The A Cappella Festivella is happening tonight at 7:30 in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. UAA’s Glee Club will be opening for The Exchange, an a cappella group known for their performance on “The Sing Off.” Jamal Moore, a member of the group, spoke to TNL in an interview about the wide range of music they perform as well as the dos and don’ts when in Alaska.
Tell us a little background on your A cappella group, The Exchange.
The group met on the set of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” Season 3 when Aaron and I were in one group that was competing against a group that Richard was in. Chris was one of the coaches on the show and Fredo was doing some studio work for the show’s theme songs and bumper music. We got to know each other throughout the filming process and really bonded over our love of travel and the belief that music can bring all types of people together, much like us! To date, we have toured over 30 countries together, everywhere from Sri Lanka to Russia, Las Vegas to Singapore, and many places in between!
What did you learn from being on a show like The Sing Off?
Being on Season 5 of “The Sing-Off” as this group, The Exchange, was an unforgettable experience. Even though it was only one episode we learned so much about ourselves as musicians and made some life-long friends in the other groups, especially Timothy’s Gift. Not to mention we had the chance to really perfect a couple of new arrangements, OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out” and Ed Sheeran’s “Sing”.
Why A Cappella?
For starters, it makes travel a lot easier! We just have to get ourselves from place to place instead of a bunch of instruments and gear. But the uniqueness of a cappella is something special. The opportunities for creating harmony and other vocal moments, especially through arrangements of cover songs that aren’t typically a cappella, is something we really enjoy. The 5 of us really bring different musical tastes to the group, something that we think makes us very unique. We like everything from Hip Hop and R&B to Pop to Opera to Classical to Rock, but our favorite type of music to perform is whatever allows us to connect with the audience and helps them have a good time at our show.
Have you ever been to Alaska before?
We have! We sang at the A Cappella Festivella at UAA in 2012 and we are very excited to be back in Anchorage. We hope to see moose, eat at the Snow City Cafe, and avoid climbing Flat Top again!
Check out The Exchange’s website for more music. http://www.exchangevocal.com/
UAA Student: $5 advanced and $10 at the door.
UAA Staff, Faculty, Alumni and children under 17: $15 advanced and $20 at the door.
General public: $20 advanced and $25 at the door.