All About Buford Changes & Auditions! :)
- "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice
what we are for what we could become." -Charles Dubois
After 5 great years together, All About Buford is now caught up in
the winds of change. As musicians, the hope is that we will
constantly evolve and grow and continue to create great music.
Sometimes that leads us down different paths, and that's what's
happening in All About Buford. We'd like to tell you about the new
exciting things happening, and invite you to join us if you're
interested! All About Buford will be branching out into two
different groups: both seeking new, professional members that will
bring new life and energy to each project.
Amy Malkoff will now be the anchor of All About Buford and the band's
evolution will incorporate a hip mix of pop a cappella AND music with
acoustic instrumentation. Wes Carroll will continue with All About
Buford as adjunct member. Taunia Soderquist, Shah Salmi, and Ben
Jackson will continue on with funky, jazz-infused vocal music...and a
new name (we're open to suggestions)! We will all look back fondly
on our past 5 years and support each other in our new projects moving
forward. We hope you will too!
We have some shows upcoming, and they will either be performed by the
original group, or by one of the two new incarnations check the
website for info on that, as we work out those details. If you are on
the AAB mailing list, you will remain on it, and it will also be
transferred over to the new group, unless you request otherwise
(amy@...). We promise not to bombard you with junk!
Interested in being part of change? Are you a musician with
professional experience? Here are our audition notices with contact
information. We'd love to hear from you if you think one of these is
the project for you!
*****AUDITION FOR AMY & ALL ABOUT BUFORD*****
All About Buford: All About Buford (Amy Malkoff with Wes Carroll
periodically), a nationally known pop vocal band, seeks professional,
experienced, innovative vocalists/musicians for its new incarnation.
Seeking singers with a strong solo voice (men and alto women), and a
skilled vocal percussionist. Looking for a maximum of 4 new members
who can groove. All performances are paid. Songwriting and arranging
skills a plus; ability to play other instruments also welcomed. Also
interested in incorporating pedals and effects. Songs are arranged
collectively you will not be reading from written arrangements for
the most part (think band structure). All members get a chance to
sing lead, but also will be required to sing blended but creative
backup parts. The music is pop-oriented, with a little of whatever
else moves us, so you must have a pop voice and sensibility, and a
hip look we want a good visual onstage as well as good music! Must
be able to make a commitment to some touring, and consistent gigging.
Competent mic technique and comfortable performance skills (movement,
ability to banter and joke) required.
All About Buford performs solely at listening rooms, festivals and
concert halls of prestige. We have strong relationships with many
high-end venues, with new performances being booked all the time.
Booking is done both internally and externally, but all management
and business is currently done internally by the members of the band.
New recording in the works.
Though this is not currently a full-time commitment, it may become so
at some point. All About Buford is an award-winning vocal band based
in the Boston area, but a commuting band is an option if the
strongest candidates are in disparate locations. In fact, Wes lives
in CA! Rehearsals approximately once a week, perhaps more during the
initial phase. Please contact amy@..., or
617.290.6749 with sound clips, photo and bio/resume. If you'd like to
mail recordings and materials, please send to: Amy Malkoff, 182
Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. Any questions or concerns can
also be sent to the same address. We look forward to hearing from you
and to a creative, fun, and innovative project!
****AUDITION FOR THE NEW TAUNIA, BEN, AND SHAH PROJECT*****
We're currently auditioning TENORS (male) for our one remaining spot.
Below is a list of professional requirements. Don't let the stuffy
list fool you: although we take our music seriously, we're a lot of
fun! We're seeking an outgoing, energetic and positive personality
to add to our mix:
*Tenor with a strong solo voice, ability to blend. You will be
sharing the spotlight on lead, but must also be comfortable being in
a support role. The band is all vocal....therefore you must be able
to sing solos like a vocalist, but create vocal lines like an
*Vocally: A real sense of groove and a background steeped in
soul/R&B/jazz/funk music. We want to be blown away!
*Professional performing experience: Comfort onstage with a great
presence and sense of humor. Must be comfortable interacting with the
audience and other members of the band. Must be able to MOVE (i.e.
have some general dance skills). OUTGOING & POSITIVE!
*Improvisational skills: Our repertoire is mixed, but we have a heavy
jazz/funk background. Vocal improvisation is part of what we do.
*Aural arranging: We arrange on the fly. You must be quick, have
great ears and assist in vocal arranging.
*Humor: We incorporate comedy into our songs and also our banter
*Funky: Image is important. We want someone who is hip and funky in
style and attitude.
*Travel: Must be willing to travel occassionally. (Usually anywhere
between Thurs-Sun when traveling.)
*Business: We are a self-managed band, and you must be willing to
occassionally help with managerial tasks. We work as a team.
Not Requirements, but STRONG selling points:
*Writing: We all write/compose. Looking for someone with strong
writing skills in the jazz/pop/funk genres.
*Instrumentalist: All other members play 2nd and 3rd instruments
which we occasionally use in performance. If you play an instrument
too, even better.
More about us:
The band consists of 2 other males and one female. Members are award-
winning professional vocalists. We play acoustic listening rooms,
festivals, and corporate gigs. We also all teach and run workshops
and masterclasses on a variety of vocal and performance topics. All
outgoing and fun! Group rehearsals are generally once a week on
Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Although we're not full-time, we gig
consistently and need a solid committment.
If interested, please send the following to tenorauditions@...:
1. MP3 of your singing
3. Resume and/or explanation of your experience and background
We will be doing a "pre-screening" online, and will select people for
live auditions from online submissions. We know our guy is out there!
Thanks to all for reading, and best wishes to all musically!
Amy & Wes
Taunia, Ben & Shah