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Girl group sings sassy, soulful songs

Get ready for another British invasion, America, because Little Mix is here to stay. Though boy bands are becoming prominent once again, girl groups are regaining momentum with the likes of Fifth Harmony, the revival of Danity Kane and Little Mix.

After becoming the first group to win “The X Factor” in the U.K., Little Mix has found success with their first two albums.

The group has been nominated for numerous awards and won the award for best girl band in the “Best of 2013 Awards.”

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall form the sassy, dynamic group.

Each had failed to pass the bootcamp round of the British competition show, and Simon Cowell brought them back to compete as a group.

All in their early 20s, these women bring youth, energy and confidence to their sophomore effort, “Salute.”

Little Mix released their second studio album earlier in February after a November release in the U.K. It was worth the wait.

After finding international success in 2013, Little Mix is solidifying its spot in America’s list of favorite girl groups.

The resilient, tight vocals and harmonies from all four women produce an album that far succeeds from their debut, “DNA.”

“Salute” is an R&B infused, hip-hop-influenced pop album that contains dance tracks as well as ballads. Little Mix’s cites the Spice Girls, Destiny’s Child and TLC as some of their inspirations.

This is evident throughout the album as the 90s club vibe shines in “About That Boy,” “Nothing Feels Like You” and “Mr. Loverboy.”

As slick as the more upbeat tracks are, the ballads highlight Little Mix’s versatility in sound and style. The women express both sadness and anger in “These Four Walls” and “Good Enough,” which has the women saying “Sorry for the smile I’m wearing now,” after appreciating the rejection from an undeserving man.

The group boasts on female empowerment, strength and confidence in “Salute,” “See Me Now” and “A Different Beat.” The confidence oozes as they chant, “I look in the mirror and I like what I see.” The album touches on break-ups, love, anger and everything in between. “Salute” embraces women despite the circumstances that they find themselves or put themselves in.

Little Mix’s “Salute” is available for digital download on iTunes and available for purchase in stores. You can also check out “Salute” on KSLC 90.3 FM and listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.

Vanessa So / KSLC Music Director

Vanessa  So            can          be            reached   at             linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com


Classical groups combine for memorable night

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Spencer Beck / Staff Photographer

Gregory Ewer and Adam LaMotte of “3 Leg Torso” break loose of their classical musician poses in the energy of the second half of their show. The musical group, “45th Parallel,” combined with “3 Leg Torso” for a concert on Feb. 21. The first half of their concert was “Sextet in C
Major, Op. 37” by Ernó Dohnány. As a general rule, songs written in the key of C major are happy. This song is an exception, said Gregory Ewer. The song was chosen for its harmonic ambiguity. Ewer is the artistic
director for “3 Leg Torso.” The second half of the show featured
adaptations of upbeat, poppy, fast paced songs.


Spencer Beck/Staff photographer


Linfield Concert Choir hosts choir invitational

Choir Concert

“The voices of the Linfield Concert Choir resonated with high school choir students on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 in Ice Auditorium. Surrounding high schools gathered together to showcase their voices to other schools at the Linfield College Small School Invitational. The Linfield Concert Choir started off the invitational by singing the song To Morning to welcoming the choirs to Linfield.”

The voices of the Linfield Concert Choir resonated with high school choir
students on Feb. 19 in Ice Auditorium. Surrounding Yamhill high schools

gathered together to showcase their voices to other schools at the Linfield
College Small School Invitational. The Linfield Concert Choir started the invitational by singing the song “To Morning.”

Spencer Beck/Staff photographer


Jazz night features funky tunes


Linfield College Jazz Band gave a funky performance on Nov.

20, in Ice Auditorium during their annual Jazz Night Concert.

The ensemble was led by Associate Professor of Music, Steve

Kravitz and was a combination of both Linfield students and

members of the McMinnville Community Ensemble.

The night was kicked off by Erik Morales’s ”Feelin’ the

Funk” which featured a strong brass section and an authoritative

bass line. The trumpet section towards the end of the piece used

mutes to transform the brassy sound of the trumpet to a

heightened and higher pitch, creating an interesting blend with

the rest of the ensemble. “Send in the Clowns” composed by

Stephen Sondheim followed the funky number which put the

spotlight on the saxophone section. The number also and featured

soloist Justin Waterhouse on a well-done trombone solo and a

nice tutti featuring the all of the brass section.

“In the Mellow Tone” brought the audience back to a classic

Duke Ellington swing feel. The piece featured the rhythm section

walking an evident blues scale and featured powerful dynamics

from the rest of the ensemble. “Spain” was featured next which

took the audience by storm opening with its strong dynamics and

sultry sound. The piece was especially advanced with a three

against four time, making the ensemble look to the strong rhythm

section to lead them through the piece. The piece also mirrored

a sassy flute played by freshmen Olivia Marqyadt that mirrored

the exotic Spanish feel.

“Slide Ride” provided a fun and corky feel to the

performance featuring the trombone section. Next was Lullaby

in Birdland featuring vocalist senior Gulfem Torunlar and an

impeccable rhythm section. Torunlar’s smooth alto voice in the

ballad captivated the audience with a soft piano solo featuring

senior Max Milander. Torunlar treated the audience again with a

jazz favorite “The Lady is a Tramp” by Tony Bennet. This sassy

number featured yet again the impeccable tone of Torunlar as

well as a strong swing from the rhythm section.

“88 Basie Street” written for the infamous Count Basie

Band, featured a smooth piano solo by Milander. The famous

tune was written to display the talents of the keys player and

Milander delivered, leading the band throughout the piece with

multiple piano solos.

The concert concluded on a strong note with a piece called

“Omaha” by Maynard Ferguson. The piece featured a break to

feature sophomore drummer Jeff Laws and also featured senior

bassist Sylvan Tovar and multiple solos from the sax section.

Overall the concert was a nice treat for the Linfield Campus and

community members alike.

by Camille Weber / Columnist

Soloists Sing Broadway Classics

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Students from the music theatre cabaret class performed Broadway musicals on Nov. 21.

The theme of the event was “The Lullaby of Broadway.”

“This term we have been focusing on repertoire up through the 1960s, which were known

as the ‘Golden Years’ of musical theater,” said Adjunct Professor of Music Natalie Gunn, who

directed and prepared the students in their performances for the event.

Broadway scenes and songs were performed from a variety of musicals, including

“Anything Goes,” “The Fantasticks,” “Street Scene,” “Carousel,” “The King & I,” “Showboat,”

“Guys & Dolls,” “Annie, Get Your Gun.”

The performers included Izgi Gulfem Torunlar, junior Ryan Thompson, junior Jeremy

Odden and freshman Mary Beth Jones. The students performed duets and solos to the songs. All

four of them also sang together in the beginning and end of the event.

During the final song “Anything Goes” by producer Cole Porter, both Odden and

Thompson acted out proposal to two women from the local Hillsdale Retirement Community.

One of the women, Kit Nelson, said that it was honorable to be purposed to at her age.

“Cole Porter was saying [in the song] isn’t it amazing how times have changed,” Gunn said

when describing the significance of “Anything Goes. “Isn’t it amazing how loose and crazy

people are. Now it’s 2013 and ‘Anything Goes’ means something very different.”

However, Gunn also said that through the performance the performers to the “Anything

Goes” the performers work portray the innocent spirit of the era when the song was produced in 1934.

“[The event] was lovely. I did not know what to expect at all,” said Gale Williams,

member of Hillsdale Retirement Community and 1947 Linfield alumna.

Gunn said that in May the music theatre cabaret class will be focusing modern day

repertoire from the 1970s through today’s new music.

by Mariah Gonzales / Culture Editor