1) Univox combine 70’s underground sensibilities with Motown and punk influences to craft catchy compelling songs. At first blush you may believe you are listening to a great indie-pop outfit. You would be right, but only somewhat. Citing masters such as The Kinks, Four Tops and David Bowie as their primary influences, Josh Jones, Joe Bonaventura III, Rob DeCarolis and Kent Boersma create moody sonic pop songs that alternate between perfectly catchy indie-pop and subtle, grand auditory gestures. With as much Mark E. Smith as Bryan Ferry, Josh Jones croons his way through a series of very abstruse lyrical sketches. With discernable hints of The Stooges and New Order, the surprises are dramatic and the music is refreshingly… well, fresh. With gorgeously woozy vocals laced with tight doo-wop harmonies and layered over sharp abrasive guitar hooks, these rollickin numbers effectively strip down any preconceptions of what pop music should be. Univox's debut album is a memorable testament to their prowess and musical muscle. This is a freshman album with as much punk bite as pop bark- but the bark is pretty vicious too.
The 'Lying Fuck' 7" is now out on ROIR .
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2) UniVox jazz vocal group has been created in 1999 by a group of students and teachers of the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts "Gavriil Muzicescu" in Chişinău, Moldova.
Viola Julea - soprano
Geta Burlacu - alto
Ilona Stepan - alto
Marcel Etco - tenor
Valerii Vantu - tenor
Andrei Otean - bariton
Nicolai Andrus - bas
The repertoire of the group includes compositions of most various styles and genres, performed a cappella. But the preferred styles of UniVox group is the jazz and folk. Alongside well-known compositions of jazz mainstream, the group is performing music of Moldovan composers – Igor Iachimciuc, Marian Starcea, Dmitri Belinschi.
A special highlight was the UniVox vocalists participation in the workshops of such jazz celebrities as
a phenomenal jazz singer Anca Parghel, Belgium
Ivan Paduart, piano, Belgium
founder of the first moldavian jazz quartet, Mikhail Alperin, piano, Norway
The UniVox jazz vocal group counts it a privilege to be able to participate in many national and international contests and fetivals :
"Marţişor" - Chişinău, Moldova (2000, 2006, 2007)
"Jazz Weekend" - Chişinău, Moldova (1999, 2000)
Ethno Jazz Festival - Chişinău, Moldova (2004, 2005)
"Intact" - Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2003)
Festival international de musique universitaire (FIMU) - Belfort, France (2000, 2001)
New Impro Music festival - Regensburg, Germany (2002)
In April 2004 UniVox won the third place at the international competition - festival "DODJ"(Donetsk, Ukraine).
In November 2006 UniVox participated in national festival "The days of Moldova in Belarus".
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