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7 pm to 8 pm in the Sanctuary – a cappella perfect 5-part harmony by Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee and Taylor Caswell. This vocal quintet with its percussive accents and infectious swing defines jazz in the traditions of Manhattan Transfer, Pentatonix and Lambert Hendrix and Ross. With and the spiritual musings of Reverend Shana.
Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria. Its five members met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a cappella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz and R&B in five-part harmony.
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Natasha Penfield’s vocal versatility is thanks to her passion across musical genres – as well as her years of study in musical theatre, classical, and contemporary music. A soprano, with high notes described as “ethereal”, she rounds off the top harmonies in Fifth Street.
Both a professional vocalist and music educator, Jilaine Orton’s alto voice brings a unique warmth to Fifth Street’s sound. She spearheads the quintet’s educational clinics, where her expertise as a performer and teacher shines as an invaluable asset to the ensemble.
Ryan Narciso is a singer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist whose Youtube cover songs have garnered millions of views. Having performed around the world with award-winning musicians such as Tori Kelly and Jed Madela, he now lends his talents to Fifth Street as the quintet’s tenor.
In addition to performing as Fifth Street’s beatboxer, Kenji Lee also frequently sings with the quintet as a baritone and bass. Kenji is a prolific arranger who finds inspiration in fusing current popular music with both jazz and electronic dance.
Trained as a vocalist, pianist and bassist from childhood, Taylor Caswell was influenced by a variety of musical styles including pop, jazz, and musical theatre. He now sings as Fifth Street’s bass while occasionally arranging for the group.
Enjoy jazz with a splash of spiritual inspiration in venues with exquisite sound and setting. These hour-long evening services are a unique blend of jazz and spirituality. Each service brings together live music from popular local jazz musicians, a brief meaningful message, and a little of the history of the music performed.