A cappella Show – Countermeasure

CountermeasureCountermeasure is the fresh face of a cappella, known for their upbeat sound, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, and featuring some of Canada’s top young vocal talent, Countermeasure delivers a magical and memorable musical experience that has earned the group critical and public acclaim. Their new CD “14 Characters” offers a range of lively pop, jazz, contemporary, and original songs. Selections include music from the Beatles, Carole King, Madonna, Queen, D’Angelo, and more, sung in unique arrangements highlighting the breadth and range of the voice. From Bjork to the Beatles, from revamped jazz standards to contemporary choral originals, Countermeasure celebrates a songbook that defies genre and challenges expectations. International Choral Festival as part of a U.S. tour with featured performances at the historic Kennedy Center and the Canadian Embassy in Washington and Art on the Park in New York City. The group has been featured for two years at Beaches Jazz Festival and SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. In addition to their regular engagements at high-profile music festivals, concert series, corporate events and galas, Countermeasure has appeared on the Global Network, Breakfast Television, Rogers Television, CTV, the Food Network, CBC Television and Newstalk 1010 Radio.

Testimonials

“The leading a cappella chorus out of Toronto” - Washington Examiner

“Toronto-based Countermeasure….complete with a tight, bright sound and animated choreography”
- Baltimore Sun

“Countermeasure delighted our audiences with their stellar harmonies and innovative style. Their participation and collaboration in our festival was a big hit!” - Stephanie Chaiken, Interim Director, Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts Ramapo College of New Jersey

“Their performance was simply OUTSTANDING and had so many people raving about them after the show.” - Rick Muller, Co-Executive Producer of “It’s Always Something” Gala

“It was a pleasure to have Countermeasure. Countermeasure performed beautiful vocal arrangements and the crowd loved them. They were a terrific asset to our stage. Thank you for bringing such a talented group of singers. Our audience loved every minute of it!” - Julie Christian, Program Coordinator, Beaches International Jazz Festival

“Countermeasure offers a distinctive fresh voice in the Canadian choral scene” - Danforth Centre Town News

“This wonderful vocal band does so much more than just a cappella music. It is rhythmic, it is harmonious; they fill every beat of every measure with something interesting and tasty.” - Renowned tenor Mark Masri “Countermeasure, from Toronto , Canada, is one of the hottest new vocal groups” - The Annapolis Patch

“An amazing group. Utterly remarkable!” - Lt. Governor, the Honourable David C. Onley “You guys sound awesome!” - Tyler Stewart, Drummer for the Barenaked Ladies

“With their fresh & innovative approach, brilliant arrangements & exciting performances, the future is bright for this inventive group.” - Paul Ryan, President, Limelight Management Inc., Manager of the Nylons

Song List

Jazz
Pure Imagination (From Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Spanish Joint (D’Angelo)
There Will Never Be Another You (Harry Warren / Mack Gordon)
A Quiet Thing (Kander and Ebb, from Flora the Red Menace)
Take a Bow (Madonna/Babyface)
Uncertainty of the Poet (Adaptation of poem by Wendy Cope)
Got to Get You Into My Life (Paul McCartney)
14 Characters (Countermeasure original)
Run to You (Bryan Adams)

Pop
Underground (Ben Folds)
Anything You Want (“You Got It” Roy Orbison)
I Can’t Go For That (Hall and Oates)
Some Nights (Fun)
Something (Beatles)
Unravel (Bjork/Swingle Singers)
In My Life (Lennon-McCartney)
Best of My Love (The Emotions)
Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)

Choral
We Are As One (Countermeasure original)
Head of Gold Feet of Clay (Countermeasure original)
This Moment Now (Countermeasure original)
Nacionales 1 (Paraguayan folk song catalogued by Oscar Safuan)
Sing Me the Songs I Love, Once More

Holiday
The 12 Days of Christmas (Countermeasure parody)
Carol of the Bells
Sleigh Ride
I Saw Three Ships
Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney)
Carpenter’s Carol (Countermeasure original)
Sweet Flowerets of the Martyr Band (Countermeasure original)
This New Snow (Countermeasure original)

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