Voca People to land at Community Arts Center
A group of friendly, music-loving aliens from the planet Voca will be visiting the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
“The Voca People are friendly aliens from the planet Voca, somewhere behind the sun … where all communication is made by music and vocal expressions. The Voca People believe that life is music and music is life. They visit planet Earth and they have a lot to sing about,” a statement on their website says.
Of course, the Voca People aren’t aliens really, but that’s their unique “schtick.” They really stick to it, too, with just about everything revolving around their alien-origins, and most importantly, music.
Their members’ names are listed as: Beat On, Scratcher, Tubas, Tenoro, Bari-ton, Alta, Mezzo and Soprana, obvious references to music.
In reality, they are a very talented theater group who paint themselves white and perform musical numbers, but without instruments or special effects; just their vocals (hence the name Voca People).
They are painted white entirely except for their red lips, presumably to reinforce their all-vocal performance. Their spaceship is powered by music.
Anyone who has seen the classic 1993 film “Coneheads” may have an idea of Voca People’s personas. Like the Coneheads, Voca People are comical and talk in a similar fashion, but infuse music.
Their repertoire consists of a cappella and beatbox numbers ranging from Madonna and Queen to Mozart.
” One in particular is simply great. It’s the Doors’ ‘People Are Strange,’ with Chelsey Keding on lead. Hearing it, you realize that this song was always meant to be delivered by beings from outer space,” a 2011 review in the New York Times says.
The Voca People made their debut in 2009, when their first video clip appeared on YouTube. Since then, collectively, they’ve acquired over 20 million views.
Voca People’s original creator is Lior Kalfo, an actor-writer-director, and present writer and director of Voca People.
He has an interesting resume, having co-written and starred in a popular Israeli television comedy series, “The Comedy Store.” It ran for a total of 102 episodes and won numerous awards. Lior also stars in the Emmy Award winning series, “Ramzor.”
Also credited with Voca People’s creation is Shai Fishman, as its composer, musical director and arranger.
They have performed all over the world, and even performed on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in 2011.
Currently overseas, the group will make their way to the United States, but for only three dates on the entire east coast, one of which, of course, being Williamsport.
“An evening of total excitement, music of all times, comedy and audience participation. After a millennium of space travel, The Voca People, are finally landing on the unfamiliar planet Earth, sadly discovering that their precious spaceship charger – Musical energy – has completely emptied,” their website, www.voca-people.com, says.
“Slowly, The Voca People learn the strange habitants, habits and music of planet Earth, and with the help of the audience, musically energize their unique spaceship.”
To purchase tickets, visit caclive.com.
To learn more about the Voca People, visit voca-peo ple.com or find them on Facebook and YouTube.