Monday, 2023 July 31st, 07.30 pm
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
The Farewell Tour...
THE ONLY CONCERT IN BALTICS!
12 GRAMMY nominees, THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER is here to celebrate together their 50 year-history and to say goodbye!
A farewell tour of most wanted a-cappella ensemble in the world exclusively in Baltics!
Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal bands. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group along with Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), and Laurel Masse (soprano) on October 1, 1972. Cheryl Bentyne (soprano) replaced Masse in 1979, and Trist Curless (bass) replaced Tim Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014.
Says Alan Paul. “It's astounding to me that the group has been able to create and share our musical harmony for five decades. It is truly a blessing.” Adds Siegel, “We are proud to still be here through all the changes. We stayed true to ourselves. What The Manhattan Transfer does on stage brings so much joy, sharing music we love.”
Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first vocal group to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs), and Best Jazz Performance by a Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).”
In the early 1970’s, The Manhattan Transfer emerged out of the underground, avant-garde movement in New York City. The group wanted to visually interpret the music they were singing like chameleons, constantly changing their image to fit their musical styles. Their look ranged from heavy makeup and surreal Cockette’s inspired costumes to tuxedoes and tails. “We followed the philosophy of David Bowie,” states Paul. “Create a persona, and then destroy it to evolve into something else.”
The Manhattan Transfer has also sung with many more “giants of the music business,” including Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, Laura Nyro, Ruth Brown, Boz Skaggs, Joe Zawinul, Stan Getz, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie and Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons.
Another unforgettable highlight for the group was presenting and performing at the 1983 Grammy Awards with Ella Fitzgerald. “That was probably the peak,” comments Paul. “We were at the podium singing ‘How High the Moon,” says Bentyne. “The Grammys had never heard anything like that.” For Siegel, it was extra special because Fitzgerald is her idol. “At the rehearsals we were going over the song. We sang, she scatted. And she said, ‘Was that all right?’ In awe of the legendary singer’s breathtaking performance, Siegel told her, “Of course, you’re Ella Fitzgerald.”
As The Manhattan Transfer performed with their current lineup, they’re returned to the road for a very special collaboration, joining Take 6 on The Summit Tour from October 2016 through March 2017. “To be on stage with them is glorious,” says Siegel. “They are all phenomenal people and singers. It is a challenge putting together a show for ten singers. It has been been a great experience, them singing our songs, and vice versa. It has been ten singers having a blast.” “We have been fans of each other for a long time,” adds Paul.
With Concord/Craft Recordings, the group’s new recording, FIFTY, featuring the WDR Funkhausorkester, celebrates a landmark year sharing where they are in their musical journey and an unparalleled career. The Manhattan Transfer continues to raise the bar, and set even higher standards.