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Meet Your Instructors: Barry Carl

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Here’s another post in our instructor spotlight series. A Cappella Newbies may not recognize Barry Carl’s name, but as soon as you Google him, we promise you’ll (especially if you grew up on a steady diet of PBS) say “OMG, Carmen Sandiego!”. A seasoned a cappella veteran thanks to years spent as the bass of A Cappella gods Rockapella, Barry is now a member of XRP, which is a group made up of other former Rockapella members Steve Keyes, Sean Altman and Elliott Kerman. We’re honored to have such a legend like Barry, who was a part of probably many of our first a cappella experiences, teach at this year’s VoCALnation.


Name: Barry Carl

A cappella group (if you are a part of one): XRP

Favorite song at the moment: ‘Powa’ by Tuneyards

What you’re teaching: Performance prep

What can people expect from your workshop?: some practical tools, audience participation, and fun.

What’s one a cappella thing VCN attendees might be surprised to know about you?: I sang on the soundtrack of the new Wes Anderson film, “Moonrise Kingdom.”

What’s your favorite sound, and why?: A bass drum being whacked with a dead fish. Funniest sound in the world.

Any guilty pleasures?: Spotify, home made hot sauce and motorcycles

Finally, who are you most excited to see and hear at VCN (instructor or group)?: I am always excited to hear new groups (well, new to me) in live performance.

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