Syncopation

Syncopation

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"The Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century" -- Boston Globe "Sensational...tight knit arrangements of wonderful jazz standards." Phil Wilson "Poignant and effortless works of art." Bob Stoloff ?gExquisite blend, strong voices, memorable arrangements..." Yumiko Matsuoka (VOX ONE)

Biography

The Boston Globe calls Syncopation the "Manhattan Transfer of the 21st Century," and it is easy to see why. Like that legendary vocal group, Syncopation performs jazz and pop music that is both timeless and up-to-the-minute. These four young singer/musicians have performed across the U.S. at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Tri-C Vocal Jazz Festival, the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Meihou Music Festival, and the 2004 and 2006 International Association for Jazz Education Conferences in New York City. The group also regularly tours Japan.

The style of Syncopation includes bebop, latin, and pop influences. The group usually performs with a band, but their a cappella performance earned them first place at the 2008 Boston Harmony Sweepstakes. Each of the four singers is also an instrumentalist and is occasionally featured playing trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion.

Syncopation was formed in Boston in January of 2002 and mentored by Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Their first album, A New Dance, was released in 2003 and featured contributions from bebop trombone legend Phil Wilson, formidable jazz fusion trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, and Paul Stiller of the vocal group Vox One.

In 2004 the group signed a record contract with Geneon Entertainment in Japan, and their album Of Blue, recorded in Tokyo and featuring some of Japan?fs hottest jazz musicians such as pianist Satoru "Salt" Shionoya, was released in nationwide in Japan in November of that year.

On Syncopation?fs 2008 album, Wonderful You, the group reinterprets pop songs from the past 30 years. R&B, soul, folk rock, fusion and electropop are transformed by jazz harmonies, rhythms and style. This recording features Syncopation?fs touring rhythm section of Mark Shilansky (piano), Steve Langone (drums), Greg Holt (bass), and Marcus Santos (percussion).

All About Jazz calls Syncopation "a thoroughly modern, bright, and fresh take on ensemble jazz vocals that effectively updates the entire genre." Currently the group is aggressively pursuing a strategy that would expand their touring base from familiar jazz clubs and venues in New England to concert halls and jazz festivals all across the nation.

Syncopation is:
Aubrey Logan, Christine Fawson, David Thorne Scott, and Tsunenori "Lee" Abe.

Lyrics

I Can Fly

Written By: Lyrics:Howard Boles, Music: Tsunenori 'Lee' Abe

As I sleep
Through the night
Sometimes I have this dream
I?fve got wings and I?fm flying
Atop the world, so it seems

Then I leap
From great height
I awake with a scream
I?fm relieved that I?fm not dying
But I?fm scared by the theme

Then I feel
Brave once more
Nightmares soon fade away
Everything?fs okay
?eCause I?fm with you

I?fve been through good times
And I?fve been through bad
I?fve seen injustice
That truly makes me mad
But I have learned
At the end of the day
What I can do
Thanks to you...

I can fly
If I try
I can fly
When I?fm with you

Years ago
As a child
Things were simple and clear
I knew I was protected
Sheltered from pain and from fear

Now I know
Life is wild
Changing year after year
Sometimes I feel disconnected
From the things I hold dear

When I fall
I get up
Lift myself right away
All my fears allay
When I see you

I?fve been through good times
And I?fve been through bad
I?fve seen injustice
That truly makes me mad
But I have learned
At the end of the day
What I can do
Thanks to you...

I can fly
If I try
I can fly
When I?fm with you

As we go
Through the years
Those we love pass away
It?fs too late then to show them
How much we valued their stay

I?fm a fool
If I don?ft
Treasure you every way
Grateful for each day
That I?fm with you

I?fve been through good times
And I?fve been through bad
I?fve seen injustice
That truly makes me mad
But I have learned
At the end of the day
What I can do
Thanks to you...

I can fly
If I try
I can fly
When I?fm with you

Discography

A New Dance (2003)
Of Blue (Geneon Entertaiment INC, Japan: 2004)
Wonderful You (2008)

Set List

enough songs for 120 minutes set or longer