- The Earth Tones
The Earth Tones are the
University at Albany's premiere all-male a cappella singing group. Founded in 1998, the Earth Tones have been a mainstay in the canon of campus life at the university. The group is known for its work both on campus as well as within the community, including performances at local high schools and outreach work at facilities like the Albany Medical Center. Since their inception, the Earth Tones have been treated to a loyal and devoted student fan base that continues to grow each semester. The group stages two semester shows in the Recital Hall in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) at the university. In addition to these shows, the Earth Tones also perform at local venues and have even sung for the inaugural proceedings for New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer. In recent years, the group has attended the Northeast branch of the ICCA ( International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) competition, placing second for two consecutive years and advancing from Quarter Finals to Semi-Finals. [ [http://varsityvocals.com/icca/2006results.shtml "2006 ICCA Results"] ] [ [http://www.varsityvocals.com/icca/2007results.shtml "2007 ICCA Results"] ] . The group's repertoire consists of many diverse styles and genres of music, including pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, soul/funk, reggae and punk.
The Earth Tones are:
* Ryan Walz (President)
* Christopher Wagner (Musical Supervisor)
* Matthew Knochen (Vice-President)
* Jordan Torres (Treasurer)
* Kyle "K.A." Alestra (Director of Public Relations)
* Patrick Lawrence (Librarian/Secretary)
* Eric Limer (Webmaster)
* Zac McKenna
* Nathan Lee
* Chris DeMott
* Kirk Lipinski
The Earth Tones audition new members at the beginning of each semester.
In addition to the singing members, the Earth Tones have several other devoted staff members:
* Caitlin Rooney (Historian)
* Matthew Lippel (Sound Engineer)
The Earth Tones have recorded five albums to date.
* "King Elephant and the Cacophonic Jam"
* "Anatomy of A Cappella"
* "Maybe We Shouldn't"
* "How Do You Take It?"
* "Loud & Fast & Loud" (Release - Fall 2008)
* [http://www.etones.org Group Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/etonesacapella Myspace Site]
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