Emocapella (a portmanteau of emo and a cappella) is a critically-acclaimed all-male collegiate a cappella group at the George Washington University. Emocapella was founded in October 2001 by Eric Denman and Dan Riesser, GW sophomores at the time, who wanted to form a group that purposefully deviated from traditional a cappella. The group's first performance was in December 2001, opening for another GW a cappella group, the Vibes.
Emocapella is known for their atypically energetic shows rich with rock jumps and comedy and is credited with inventing a performance technique known as "Guerillacapella."
Emocapella has been featured in several major publications including Entertainment Weekly , Maxim Blender Magazine , and Spin magazine as well as MTV.com , and has received international mention from such sources as the British Music Magazine Kerrang!, a Japanese Radio Interview, and the German Publication Visions .
Guerillacapella is a style of a cappella singing focusing on impromptu concerts, typically on a college campus, designed to attract fans that would not normally be found at traditional a cappella concerts. The performance style is named after Guerrilla Warfare, a method of asymmetric fighting typically categorized by small, mobile groups, which use the element of surprise to ambush their enemies. Emocapella has been most prominently credited with adapting the tactic to musical performances.
Eric Denman, Dan Riesser, Ted Blumenthal, Andy Compton, Ben Ming, Neil Davidson, Dave Shapanka, Ashton Giese, Lem Adam Robinson, Matt Lockeed, Rob Goldberg, Jeremy Sykes, Drew Legando, Bradley Hutchins, Brian Becker, Ryan "Danger" Connelly, Artemy Kalinovsky, Mike Menelli, Lee Seligmann, Marc Berenson, Mac Kwon, Niels Guiller, Zach Borichevsky, Mike St. Julien, Mike Stockenblocken, Ilan Pinto, Julian Lamm, Sam Fishman, Elliot Gillerman, Rajiv Chakravarthy