The a cappella tradition goes back a long way at Northwestern and Purple Haze is one of the mainstays. The students are about to release their newest CD "Feed the Sound" and one of the PH singers, John Park got national exposure on this season's American Idol.
Formed in 1996, Purple Haze is a group of 17 talented musicians who perform with only their voices. They present three shows a year, tours both nationally and internationally, and has released six studio albums. Purple Haze has been featured on Best of College A Cappella collections, Voices Only CD compilations; received rave Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) reviews, and garnered many Contemporary A Cappella Recording Society and awards. After winning the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Midwest Quarterfinal in March, Purple Haze was one of six groups in the nation selected to compete in the ICCA Finals at the Lincoln Center in New York. They competed in April in the finals for the second time since 2007. In its freshman guide, the Daily Northwestern named Purple Haze the number one performing group on campus.
Members of Purple Haze are: Melissa Channick (General Manager), Deerfield; Lillian Cummings, Shorewood, WI; Ishan Daya, Brookfield, WI; Matt Deitchman, Allendale, NJ; Christian Gero, Bethesda, MD; Fred Geyer, Normal; Taylor Heisley-Cook, Los Angeles, CA; Julian Hicks (Secretary/Treasurer), Los Angeles, CA; Ben Hoffman,-Potomac, MD; Jane Hurh (Business Manager),Singapore; Jeff Konowitch, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Judd Korman, Northbrook; Tasha Koontz (Music Director), Spokane, WA; John Park, Northbrook; Stephanie Park (Archivist), Boulder, CO; KC Schlossberg (Music Director), Montclair, NJ, and Kate Sheridan, Annapolis, MD.
You can hear the Purple Haze at their spring shows on Friday, June 4 at 9:30pm and 11:00pm in the Louis Room in the Norris Student Center on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Their new CD "Feed the Sound" will be on sale there and on their website. For more information, visit the Purple Haze website, purplehaze.ws . You can follow Purple Haze on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
PURPLE HAZE SPRING SHOW
Friday, June 4
Norris Student Center