ABOUT UP IN THE AIR...
Leading the way in contemporary a cappella for nearly two decades, Up in the Air’s complex arrangements and exciting performances have entertained audiences around the Midwest and around the world since 1995. Up in the Air was among the first vocal groups of its kind in the Midwest, performing high-energy commercial music one-on-a-part and one-on-a-mic with vocal bass and beatbox -- a generation before it was the norm for collegiate a cappella groups. Up in the Air has inspired the founding of dozens of collegiate and high school ensembles, and boasts a number of successful professional singers, producers and songwriters as alums.
Deke Sharon, music director of NBC’s The Sing Off, says of Up in the Air, “ReDUNKulous! This group can – and does – sing music so difficult that it shouldn’t be done, and then they have the audacity to make it sound easy! Up in the Air is on cutting edge of the collegiate a cappella movement, uniquely combining the excitement of a student driven group with the experience of a top-notch music educator.”
Up in the Air performs 50-70 shows each year on the road around the region, with an eclectic repertoire of a cappella pop, soul, jazz, funk, r&b, rock and world music. Up in the Air has closely collaborated with noted producers including The Dualists (Adam Levine, PJ Morton), Nick Chahwala of Swarm Logic (Katy Perry, Tricky Stewart, Mariah Carey, Nikki Minaj), and indie recording artists from across the nation.
Up in the Air has shared the stage with Rockapella, Afro Blue, M-PACT, The House Jacks, New York Voices, Naturally Seven, Rockapella's Sean Altman, rocker Ben Folds, and many others. The group has recorded four CDs, and has performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland OH), Blues Sklep (Prague, Czech Rep), Schlot Jazz Club (Berlin, Germany), Northside Tavern (Atlanta GA), Fat Fish Blue (Cleveland OH), Tuckerman Hall (Worcester MA), the Toledo Museum of Art (OH), Club Akord (Prague, Czech Rep), Rusty's Jazz Cafe (Toledo OH), Smetana Hall (Prague, Czech Rep), and on college campuses around the midwest.
Up in the Air is produced and directed by Brad Rees, who serves as principal arranger. The group is based out of the ProMusic program at Tiffin University in Ohio.
UP IN THE AIR FEATURED WITH ADAM LEVINE & PJ MORTON ON DUALISTS EP
Up in the Air's recording of "Heavy" has been featured on "Two for the Money," a new EP released by the international pop music production team, The Dualists. The album also features Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine and r&b artist P.J. Morton, who co-wrote the song along with The Dualists, Australian producer Tushar Apte, and British producer Manon Dave. Dave heard a live YouTube recording of Up in the Air's a cappella version and offered to include it as a bonus track on the EP.
(Free download here)
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
"ReDUNKulous! Up in the Air can -- and does -- sing music so difficult that it shouldn't be done, and then they have the audacity to make it sound easy! Up in the Air is on cutting edge of the collegiate a cappella movement, uniquely combining the excitement of a student driven group with the experience of a top-notch music educator.”
-- Deke Sharon, NBC-TV's The Sing-Off
"A really great group of young people -- keep doing what you're doing!!"
-- Claude McKnight, Take 6
“Great soloists, a superb blend, impressive arrangements and perfect execution. Surely one of the best collegiate groups around!”
-- Sean Altman, Rockapella founder
"Up in the Air is taking collegiate a cappella professional. Melding pop, jazz, soul and Gospel, all with rock solid vocal percussion, it's nice to know that the future of a cappella is in such good hands!"
-- Jake Moulton, vocal drums & beatbox
(mo5aic, m-pact, House Jacks)
"Up In the Air is outstanding. They are super-cool and wonderfully engaging in a live setting. They were our heroes from the moment they sang in our choir room... This is who we wanted to be."
-- Brody McDonald, vocal educator
"If you liked 'The Sing-Off,' you'll love
Up In The Air!!"
-- Laura Rice - NBC-24 TV
“Up in the Air puts on a fantastic show -- tight harmonies, wonderful soloists, complex arrangements -- they handle pop, r&b, and vocal jazz with equally accomplished aplomb. Up in the Air has a *lot* of fun up there, and the audience does too.”
-- Kid Beyond, a cappella recording artist
“This group is great! I'm thoroughly impressed with Up in the Air's dedication and performance... There's not a weak link in this chain!”
-- Eliot Sloan of Blessid Union of Souls
“I absolutely loved this group... It's 'Urban Jazz'! Elements of everything fused together to make... MUSIC! The level of musicality is very high, and the concept and sound are better than anything I've heard in a long time.”
-- Sunny Wilkinson, jazz recording artist
“Too cool... great musicianship... I like the group lots!”
-- the late Frank Mantooth, jazz legend
UP IN THE AIR 2012-13...
Emily Collins (Huber Heights OH)
Heather Traska (McFarland WI)
Katie Kufel (North Olmsted OH)
Nikki Simmons (Soldona AK)
Seth Conklin (Fort Wayne IN)
Alex Ferris (Canton OH)
Sam Miller (Grove City OH)
Ivan Santiago (Strongsville OH)
Brad Rees, director & arranger
Sam Miller and Up in the Air
perform his original song "Shalom."
PERFORMING CREDITS INCLUDE...
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland OH)
Brothers Lounge (Cleveland OH)
Fat Fish Blue (Cleveland OH)
Double Door Inn (Charlotte NC)
Northside Tavern (Atlanta GA)
Fat Matt's Rib Shack (Atlanta GA)
Schlot Jazz Club (Berlin, Germany)
Blues Sklep (Prague, Czech Republic)
Kingston Mines (Chicago)
Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians)
The Gund Arena (Cleveland Cavs)
Tuckerman Hall (Worcester MA)
Smetana Hall (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Ritz Theatre (Tiffin OH)
Fifth Third Field (Toledo Mud Hens)
Toledo Museum of Art
Club Akord (Prague, Czech Republic)
Rusty's Jazz Cafe (Toledo OH)
Kaldi's (Cincinnati OH)
Coffee Amici (Findlay OH)
Open Air am Hafen (Potsdam Germany)
DePaul University (Chicago IL)
Hartwick College (Oneonta NY)
University of Dayton (OH)
Bowling Green State University (OH)
College of Wooster (OH)
...plus hundreds of other venues...
Ulrika (Tricky Stewart’s Redzone Records)
Ben Folds (rocker & The Sing Off judge)
Sean Altman (Rockapella founder)
Kid Beyond (Beatboxer/Live-Looper)
A CAPPELLA GROUPS
The House Jacks
Breath of Soul
...and many more
Robert Lockwood Jr.
ROCK, BLUES & INDIE BANDS
Blessid Union of Souls
The Right Now
Down the Line
The Breeze Kings
Frankie’s Blues Mission
Dee Dee Bridgewater
New York Voices