A Cappella From the Ridiculous to the Sublime
Flying Without Instruments, also known as FWI (pronounced "fwee"), a quirky and versatile San Francisco-based a cappella ensemble, is now in its 13th year. FWI mounts regular concerts in San Francisco and the East Bay and has also sung at private parties, weddings, halfway houses, and religious services, and has performed twice in the regional Harmony Sweeps competition. Last April, we were honored to sing in the groundbreaking gospel Shabbat service at Temple Sinai in Oakland written and conducted by our music director, Stephen Saxon.
FWI's repertoire ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime, from the elegant to the uproarious. According to the non-profit group Bread & Roses, FWI's shows are "well-paced, moving nimbly from the sacred to the profane, keeping it interesting and entertaining every step of the way."
To listen to excerpts from FWI’s recordings, or to buy one of your very own, go to the Buy page.
FWI has some new faces! About a year ago, we hired Stephen Saxon as our first professional director, and recruited three wonderful new singers. We’ll be debuting our new lineup and lots of new music at concerts on December 11 at the Randall Museum in San Francisco, and on December 12 at St Albans in Albany. Come check out the new FWI! For more information, go to our shows page!
FWI Stars in "Life Takes Harmony"! Recently, FWI was honored to participate
in Visa's 48 Hour short film competition.
Finalists from Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco had just 48 hours to write,
cast, shoot and edit a short film, complete with soundtrack and special effects.
NEWS FLASH: "EXIT" is now on the web! watch
The plot: A hapless janitor (our Greg Campbell) is cleaning up in an old-fashioned, empty movie theater, when he hears a haunting voice. He turns around and realizes that modern-day sirens (FWI) are singing to him from the big screen. He reaches out, and in a flash of light, he joins them on screen. The singers burst into spirited song, and walk into the San Francisco sunset, with the janitor - now doing some mean vocal percussion and wearing a fedora - leading the way.