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UR's A Cappella Group Debuts New CD at Festival


Following in their footsteps, The Octaves' new album includes covers in such wide-ranging genres as pop music, hip-hop and country. The effect is a vocal band. "Since I started singing with the group, we have shifted from barbershop style, where all parts sing the words of the melody, to a style where voices mimic instrumental sounds," says Matt Kiel, a senior at UR and the group's music director.

The Octaves clearly studied the pieces they performed on the CD — maybe a little too closely. Since no group can truly replicate the sound of a band like Green Day, it might have been more advantageous to explore more original interpretations of some of the pieces. That said,