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Voces8 sings Ben Folds as sacred music

J-P Mauro - published on 05/16/17

A surprising and soothing setting to a secular song

Voces8 is a group of extremely talented singers who make this intricate arrangement of Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” sound effortless. The octet is made up of 6 men and 2 women, rather than the traditional assortment of 4 of each, the bolstered bass lines really help the soprano’s haunting high notes to pop.

Jim Clements arranged the piece to sound like sacred music; in fact set in Latin it would feel right at home in the Crypt Church below the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His use of dynamics brings the whole work together and allows the group to at times sound a lot larger than eight strong.

Voces8 has been working professionally for about a decade. In their tenure they have released 17 albums of assorted choral works, in which they cover Purcell, Bach, Gershwin and more. They are currently on tour in Europe and have shows booked through 2018.

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