Langston Hughes in 1939
(Library of Congress)
Canada’s award-winning a capella group COUNTERMEASURE have premiered their powerful music video for ‘Life Is Fine’. This is the 2nd video clip from their second studio album entitled Made To Measure. ‘Life Is Fine’ was written about depression and isolation, and transcends anything the genre has ever seen – or heard - before.
With text by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, and music by Countermeasure's Artistic Director, Aaron Jensen, ‘Life is Fine’ was premiered at Koerner Hall in Spring 2015. It is one of the most powerful tracks on Made to Measure, showcasing soloist Jeremy Voltz. In tracking the song, COUNTERMEASURE experimented liberally - pushing the boundaries of traditional a cappella to create life-like organs, synths, and percussion to support the low-key R&B vibe. COUNTERMEASURE just released the music video, directed by Mike Cameron (Barenaked Ladies, July Talk, Billy Talent), who makes use of the revolutionary Technodolly to tell the story of loneliness, isolation, and reclamation.
The Contemporary A Cappella Society of America - the art form's largest organization - recently recognized COUNTERMEASURE with 4 nominations at their annual award show, including Best Jazz Album and Best Original Song. “Life is Fine” was recently included on sing13 - a compilation of the best a cappella music from around the world.
COUNTERMEASURE has won worldwide acclaim and sold-out houses in the UK, Canada and US with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless harmonies, lively performances and infectious energy. Their dramatically choreographed show, where every song tells a story, has received standing ovations worldwide. Featuring 14 of Canada’s top harmony singers, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level. Formed in 2010, COUNTERMEASURE is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, the group performs original compositions and reimagined standards by the likes of Cole Porter to the Beatles, with a strong accent on pop and jazz arrangements, incorporating innovative live looping, vocal percussion, and instrument sounds made by the voice.
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Thank you so much, William! Let me know if you need anything else! Best, Eric