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Music of J. S. Bach; Julius Eastman, Margaret Bond and Caroline Shaw; spirituals arranged by Tyshawn Sorey, Moses Hogan and Davóne Tines
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone; Lester Green, piano
Heralded as a “singer of immense power and fervor” (Los Angeles Times), the incredibly gifted American bass-baritone Davóne Tines has also established himself as a creative artist of originality, presenting here a highly unusual recital in the form of a mass. In what The New York Times calls “a model of adventurousness and a personal exploration,” Tines brings together works of J.S. Bach; spirituals arranged by Tyshawn Sorey, Moses Hogan and Tines himself; rarely heard songs of Julius Eastman and Margaret Bonds; and a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
“In a matter of minutes, we had traversed multiple centuries and worlds, yet all the music was filtered through the taut resonance of one voice: a timbre at once grand and fraught, potent and vulnerable…I had never heard a recital quite like it, instead of the usual smorgasbord of tastefully varied selections, it felt like a sustained creative statement, almost a composition in itself.” — Alex Ross, The New Yorker
“charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone” — The New York Times
“brazen and brilliant… the music commands attention: wild, grand, delirious, demonic, an uncontainable personality surging into sound.” — The New Yorker on Julius Eastman