As reported last semester in A&E, shape note singing, a style of a cappella folk music that originated in England, is having something of a revival. The most prominent example of renewed interest in these backwoods harmonies is their use in the Academy Award-nominated film “Cold Mountain.”
The music in “Cold Mountain” was provided in part by local musician Tim Erickson. Along with his wife, University School of Music professor Mirjana Lausevic, music education senior Kim Bahmer, music performance senior Kristin Irving and more than 30 other singers, Erickson will perform two of the numbers from the film on the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday.
According to Irving, the group will also attend a recording session while in California and hopes to attend exclusive studio parties after the ceremony.