordic Barbershop Contest. In 2008 they become the Collegiate World Champions in barbershop quartet singing, and in 2009 they were among the top quarters in the world placing 4th at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s (BHS) Internationals in Anaheim. A year later, in 2010, they brought home a bronze medal from the BHS Internationals in Philadelphia, singing difficult and modern arrangements that was discussed vigorously by both judges and audience. Finally in 2012 in Portland, Ringmasters won the Internationals, becoming the first non-American quartet ever to win since the contest started in 1938.
After becoming world champions Ringmasters have done shows, workshops and masterclasses all over the world, from Carnegie Hall in New York to Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. The groups most frequent tours however is in Germany, where they do around up to 40 shows in a year!
Tenor: Jakob Stenberg
Lead: Rasmus Krigström
Baritone: Emanuel Roll
Bass: Didier Linder
Organizer: National Theater and Concert Hall
◎Approx. 100 minutes with a 20-minute intermission
◎The program is subject to change
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