Known for close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements, and unparalleled vocal blend, New York Voices has refined its musical story to a high art. The group’s deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, classical, and pop offer a sumptuous mix of the traditional and the contemporary.
New York Voices’ live performances have the reputation of being an audio/visual delight due to the group’s vocal blending, creative arrangements, and infectious enthusiasm. “New York Voices lives up to its reputation as the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz,” says the Boston Herald. “To collect such quality voices in one group is rare enough, yet the real trick of New York Voices is how well they mesh.”
Chameleon-like musicianship allows New York Voices to move seamlessly from setting to setting: from orchestral/big band to more intimate lineups, the consummate performers wow audiences in small and large venues alike. Formed in its current lineup in 1994, two projects they collaborated on received Grammy awards (one with the Count Basie Orchestra, the other with Paquito D’Rivera). The group continues to make numerous guest appearances and tour internationally, appearing at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, and more.
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Kim Nazarian is a co-founding member who collaborates frequently on other innovative projects. She is one of the featured voices on Bobby McFerrin’s the multi-Grammy Award nominated VOCAbuLarieS album, and she partnered with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Manchester Craftman’s Guild on a concert tour dedicated to the late, great Ella Fitzgerald.
Peter Eldridge is also a founding member of New York Voices. He has released four solo albums, and his vocals and compositions have been featured on the albums of many others artists including Nancy Wilson and Denise Donatelli.
Darmon Meader is recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental worlds as a highly respected vocalist, arranger, and saxophonist. He is a co-founder, musical director, chief arranger, composer, producer, saxophonist, and vocalist with New York Voices.
Lauren Kinhan joined New York Voices in 1992 and has contributed many compositions to the group’s catalog. Kinhan has recorded three solo albums, most recently 2014’s Circle in a Square, which was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
New York Voice’s Asheville performance is made possible by Performance Sponsors Nancy Houha & William Hilson; and by Mainstage Music Series Sponsors Henry LaBrun, First Citizens Bank, The Omni Grove Park Inn, and Ward and Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsors WNC magazine, WCQS 88.1 FM, and WTZQ AM 1600.
The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Patrons enter the theatre through the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco, and into a large interior courtyard with multiple glass doors to the theatre’s main lobby and box office. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2014/2015 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Scene, Blue Moon Water, Creative Energy, Everyday Gourmet, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.