Swedish a cappella group appears in Seoul next weekThe Real Group, a five-member jazz a cappella group from Sweden, will hold a two-day performance in Seoul to celebrate the release of its 20th anniversary album, “In the Middle of Life.”
Much loved in Korea, the group will perform numbers from its latest album as well as past hit songs. This is the group’s fifth tour in Korea.
The Real Group is composed of five members ― Margereta Jalkeus (soprano), Katarina Henryson (alto), Anders Edenroth (countertenor), Peder Karlsson (tenor) and Anders Jalkeus (bass).
The members met at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and formed the group in 1984. Since they began their professional career, they have sold more than 3 million albums, performing mostly a cappella (without any musical accompaniment) but also with other musicians, orchestras, bands and choirs.
“In the Middle of Life” is the group’s 12th album and is a commemoration of their past 20 years of making music. It contains 13 songs with English lyrics.
The album is a potpourri of different jazz sounds: “Prime Time Blues,” written by Anders Edenroth, is a funky piece, while Peder Karlsson’s “Are You Coming to Me” has more of a salsa-like beat. Songs such as “My Hidden World” and “A Quiet Song” take on a more moody, sentimental blues feel.
In particular, the album’s Korean release contains two special bonus tracks with songs that met with a great response from audiences during the group’s tour in Korea last November. One of those songs, “A Life For Me,” was in the group’s album “Original,” but in Swedish. The other bonus track is “The Thingamabob,” which it sang as an encore.
by Wohn Dong-hee
The Real Group will be performing at the Main Theater of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are from 20,000 won to 80,000 won and are available at Interpark (1544-1555) and Ticketlink (1588-7890). For more information, call Vincero at 02-599-5743.