Jubilation LOVE is the word.
The gospel according to Jubilation is love.
Love of the naked voice.
Love of losing ourselves in a sea of harmony.
Love of bringing a gospel sensibility to songs from all genres.
Jubilation is people from all walks of life, coming together to sing songs from all walks of life, reflecting universal themes of struggle, salvation, redemption and LOVE.
After 20 years firmly bedded in the gospel tradition, this Auckland-based choir is branching out in the same way gospel left the fields, and found a city groove. Our new repertoire interprets artists like Prince and The Beatles, as well as songs of founding members Jean McAllister and Rick Bryant, and places them comfortably alongside old gospel favourites by Blind Willie Johnson, Thomas A Dorsey and that wunderkind ‘Trad’. It’s a groovy mix of the divine and the profane; the sweet and the raucous; Americana meets Aotearoa.
For most in this urban vocal collective, singing is not a day job, it’s a labour of love; the way we choose to express ourselves, be together with people we enjoy and be a part of something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
For the performing artists in Jubilations’ ranks, it’s all of the above plus the chance to branch out and work a different artistic muscle; where else would you hear NZ theatre icon Jennifer Ward-Lealand Te Atamira CNZM let loose in a gospel quartet Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody, or actor/writer Fiona Samuel MNZM melt hearts on the traditional folk song Poor Wayfaring Stranger, or entertainer extraordinaire Jackie Clarke MNZM bring the house down with vintage Tom Waits.
Jubilation strives to live in that magic place where music really leaps off the stage and into the hearts of the audience. By marrying absolute attention to detail from the choral tradition to the exhilarating freedom of soloists lost in improvisation, Jubilation creates a truly unique, soulful rock ‘n’ roll experience for audiences of all ages.
If you would like to hear more from Jubilation in the future, please email [email protected]