The Idea of North defies categorisation. As a quartet of musicians, their voices are their instruments: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, with a bit of vocal percussion thrown in. Their sound and style is distinct, yet they cross many musical genres: jazz, pop, folk, gospel, even comedy.
Their arrangements are extraordinary. They take songs you know and songs you don't and create songs you'll love. But it's not just about the music:
"A pitch-perfect ensemble negotiating complex modulations with ease, constant seamless transition between lead and accompaniment parts, and the whole thing strung together by low-key, humorous conversational patter…" The Courier-Mail
Their live performances are dynamic and engaging. They have an ability to connect with their audience through not only their passion for music, but also their relaxed presentation and their endearing sense of humour. After just one performance, you walk away feeling like you've known them for years.
What started out as four students from the Canberra School of Music at the Australian National University kicking around as friends, resulted as a group that has won international recognition and taken home awards such as the USA's 'Harmony Sweepstakes' and Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (USA) for Best Jazz Album & Best Jazz Song, top 10 albums on the Australian jazz and iTunes charts, and Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for Best Jazz Album (2010), as well as mesmerised fans across Australia and the globe.
The Idea of North are not only defying musical categorisation, but they're defying the odds of just how far a jazz-based vocal-instrumented musical-entertainment group from Australia can go. So enjoy your time checking out their website, but more importantly, sit back and enjoy their music.