Recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, June 1, 2012
Conspiracy of Beards
2. If it be your will
3. Chelsea Hotel # 2
4. So long Marianne
5. Who by fire
6. Don't go home with your hard-on
7. Is this what you wanted
8. Conspiracy of Beards origins
11. Famous blue raincoat
12. A singer must die
13. Bird on a wire
In 2012 Cocpiracy of Beards commanddered a bus and traveled from San Francisco up the Pacific Coast to perform a benefit concert on June 1 at Heritage Hall in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards is a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.
Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of the churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. With influences ranging from jazz and gospel, to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music, and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing, and spirituality.
Formed in 2003 through the inspiration of the late performance artist Peter Kadyk, the choir has become an integral part of the San Francisco music scene with performances at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Jewish Music Festival, Cafe Du Nord, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco City Hall and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as dozens of bars, bookstores, galleries, hospices, and various other community centers.
More information about the Beards at conspiracyofbeards.com
Thanks to Clay Eugene Smith for the information and the album