What do television, the Eiffel Tower and Pipeline Vocal Project have in common? All three were (or in one case, are about to be) featured at the Universal Expo, better known in the United States as The World’s Fair, this week in Dubai.
Still marketed as World Expo 2020, this is the first time such an event has taken place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. With 192 nations scheduled to be present and/or involved in some way, Pipeline Vocal Project appears to be the only representatives from the 49th state. “We want people here to know that Alaska, Alaskans and Alaskan music are represented on such a big world stage,” said viola, vocal percussionist and band manager Lisa Hawkins in a interview last week.
For those who don’t know them yet, Pipeline Vocal Project is an all-female a cappella vocal trio based in Anchorage, consisting of Adriana Latonio (soprano), Lisa Hawkins (viola/vocal percussion) and Molly Dieni (viola/bass). Since coming together around a shared love for music, they’ve gone from practicing in a parking lot near UAA to performing at the Alaska State Fair, going viral on TikTok (multiple times), being named Anchorage Press’s Best New Group for 2020, and just last weekend, as part of the Miss America Homecoming celebration.
Now they are ready to travel over 6,000 miles for their next gig. “(Otherwise, why would we (we) have the opportunity to go somewhere like this and do what we love and share our music while we do it? It’s a dream come true.” With this year’s Expo aiming to showcase the best examples of innovation, cooperation and collaboration, Pipeline Vocal Project is truly the perfect representative of Alaska. As an a cappella group, these things are practically second nature.
When asked what it means to represent the United States, and specifically Alaska, Lisa admitted, “I’m not even sure I’ve figured that out yet. It is an honor and a privilege. We have worked so hard for the past two years during the pandemic. It really feels like we have real impact with what we do.
Pipeline Vocal Project will open for Brooklyn-born R&B artist Maya Azucena on the Jubilee Main Stage of the USA Pavilion (sponsored by the US State Department). Be sure to follow Adriana, Lisa and Molly on their World Expo experience on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, @pipelinevocalproject, and listen to their debut album, Bronze, wherever you find your music. For more information or to book them for your next event, visit www.pipelinevocalproject.com.