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DU’s Idiosingcrasies open for The Basix Oct. 11

Danish powerhouse group The Basix will make an appearance at the University of Denver Oct. 11.

The a cappella sextet performs a variety of original work and innovative arrangements of timeless songs spanning pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and rock.

The Basix have produced four albums, which have received critical acclaim in Europe and the U.S. And, they’ve won three Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards from the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.

Andrew Hoag, a founding member of DU’s a cappella ensemble the Idiosingcrasies, was instrumental in bringing Basix to campus.

“I’ve been trying to get them to come to DU for a long time,” he says. “When they knew that they would be in the U.S. for a tour, the pieces just fell in place.”

The Idiosingcrasies, a group of 12 DU students, will open the concert. For five years the group has been performing pop, rock and hip-hop songs by popular artists such as the Fray, Dave Matthews Band and Snow Patrol.

Interest in modern a cappella music is growing across the country, Hoag says.

“Lots of people haven’t been exposed to it,” he says, noting that people are often surprised that even though there are no instruments it sounds like a band. “After people get over the novelty of it, they realize that it’s really great music.”

Tickets for the concert are $5 for students and $10 for non-students and are available at the door only. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert in Sturm Hall’s Davis Auditorium.

The Idiosingcrasies also will participate in the 2nd annual Colorado A Cappella Vocal Conference at DU Nov. 7–8. The conference will feature clinics, coaching and a competition between a cappella groups from DU, Colorado College, University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University and area high schools.

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