The L.A. based quintet is leading the charge into a new and instrumentally challenged landscape
By: Marielle Wakim
A cappella, long regarded as pop’s nerdy cousin, has doo-wah-diddied its way into the mainstream. Leading the charge is Pentatonix, a local quintet that won season three of NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group’s arrangements showcase original tunes and diverse covers (everything from Beyoncé to Korean rapper Psy).
Think you’re hearing an instrument or two? That’s Kevin Olusola, a beatboxing demigod whose snare drum and crash cymbal sound effects are anchored by Avi Kaplan’s bass. Harmonies from Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstie Maldonado add the final layers. In the middle of a sold-out world tour, the group performs at the Orpheum Theatre on March 1 and 2. That’s music to our ears, no auto-tune required.
I died this morning. Because of this.
A message from Kirstie:
"We are the creators of our own happiness. Well, that’s easier said than done, I guess. A little over a year ago if someone had sat me down and said, "Kirstie. Be positive. Look at all the beauty and wonderful opportunities around you. Be happy," I would have laughed….
Sometimes, you get the urge to simply sing.
*No copyright infringement intended Let It Go - acapella… I’m a nerd.