This year groups participating in the Open Division of AUSACA Australian A Cappella Awards this year were also in the running to receive some amazing aca-perks thanks to multi-award winning a cappella jazz sextet SKETY (who are touring Australia in July and August).
AUSACA Open Division groups in VIC, NSW and QLD had the chance to win the opportunity to:
- Perform as the Support Act (12 minute set) at one of SKETY’s Australian concerts (see tour dates below)
- Meet and Greet with SKETY
- Receive complimentary tickets* for the singers in your group to watch SKETY’s concert. (*Total number of available complimentary tickets for support act singers TBC. Amount varies depending on the capacity for each venue.)
The winners of this bonus Support Act Prize were personally selected by the singers in Skety from the AUSACA Video Finalists in the Open Division.
SKETY TOUR DATES
VIC: Wednesday 25 July, 2018, 8pm – JazzLab, Melbourne (featuring support from either The Mockingbards or The Velvetones)
VIC: Thursday 26 July, 2018, 8pm – JazzLab, Melbourne (featuring support from either The Mockingbards or The Velvetones)
TAS: Saturday 28 July, 2018, 8pm – Devonport Jazz Festival
NSW: Thursday 2 August, 2018, 8pm – Club York, Sydney (featuring support from After5)
QLD: Saturday 4 August, 2018, 7pm – Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival, (featuring support from QUT Aca-Demics)
Multi-award winning a cappella group SKETY is a six-piece collective of professional Czech jazz singers and musicians who are fully engaged in the contemporary scene. In July 2014, SKETY were awarded the prestigeous Ward Swingle Award in category Jazz at Vokal.Total in Graz. While each one is a front-man for their own projects, their love of singing a cappella brought them together. Despite their relatively short existence, SKETY have already established their name on the scene. Having recorded and performed with prominent artists, they have also made live performances on TV. Inspired both by contemporary world and Czech composers, they aim to bring the music they love to life.
Their sound is reminiscent of the legendary Singers Unlimited and Manhattan Transfer, but they often move where many would not expect, to create their own distinctive sound and style. SKETY’s rich interpretations, tight harmonies and playful groove will have their audience under no illusion that this is a once in a lifetime experience.
2018 will coincide with the 100th Anniversary of Czechoslovakian independence, and SKETY look forward to bringing their fresh and exuberant music to Australia.
“To me they are one of the future a cappella groups in the world.” Anders Jalkéus / The Real Group
AUSACA Applications close 31 May, 2018. Support Act Bonus Prize Winners will be notified on Monday 18 June, 2018.