Album Release

Our latest collaborative album with David Thomas Broughton, ‘Sliding the Same Way’, is now available from ‘Song, By Toad’ Records. Reviewers say it’s:

“fascinating as it is unconventional” – The Herald, Scotland

“a fine album of profound and sometimes disturbing lo-fi” – louderthanwar.com

“startling and beautiful” – americana-uk.com

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DTB and Juice are ‘equal stars’ to the Flaming Lips say MOJO!

Juice had a fab time performing with David Thomas Broughton at the ‘End of the Road Festival’ and we’ve had an ace review in MOJO Magazine. We followed a performance by the Flaming Lips and MOJO said:

“over in the Tipi Tent, David Thomas Broughton and Juice Vocal Ensemble feel like equal stars..DTB is Jake Thackray and James Yorkston with a Ben Wheatly film script. Like a 19th century troubadour with 21st century technology and Fluxus tactics, he alternates between song and improvised chaos/comedy. Deliciously awkward, he strangles himself with electrical leads…The Juice ladies – the only ones at EOTR to be sporting hotpants – remain deadpan throughout.”

Woohoo! We’re touring the UK with David until the end of September – check out our events page for more info!

UK Tour with David Thomas Broughton

Juice are very pleased to announce that they will be touring new material with singer-songwriter David Thomas Broughton throughout September 2014 from their new collaborative album, ‘Sliding the Same Way’. Released on ‘Song by Toad’ on 22nd September, it is available for pre-order HERE!  and their first single ‘In Service’ is out now! See the Future Events page for more information.

Laid Bare: Love Songs – Album reviews!

4 star review from The Times and 5 stars from Sinfini Music and So So Gay Magazine: 

So So Gay said:

“It’s rare that an album hits our desks here at So So Gay that turns out to be literally flawless…Therein lies the threesome’s greatest innate gift: the ability to take a piece of work seemingly so at odds with what one would expect classically trained singers to attempt and turn it into something astonishing…a rare feat of musical genius in a musical world saturated by conveyor belt talent show pop puppets and generic mass-produced pseudo-house…this album goes beyond simple harmonisation, packing a killer punch with its breadth and depth.” Blimey !

Read the full article HERE!

Sinfini Music said:

Laid Bare: Love Songs trawls the post-postmodern condition in search of fresh things to say about an eternal subject. Its contents, deal with strong emotions, digging beneath than the self-interested surface of sexual passion to reveal parts of the psyche usually clothed in darkness.” Cor!

Read the full article HERE! 

The Times said:

“quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping”  Whoop! And here’s a pic….

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Spring reviews

5 star review for the fantastic Emulsion Festival III at Village Underground from The Arts Desk:

“Juice, a (mostly) unaccompanied female vocal trio, played the first full set, a blend of original commissions and their own arrangements of pop songs, including the Rihanna piece. Technically capable of both angular contemporary classical pieces and gooey extruded pop lyrics, their covers are stripped of familiar saccharine arrangements, to create a completely revitalised arrangement that revels in the naked beauty of human voice.”

And a lovely review of our Vale of Glamorgan Festival concert from Wales Art Review:

“Juice, are consummate musicians, and together they can tease out the most subtle and intricate of colours, harmonies and rhythms in the songs they sing. Their command of extended vocal techniques is superb and I love hearing them sing together.”

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Juice make waves in U.S.

Our recent trip to Connecticut and NYC in November brought us some fantastic press coverage, the best of which we’ll now proudly display here for all and sundry. We even had an article written about us by Minnesota Public Radio…and we didn’t even GO to Minnesota. Brilliant.

“Juice’s masterful vocal interpretations and a diverse song selection go beyond the act of exploring and deconstructing for the sake of exploring and deconstructing. These talented female vocalists are charismatic and sophisticated musical storytellers, creating situations, characters, and environments by interweaving solos and flawless harmonies.” – WNPR

“Forget what you think you know about a cappella music: London’s Juice Vocal Ensemble is one of the most original groups out there” – WNYC   (for the full radio interview, go HERE)

“Who says you can’t mix pop, folk, experimental, and classical? The Juice Vocal Ensemble certainly doesn’t. These three women not only sing the parts well but have captured a style that is endearing in its deeply dedicated but light-hearted approach…The value in such a group is not only the obvious entertainment appeal to those of us in the audience but to the music world as a whole. Their very existence richly expands repertoire, where it might otherwise be lacking. And when they can throw in the popular and familiar, they do it with a splash” – Seen and Heard International

“Juice Vocal Ensemble are making a cappella cool” – Minnesota Public Radio

 

 

U.S. Tour!

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SubCulture – New York

Juice make a rare visit to the U.S. this month to premiere a new work by American composer, Toby Twining. First stop is Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a series of workshops and concert on 9th November, followed by two gigs in New York.

Tuesday 12th November we perform at ultra-hip venue, SubCulture.

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Madison Avenue Presbyterian – New York

Sunday 17th November we perform at the beautiful Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.

For ticket info, go to our Future Events page!

Juice Celebrate 10 Years at King’s Place!

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Juice are currently celebrating their 10th Anniversary year and are throwing a party/concert at King’s Place on 13th October. Entitled ‘The Juice Collective’ it features performances from fellow contemporary music nuts, Mikhail Karikis, Laura Moody, MaJiKer, Phil Minton and members of Firefly Burning. Programme includes juicy re-interpretations of famous contemporary classics such as Cathy Berberian’s cartoon strip classic ‘Stripsody’ (pictured above), John Cage’s ‘Aria’ and Meredith Monk’s rarely heard work, ‘Three Heavens and Hells’.

FREE vocal workshop for ticket holders! 2-3.30pm, St Pancras Room

Juice will be leading a free, fun and accessible workshop for people of any vocal ability who have an enthusiastic pair of lungs! Come along to learn brilliant group vocal pieces by Meredith Monk, Cornelius Cardew and John White, which you’ll then perform as part of our 4pm gig!

New Album Out 14 Feb 2014!

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juice – one of your 5-a-day

We are very pleased to announce that our second album is due for release in time for Valentines Day 2014! Featuring new commissions from UK composers and juicy arrangements of pop/rock/folk classics, it will make the perfect present for anyone!

Jazz FM Interview with ‘Broken Hearts’

We’re very much looking forward to being interviewed for Jazz FM tomorrow (16th February 2013) at 2pm by uber-cool retro queens, the Broken Hearts. Nisha and Amber have played for Vivienne Westwood, designed amazing Paperself eyelashes and have featured in British Vogue! They’ll be quizzing us on all our new ‘love’ song arrangements as well as our recent performance in Mira Calix’ new live score for the Hitchcock silent film, ‘Champagne’.

Catch the interview on 29th June 2013 here!
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Happy International Women’s Day to Wonder Women Everywhere!

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The Original 1941 Wonder Woman!

In ‘Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines’, a documentary film screened to launch the Birds Eye View Film Festival, juice learned that the creator of ‘Wonder Woman’, William Moulton Marston, in 1941, envisaged a world 100 years hence that would be entirely ruled by women. Well, we’re not quite there yet girls but there’s still time…

There were so few female role models in the comic books and cartoons when we were growing up during the 1980’s, that we threw ourselves in desperation at the only ones available even if they were in some way compromised or undermined in the way they were controlled by (male) media executives. Both He-man’s sister, She-rah and pop-star/super-spy, Jem were rubbished which we felt was a little harsh as they were all we’d had! But we later bonded over our love of Cheetara from ‘Thundercats’, whose backflips I once tried to imitate in the living room much to my mother’s distress when I fatally wounded her beloved indoor bay tree…

People often ask juice our opinions on gender and music, why they are seemingly so few well-known female conductors/composers, why women are so under-represented in musical compositional history.  We say that, yes, women’s contribution in the history of classical music has been severely neglected and are often still treated very differently by their male counterparts (the Vasily Petrenko incident being a good example of this). We like to commission as many new pieces as we can from female composers, not because they are women, but because their music is amazing. We commission just as many men.

We have faced misconceptions as a group. People often say that they didn’t know what to expect from three young women on stage and that we blew away their pre-conceptions. We once auditioned for a concert series very early in our career and were expecting questions on our programmes and repertoire and instead got asked just one question before being ceremoniously dismissed…why we were all wearing different coloured shoes…

As recently as last Christmas I received a ‘jokey’ comment about juice. After describing our line up, their very first comment was..’Lesbians?’ Because, yes, OBVIOUSLY, the thought of three women wanting to work and perform together without the help of any man is clearly a ridiculous concept and therefore we MUST be passionately in love with each other and MUST be gay.

In the photoshoot for our latest album, (due for release late spring) we had a dilemma. We were all wearing these white chiffon blouses but none of us had thought about the sheerness of the material or how that might affect our choice of bra…After descending rapidly into hysteria during the shoot, we’re now busy editing out any traces of visible nipple (or what I’ve seen rather hilariously described online as ‘smuggle peas’ – I hate peas and would certainly never try and smuggle them anywhere). But this whole episode led to us asking some very interesting questions about how we see ourselves and how women are portrayed or treated differently in the arts.

Last week both Kerry and myself had our music performed by students at Cardiff University and I was interviewed by BBC Radio Wales on the matter of programming works by women. The arguments that concert programmers shouldn’t make female composers ‘tokens’ or that it prejudices against male composers or that gender shouldn’t override artistic merit all seem ridiculous to me when we’ve been in such the vast minority for the best part of nearly 2000 years of classical music history and there have been plenty of male compositional misfires during that period!

Right, now I’ve gotten all that off my chest….(oh, haha.)