(photo credit: Courtesy of Lotan/PR)
The Voca People have landed, and Earth is a better place for it. In an
intermission-free concert at the Jerusalem Theater, the amiable aliens from the
planet Voca delighted the capacity crowd with their non-stop a capella
renderings and amusing antics, not to mention the other-worldly sounds they made
using nothing but their voices.
Based on the premise that their spaceship
had crash-landed on Earth and the only energy they could use to power their
spacecraft was music, the eight white-clad, white-faced extraterrestrials – five
men and three women – sang and danced and beatboxed their way into our hearts as
they tried to ramp up the fuel to get themselves back home.
they deftly ran through the entire evolution of music on Earth in snippets,
starting with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and zipping through such classics as
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”; “Hit the Road, Jack”; some Chuck
Berry, Elvis, ABBA, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson – moonwalk and all – and
ending with “Who Let the Dogs Out?” In another foray into Earth’s culture, the
versatile octet performed the themes from such films as James Bond, The
Godfather, The Pink Panther, ET, Mission Impossible, Rocky and Titanic,
literally using their voices as their instruments.
In fact, they used
some audience members as their instruments as well, pulling several willing
participants out of their seats to strum on their arms or tap out a rhythm on
their heads. Other entertaining activities with the audience served to further
ingratiate the vivacious Voca People with the adoring crowd.
singing as a chorale, as a duet or as soloists, the group showed tremendous
talent in their ability to sing, dance and create sounds that simply didn’t
sound human. For example, two of the men performed a sound and light piece that
sounded like an entire techno band was on stage, with a pulsating beat that
pounded the theater to the rafters.
What also rang to the rafters were
the resounding cheers of the audience as the esteemed ETs prepared to blast off
for their home planet after singing a powerful rendition of “We are the
As they shuffled off the stage with their characteristically
quirky little movements, one of the women motioned to a young man she had
previously singled out of the audience and gestured, “Call me!” Let’s hope we
have another close encounter with these people very soon.