+3 Interview: Countermeasure: 14 Characters

“When we’re not on stage, you are almost sure to run into one of us on Arthur’s Seat, or in one of Edinburgh’s fabulous pubs!”

WHO: Aaron Jensen

WHAT: “Award-winning a cappella that will bring you to your feet! Countermeasure has won worldwide acclaim and sold-out houses in the UK, Canada and US with their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies and infectious energy onstage. ***** (East Coast FM, Edinburgh). Featuring 14 of Canada’s top young vocalists, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level with inventive covers of jazz and pop tunes, powerful original music and dramatic staging. Come for an afternoon of good fun, great harmony and amazing music.”

WHERE: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)

WHEN: 17:30 (55 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This will be Countermeasure’s second time to Edinburgh. We played The Boards at The Edinburgh Playhouse as part of our last UK tour in January 2015. Ben Dyson, of East Coast FM 107.6 (Edinburgh) had this to say about the performance: “FIVE STARS! Such a fantastic show from a group of super talented individuals from Toronto, Canada…This show was packed with fabulous and beautifully songs. So watch out world because here they come!”

Countermeasure instantly fell in love with Edinburgh, and we can’t wait to be back! When we’re not on stage, you are almost sure to run into one of us on Arthur’s Seat, or in one of Edinburgh’s fabulous pubs!

Tell us about your show.

Countermeasure has been performing, touring and recording together for the past five years. This particular production has been a work in progress for the past year and a half. Over that period of time, we’ve been arranging, recording, and mixing our new album Made to Measure. Most of the selections in our Edinburgh set are featured on this new record.

We’ve enlisted the help of a stage director, lighting, and sound designer to turn this songbook into a cohesive, engaging and interactive theatrical experience. Audiences who come out to see our show will be treated to a smorgasbord of inventive musical covers of jazz and pop tunes, powerful original numbers, and dramatic staging.

Florian Stadtler of Vocal Blog described Countermeasure’s performance at the London A Cappella Festival as “Pure joy, [an] incredibly entertaining show”. What becomes abundantly clear through our performance is how much we enjoy each other, our music, and this discreet moment that we have to share our music with our audiences. It’s hard not to get caught up in the infectious energy, good feelings, and love of music that drives Countermeasure.

Prior to our run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival we have a series of concerts in London and area. After Edinburgh, we head to Italy to take part in Vocalmente A Cappella Festival, then it’s back home to Canada, for more touring recording and merrymaking.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

This past May, Countermeasure shared the stage at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival with another Toronto group called Pressgang Mutiny. Members of this ensemble have created a 15-piece guerrilla-folk punk band, who will be performing an exciting revolutionary musical/folk/opera called Counting Sheep, which follows the course of Ukraine’s history. Based on what we’ve seen of these singers, I have every confidence that that will be an exciting production!


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