BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota will have the opportunity to experience what many of the world’s top musicians and clinicians regard as the best vocal jazz group ever. The Real Group brings its 2016 tour to Bismarck on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 7 p.m., inside the Belle Mehus Auditorium.

“They are a standard by which other groups are measured,” said University of Mary music chair and director of choirs, Dr. Tom Porter. “Anyone who is involved in a cappella choral music knows The Real Group and aspires to their level of perfection.”

The Real Group in concert-2 for WebSeats are limited. Reserve your tickets now for $30 and $40 by going to www.umary.edu/realgroup. The Real Group concert is a special presentation brought to the Bismarck-Mandan community by the University of Mary — For Life. “We’re fortunate to be able to share an evening of world-class music together with our extended community and the great people of North Dakota — hearing The Real Group in person will be a real treat for us all,” said Jerome Richter, vice president for public affairs at Mary.

The Real Group Vertical or WebPorter, who is a nationally accomplished music writer, director, performer and teacher, had listened to their music for many years until he finally had a chance to hear them in concert.

“It was amazing,” Porter added. “I have done enough studio work to know that things such as precision, blend and pitch can be doctored to make recordings more pristine. But here was a group that sounded just as good if not better in a live performance. They completely engaged the audience and performed an amazing set of music.”

With the voice as their sole instrument, this Swedish quintet has created a unique musical expression in the field between jazz, pop and Nordic European choir music that concertgoers of all ages will enjoy.

TRG_RedGradient_Logo2 for WebPorter believes The Real Group’s success goes beyond their masterful music. Their high energy and high entertainment value is what sets them apart and has this current tour, that spans from Asia and Europe to Scandinavia and Bismarck, as one of the hottest tickets around.

“They consistently provide a quality product — in the concert hall, in recordings, and in the publication of their music,” added Porter. “Vocal ensembles around the world sing their songs, adding to their popularity. And they tour extensively, bringing their music to large metropolitan areas as well as smaller venues like Bismarck. In addition, they are very interested in sharing what they know with others—they promote educational events during their tours and they sponsor summer camps for singers.”

The Real Group Black and White for WebThe group started in 1984 and has been touring the world ever since. Over those 30-plus years The Real Group has sung for such international occasions as the FIFA World Cup, recorded 20 CDs, produced their own TV programs and been artistic directors for several a cappella festivals around the world in Seoul, South Korea and Fossano, Italy just to mention a few.

Tom Porter University of Mary Music Chair

Tom Porter
University of Mary Music Chair

“One thing that I have always admired about The Real Group is the clever and intricate nature of their original lyrics. They’re Swedish, but their English lyrics are wonderful and make use of complex imagery and rhyme schemes. They have written some of the most creative vocal jazz pieces around.”

The combination of perfection and personal touch along with original songs have made them accessible to music enthusiasts in general as well as to the more demanding ear. In 1989 the original group members graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm with the highest degree and since then have often been asked to perform at prestigious official events along with their regular concerts. Such an event was the Swedish queens’ birthday when they performed the Abba classic ”Dancing Queen” together with former Abba member Anni- Frid Lyngstad.

Their wide repertoire has made it possible for the group to collaborate with symphony orchestras, jazz groups, pop bands and artists such as Barbara Hendricks, Toots Thielemans and The Beatles producer Sir George Martin.