Questionisms – Jeeves Murphy

Last one! We can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow night!

Euphonism Nickname(s): Mack ‘n Jeeves
How long have you been in the group: 5 months
Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: … (he was so surprised he’s speechless)
Favorite rehearsal memory: I’m not sure if I could pick a favorite; rehearsals are such a blast. It was probably when I sang through my first song with Euphonism off music.  I don’t even remember what song it was, but it was a great feeling.  You know when you feel like you’re where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to, or feel like you’re belong?  Yeah, it was that sort of feeling.
Favorite performance: Well, of all of the performances I’ve had (it’s a joke, because I’ve only performed with Euph twice on stage), it would definitely be London.  I felt so comfortable being on stage, and I know I looked pretty baller in my Euph-Suit – just sayin.
Best thing Charlie said to during the recording process: “Who are you!?” (read as surprise when I was able to belt a high B-flat on “Good Life”).
Why you are excited about this album: Not only is this our first full-length album, but this is my first full-length album with any group I’ve been with.  It also will include my first mass-produced solo on track 5.  This is something I’ve always wanted to do, but just never worked out until now.
The recording process in one word: Exhausting

What’s next for Euphonism: We’re taking over the aca-world… didn’t you know?


Questionisms – Johanna Horn

Euphonism Nickname(s): Joh,  7/8, and Princess Caucasia
How long have you been in the group: 1 year exactly!
Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: hmm.  Singing in NYC at VoCALnation with Duwende and The Swingle Singers ( to name a few) and   I guess another one would be how totally amazing and inappropriate everyone is.
Favorite rehearsal memory:  Gosh, they are all my favorites.  But I loved the time we sang the explicit genre warm up.  It was Mercy with the F-bomb substituted for the lyrics.  Quite hilarious!
Favorite performance: London A Cappella Festival-  hands down!  We were so excited and had bonded so much that it made performing better.  And, we were so impressed by the other groups that we stepped our game up and brought the party!
Best thing Charlie said to you during the recording process:  Not sure I paid attention..oops?  Charlie didn’t say anything too special, but in general comes up with gems in rehearsal that lead to lots of Charlie jokes.  Maybe he told me to “be better”?
Why you are excited about this album: I’ve never done this before!  I’ve always wanted to be on a CD and what better way than with an amazing group of people.
The recording process in one word: Electrifying
What’s next for Euphonism: being best buddies with Sara B.. Oops, that’s just me! More awesome shows with influential groups

Questionisms – Laura McCann

Euphonism Nickname(s): Granny, Captain Crunch

How long have you been in the group: August 2008

Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: How we’ve managed to get both sillier and better at the same time.

Favorite rehearsal memory: When John did a 90 second preview roundup of every song on our upcoming album.

Favorite performance: I love all of the proposals and weddings that we have done– something always gets in my eye during those, dammit!  VoCAL Nation 2011 was amazing, as was London A Cappella festival 2012.

Best thing Charlie said to during the recording process: “That was great and sounded really good, but I want you to never sing it like that ever again.”

Why you are excited about this album: What’s not to be excited about?  Seriously, this is not a rhetorical question.

The recording process in one word: Crunchy.

What’s next for Euphonism: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!


Questionisms – Charlie Friday

Euphonism Nickname: C-Fri

How long have you been in the group: I have been in the group for about 3 and a half years now, since August 2008.

Biggest surprise about the group after you joined:The biggest surprise, for me, was the way the core, starting with Joe and Amanda, pushed the group in a very nice way to always improve.  That is rare in musical ensembles.

Favorite rehearsal memory: Oh, favorite rehearsal memory.  There are so many.  I think for me, it was the moment the group realized, about a year ago, that we could pull off an emotionally charged song, seriously, and have it work.  That was a huge, huge moment.  Also all of the laughter.  Music is FUN.

Favorite performance: My favorite performance was actually not the London A Cappella Festival, like I imagine so many people will say.  My favorite one was the debut of us using extensive effects live at Jammin’ Java.  Because again, it was a big transitional “we CAN do this” moment.  The whole experience of London was amazing, but that was a culmination for me, of a lot of things, but I went into that confident that we could succeed there, so it wasn’t as dramatic of an event, for me, personally.

Best thing Charlie said to during the recording process: Well, this is awkward.  I do talk to myself, but…  I shall not disclose what goes on when no one is around in the studio.  Things are said.  They can’t be repeated.

Why you are excited about this album: I am excited about this album, because it’s the end result of over a year of hard work, passion, and great music.  I’m really proud of the work we’ve done, and the feeling we put into the performances.

The recording process in one word: Exhilarating

What’s next for Euphonism: Well, we have a busy month coming up in March, 3 headlining gigs.  For me, I’d like to get to the next 5 songs going (they are in the hopper), which will be our last 5 cover songs.  Then the group has decided to take a crack at writing original music, as several of us do that on our own already.  And get the last 3 effects pedals integrated into our set!  😀  And, and, and!!


Questionisms – John Baer

Euphonism Nickname(s): Ole Yaybles

How long have you been in the group: I was this close to getting a chair on the Polish Philharmonic, and I nailed the audish, but I didn’t get it. Guess who did…Yo-Yo Ma’s cousin…little “nepotiz”. Anyway, I just decided to give up and become a member of Euphonism in January 2008.

Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: How easy everybody was to impersonate.

Favorite rehearsal memory: Any time we warm up by singing one of our songs in a different genre of music. (For example, “Smooth Criminal” in the style of Bluegrass).
Favorite performance: When Bobby McFerrin sung the Bach aria while those in the audience sang the Gounod and then…oh, favorite Euphonism performance? Well, our “Hometown Glory” in England was pretty amazing.
Best thing Charlie said to during the recording process: “John, it’s not ‘I DON’T KNOOWWW.’ It’s more like ‘EEYYYEE DONNAAHHO'” (When I was trying to sing the very high Michael Jackson vocal parts at the end of the “Smooth Criminal” recording session).
Why you are excited about this album: Because when you start playing it right at the beginning of Wizard of Oz, it TOTALLY syncs up, dude.
The recording process in one word: Cromulent.
What’s next for Euphonism: We’re changing our name from “Euphonism” into an unpronouncable symbol.

Questionisms – Amanda Aldag

Euphonism Nickname(s): J’amanda

How long have you been in the group: Helped found the group back in February 2006.

Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: That every small success or lesson learned makes the group want to get better. The collective fire burning in everyone’s eyes is inspirational. And that the current group has completely complimentary senses of humor.

Favorite rehearsal memory: When John and Johanna broke into an improvisational comedic version of The Prayer.

Favorite performance: Going with a regular stage performance, it is hard to decide between VoCAL Nation 2011 and London A Cappella Festival 2012. At VCN we just started to make a statement and by LACF our performance just spoke for itself. Performance aside, traveling with the group to London was one of the single most enjoyable experiences of my life.

Best thing Charlie said to during the recording process:  “You are going too hard too soon.” Oh, Charlie….

Why you are excited about this album: I’ve never seen a group of people work harder. It’s been so much fun getting to know everyone in the group through the process. It’s amazing to watch this group tackle potentially stressful challenges with a smile and come out on the other side better performers and stronger friends.

The recording process in one word: Emotional

What’s next for Euphonism: More pedals. Original music. Bigger stages. And more sporking.


Questionisms – Joe Kang

One week from today we’re celebrating the release of our long awaited album, Stuck in a Memory.

Since we are all brimming with excitement to share our work with you, we thought we’d lead up to the release party with an inside peek at what’s going on in our heads as we finalize our preparations. We start with 1 of our 2 founding members, our bass man, Joe Kang.

Euphonism Nickname(s): Taste of Asian

How long have you been in the group: Since the beginning – co-founder back in February 2006

Biggest surprise about the group after you joined: Our first gig was the national anthem for the Caps, and that I was the high tenor

Favorite rehearsal memory: Watching an auditionee sit on my ottoman and totally fall backwards, exposing herself to us

Favorite performance: London A Cappella Festival 2012, Hometown Glory by having the audience become completely silent to listen and then smacking them in the face with Smooth Criminal to finish the performance

Best thing Charlie said to you during the recording process: If you start getting too excited, you’ve got to pull it out a little bit

Why you are excited about this album: Because it’s the first legit album of ours with all of the right people with the right mindset, passion, and dedication in place. it’s a culmination of over a year’s worth of time and effort.

The recording process in one word: Turn down the suck, Jeeves. Just kidding. In one word: twerk.

What’s next for Euphonism: Puppies. Or more amazing performance opportunities in DC and around the world!