Today, in an interview on PRI, composer Osvaldo Golijov
was quick to respond to the observation that Ayre
(just released on Deutsche Grammophon
) traverses an astonishing range of vocal styles, from the quite classical to an almost inhuman techno-scatting. Golijov laughed and then described Dawn Upshaw's feats as that of a "vocal octopus." "Yes, yes...a vocal octopus." I swear he repeated this million dollar marriage of words; it can't be that I misheard him. Forget song cycles, give this boy a poet laureateship!
Dawn Upshaw & Eighth Blackbird
Stanford Lively Arts
Stanford University, Memorial Auditorium
Sunday October 23, 2:30 pm