Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based sextet has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's "first instrument" - the human voice.
From the beginning, the "pact" of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, including "Vocal Group of the Year" from the LA Music Awards, an Indie nomination (the Independent GrammyTM), "Artist of the Year" (Seattle Music Awards), and Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition.
Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Liza Minnelli, Babyface, Rick Springfield and Jackson Browne to name a few, as well as with jazz legends from Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, and the New York Voices to the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Maynard Ferguson Big Band. Over the last dozen years, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on syndicated radio worldwide..
Around the globe, mesmerized audiences buzz from the thrill of m-pact's vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence. Unknowing ears of all ages come expecting entertainment but leave enriched from an indescribable experience: the musical journey across Technicolor soundscapes produced by this "Cirque du Soleil of Song".
Each of m-pact's five original studio recordings has received rave reviews and multiple awards, including Best Jazz Album, Best Pop/R&B Song, Best Male Vocalist, and Best Vocal Arrangement (the CARA Awards), Best Seasonal Album ("Indie" nomination), and Best Unsigned Band (Billboard Magazine). Pristine production, creativity, and solid songwriting are among the many strengths showcased on every m-pact recording. With national distribution by City Hall (USA) and int'l distribution by Feel Music (Korea), m-pact's music continues to reach the ears of new fans around the world.
Duwende (Doo-WEN-day) is an award-winning a cappella band from New York City. They are best known for their fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a cappella festivals across the country.
Two of Duwende's most recent albums Radio Screaming and Collective won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song from The Contemporary A cappella Society.
In 2011, Duwende released Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton Global Initiative, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, Duwende was featured as an international artist for the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta Indonesia, sharing the bill with artists Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock, Erykah Badu, and many more.