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All A Cappella has the unique privilege of being the hub for a myriad of different a cappella groups from all corners of the country, and certainly all over the Greater Boston Area. Today, however, I had the rare privilege of hosting a group right here at Emerson College.
Achoired Taste is the newest of four groups on Emerson College’s campus, and they made a stunning radio debut here on WERS, rounding out our Live Music Week performances for AAC.
The energetic bunch began with a rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”, arranged for the group by a few of its members. Though they placed the live mix studio nearly at capacity with their members, the real treat came when they all began to sing: Achoired Taste has got a gift for filling a room with their energy, as well. Strong soloists and a complementary chorus of ensemble voices made up a full sound that was incredibly polished for a group so new. I wasn’t exactly surprised, with All A Cappella’s own Maria Vivas and Daniel Begin rounding out the well-tuned harmonies, but I was blown away. The group rounded out their set with an original arrangement, their own mash up of “Falling Slowly” from the hit Broadway Musical Once and “Poison and Wine” by the Civil Wars, as well as “Little Lion Man”, originally by Mumford and Sons.
During their set, anyone listening or watching via the livestream on wers.org could see that though this group is young, having just been formed on campus last fall, they have every bit of the spirit of A Cappella that defines the best of the best. To put it shortly: Achoired Taste has definitely got “it”. If you missed them here, no worries, you’ll be able to see them in a special showcase at this year’s All A Cappella Live competition on April 7th in the Cutler Majestic Theatre.