Gala Concert - The Swingles Concert & VAF Closing Ceremony

Time : Aug.11 (Sun.) 18:30

Venue : Rexxam Hall (Kagawa Prefectural Hall) ・Grand

Address : 9-10 Tamamo-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

Tickets : Click HERE for online purchasing


The closing Gala Concert is the most exciting music performance on the Setouchi Triennale 2019! The concert takes the 2019 VAF International Master Team “The Swingles” as the crown jewel, and also present you the new champion of Asian Cup A Cappella Competition 2019 after the opening performance by the representative team of Kaohsiung, where will be the host city in 2020. Through the past, present and future, together we sing from Setouchi to the world.


Performer : The Swingles, The champion of 2019 Asian Cup A Cappella Competition, Moment Singers (The representative team of Kaohsiung), Kuei-Ying Hsu (Guest performer)



The Swingles (UK)


For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.


In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, they have won five Grammy® awards and made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs. They have also appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. In 2017, they co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of Alexander Payne’s acclaimed film Downsizing.


Released in March 2017, The Swingles’ latest project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. With creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group’s unique and rich sound world, the results are powerful and surprising.


The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia. The group continue to perform the piece to great acclaim around the world, with recent performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall and Milan’s La Scala; they look forward to bringing it to new audiences for its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.


In addition to a busy touring schedule that regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia, The Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January in partnership with Ikon Arts Management. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.

Guest Performer

Moment Singers (TW)

( The representative team of Kaohsiung)


As the winner of the 10th Taiwan A Cappella Contest, Moment Singers is established in 2010 at the National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, and has just welcomed its tenth anniversary. The members are: Julia Tseng (soprano), Dan Hsueh (mezzo-soprano), Simon Pan (tenor /vocal percussion), and Henry Wu (bass). Four of them are alumni of National Sun Yat-Sen University. Moment Singers brings its extraordinary timbre into the A Cappella circle in Taiwan with its sophisticated jazz harmony, which is consisted of unique voices of each member but unified at the same time.


By the year of its establishment, Moment Singers represented Taiwan to participate in the Singapore A Cappella Competition and took the first prize in the international category. In 2011, it was awarded with silver prize in the International A Cappella Competition Graz in Austria, and was later invited to perform at major music events such as the Beijing Strawberry Music Festival and the Kaohsiung Spring Art Festival. At the invitation of the Singapore A Cappella Society, Moment Singers has held workshops and several performances.

Kuei-Ying Hsu (TW)

( Guest performer)


Kuei-Ying Hsu, born in a musical family in Miaoli, Taiwan, was already familiar with singing Hakka folk songs and playing Nanhu when she was a child. After attending the teacher’s college, she was qualified as a music teacher with the first place, and taught in a kindergarten until she was 38 years old. Kuei-Ying Hsu was scouted for her penetrating voice and joined the Tien Wu Beiguan Bayin Troupe after she moved to Hisnchu, Taiwan.

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