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Proctor's Theater, Schenectady

Our tours this month through the autumn leaves take in just about the whole gamut of places we perform in, adapting every night to a different hall size and acoustic. We made our way to Westerly, Rhode Island for a concert on Wednesday night and came on to Schenectady today. In Westerly we performed in a converted church. Tonight we were in the 2700 seat Proctor's Theater, opened in 1926, one of the fantastically grand theaters of that era which we perform in from time to time.

It takes a lot of community support and love to safeguard them, and we love to see them so well cared for. Exactly this time last year we were in the magnificently restored Fox in Spokane from the same period. The marquees of these theaters were actually the inspiration for the cover of our new album SOMEONE NEW which is selling like hotcakes every night.






Someone New Music Video Contest Announced




Airfare & Hotel for 2 to San Francisco to see Chanticleer live*

I Feel Better

Chanticleer's ground-breaking new album Someone New is a collection of fresh a cappella arrangements of some very unlikely songs. Case in point: "I Feel Better" by Wally De Backer, a.k.a., Gotye. Chanticleer has taken this retro-soul number and flipped it into a bona fide jazz-pop anthem. Now all it needs is a music video.

This is where you come in! We want you to grab your video camera and get creative. Post your video to YouTube, submit it in the form below, and our Facebook fans will vote for their favorite. Make the winning video for "I Feel Better" and you'll receive round-trip airfare for 2 to San Francisco (within the continental USA) , 2 nights hotel accommodations, and tickets to see Chanticleer live... plus some extra little surprises once you get here!

Direct your video vision with live action, stop-motion animation, sock puppets, whatever you want. Just make sure you get it posted on YouTube and submitted by December 31st.



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Jobim, Waits, Ravel

A wild combination of composers to record today, We finished Jorge Calandrelli's timelessly elegant arrangement for us of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Chega de saudade," then Tom Wait's "Temptation" arranged by Vince Peterson. "Temptation" was one of the big hits on our 2012-13 program "The Siren's Call". Next Ravel's "Pavane" in a jazz arrangement for us by Laurence Hobgood. This is the first Chanticleer recording with each singer on his own mike. Eric's, which is gold, is a powered ribbon mike, which means it has it's own amplifier





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There are a lot of interesting looking boats on the Bay, but you can't really see them for the fog. Up here in Marin County it's sunny and beautiful as usual. We're spending Sunday doing Elbow's "Mirrorball" arranged by Peter Eldridge with a big solo. There are lots of solos on this album;we hope you'll like that. Tonight moving on to "Washing of the Water " by Peter Gabriel arranged by our friend Mason Bates. Part of our desire for this record was to work with many of today's most dynamic arrangers, in combination with some of the most brilliant and established, the latter including Jorge Calandrelli and the late Bill Finegan.