Davóne Tines | Recital No. 1: Mass

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

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CAROLINE SHAW                                       “Kyrie”
(b. 1982)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH           “Wie Jammern Mich”
(1685-1750)                                              from BWV 170

(b. 1980)                                            Songs for Death
I.                                                          “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord”
II.                                                          “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
III.                                                         “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”


CAROLINE SHAW                                       “Agnus Dei”
(b. 1982)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH           “Komm Süßes Kreuz”
(1685-1750)                                                    from St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244         

MARGARET BONDS                                   “To a Brown Girl, Dead


CAROLINE SHAW                                       “Credo”
(b 1982)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH           “Mach Dich Mein Herze Rein”
(1685-1750)                                                    from St.Matthew Passion, BWV 244

MOSES HOGAN                                           “Give Me Jesus”


CAROLINE SHAW                                       “Gloria”
(b. 1982)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH           “Quia Fecit Mihi Magna”
(1685-1750)                                                    from Magnificat in D, BWV 243

MOSES HOGAN                                           “My Good Lord Done Been Here


CAROLINE SHAW                                       “Sanctus”
(b. 1982)

Davóne TINES                                               “Amazing Grace”
(b. 1986)

JULIUS EASTMAN                                      “Prelude to the Holy Presence of
(1940-1990)                                                        Joan D’Arc”        


IGEE DIEUDONNÉ,                                      “Chorale”
(b. 1991/b. 1986)