Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Voice Trek has been thrilling listeners with their impeccable vocal skills since 1987. Their astonishing adaptability and inventive arrangements have defined this vocal quintet as one of the topmost in their genre. Though jazz is the group’s foundation, their house is “the house that harmony built.” Based in Minnesota, the all-original members of Voice Trek are Shelley, Vicki, and Rae Plaster - three sisters who are known for their dazzling vocal mix; the group’s tenor, Denis Allaire, specialist in vocal percussion and vocal instrumental sounds; and bringing up the bass is the dynamic Kevin Smith • the irreplaceable bottom line.
A multitalented and prolific group with numerous CD’s in their catalog, Voice Trek has appeared with renowned artists Rosemary Clooney, Janis Segal (Manhattan Transfer), and the New York Voices, to name a few, and have appeared in performance venues around the globe. Voice Trek’s newly released CD “An A cappella Trek” is already receiving enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike.
With undeniable talent and ear-catching multiplicity, these premium performers bring something for every music lover to the stage. A Voice Trek performance is a performance to remember.
• Recipients of the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Performing Artists for 2005-06 • Recently nominated for a 2006 CARA Award for best jazz vocal album • Champions & Audience Favorites at the Chicago and National Harmony Sweepstakes Vocal Competitions • Received numerous Minnesota Music Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Group • Have garnered Art Grants through the National Endowment of the Arts
Peformance hightlights include: Montreal International Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ohio Jazz Summit, San Francisco West Coast A cappella Summit; The group has toured and performed in concert venues throughout the U.S. since 1987.
“Voice Trek is cut from the same tree as the Hi-Lo’s and the Singers Unlimited. They have in common with those two groups a purity of voice, unassailable intonation, instinctive rhythm, and the ability to get inside the most complex arrangements and never lose their way. They are five people who understand the most beautiful sound that music has to offer • namely, that of the human voice, and have taken it to new and sublime heights. They are a must listen for anyone who has music in their heart and soul.” Jeremy Lubbock - Grammy Award Winning & Internationally recognized Songwriter, Arranger, and Producer.
“Treat yourself to something that will blow your mind away • gorgeous singing, so in-tune that when they sing in unison, you can’t tell there are 5 of them!” - Carol Kaye, “First Lady” of the Bass Guitar
“Voice Trek is an amazing group. They are capable of harmonies that most vocal groups could only dream of.” Lowell Pickett, Owner of the renowend jazz venue, Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis
“The very best at close harmony and group singing. A vocal group supreme!” Leigh Kamman, Host of the Jazz Image, on MPR
These five remarkable vocal musicians possess the talent and skills to transform their instruments into any sound or genre they desire, and transport themselves and their listeners anywhere hoped for. Criterion Jazz Review