WMU News

Vocal jazz group m-pact here for one performance

Feb. 21, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Area vocal jazz fans will have the opportunity to hear one of the nation's hottest a cappella groupsWednesday, Feb. 27, when m-pact performs in the Dalton Center Recital Hall beginning at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15 each. Students and senior citizens will be charged $5. Tickets are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300 or toll-free 800 228-9858.

After hearing them, renowned singer Bobby McFerrin exclaimed, "Y'all is B-A-A-A-A-D!" National Public Radio called them a "vocal wall of sound." NBC's Today Show gushed, "accomplished...polished...best in the country." And the San Francisco Chronicle called them "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world."

With an energetic mix of lively banter, polished dance moves, versatile vocals, and stunning sound effects, m-pact provides musical magic. The group has rapidly emerged on the concert scene via hundreds of performances, a result of its talk-of-the-conference showcases at Arts Northwest, BCTC Contact, and the International Association for Jazz Education. m-pact is now bursting on the international market with tours in Europe, Canada, North Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.

The Kalamazoo performance of m-pact is sponsored by WMU's own vocal jazz "wall of sound," Gold Company, and by the School of Music.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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