Tamar of the River A World Premiere Recording
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Tamar of the River is an allegory about the ferocity of love and the potency of belief. It s about fear driving people to contradict themselves and act in opposition to their own wishes. In this war-torn world, where the East and West are divided by a River red with blood, one young woman is called to raise her voice. As she sets out single-mindedly in pursuit of peace, each decision that brings her closer to her goal also brings unanticipated, sometimes tragic consequences.
Dreamlike and seductive it is. Power surges come when things build and build and then there are sudden exquisite moments of stark beauty: a capella simplicities with a solo voice following a breathless silence. --Talkin Broadway
Whether in solo or in groups, TAMAR OF THE RIVER (A World Premiere Recording) offers a dizzying array of vocal brilliance. Leading the cast as Tamar, Margo Seibert exposes listeners to a range of tonal and artistic maturity that Broadway's ROCKY didn't allow her to show. She flutters down chromatics with appealing dexterity and colors her notes with gripping emotionality. Her supporting cast, comprised of Ako, Erik Lochtefeld, Vince B. Vincent, Mike Longo, and Margot Bassett, all bring their individual skills to the table, ensuring that Marisa Michelson's undulating score is always beautiful, even when unnerving and discomforting. --Broadway World
Michelson s music is hard to describe; otherworldly, perhaps? It is the chanting that makes Michelson s work so striking; in many places, she uses her 12-person chorus as if they were musical instruments, complementing her five-piece band. These voices are used in the manner of strings or horns, mostly; Michelson occasionally has them sing in tones that waver above and below pitch, making things sound off-kilter. This sort of thing, elsewhere, has been known to drive my ears away; in this case, it drew me into the score a recording of which has, most fortunately, just been released by Yellow Sound. Yes, it is different, and unlike what musical theatre audiences are accustomed to but that only adds to the excitement. --Steven Suskin, Playbill
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It is so rare to encounter such a singular voice in musical theater, and Marisa Michelson is just that. The nuanced textural vocabulary that she created is captivating from the very first second of the album, and the intense beauty and excellence sustains itself through soulful song after soulful song. Intricately expansive and expansively intricate.
The singing on the recording is extraordinary as well - Michelson taught a specific vocal philosophy to all of the actors, which means every sound holds the same fiercely embodied integrity as every note of the score.
This album will delight you with an endless range of colorful pitches and luscious half-tones unleashed by none other than the power of the human voice!
Rich, seductive, and ethereal harmonies will pierce your heart, soul, and haunt you in your dreams once you enter into the world of TAMAR!
The sounds that come with every track in the album paint a vivid picture of the story being interpreted. To me, many of the intervals/dynamics that are utilized in the music are not often heard in modern musical theater today, and I find the music to finely paint humanity and nature at its most primal/alluring points. I can feel the stories being told in each number through my body, and each track progresses forward to the next in their own unique way.
This is a treat for not only musical theater lovers, but lovers of all music. If you are ready to connect body/mind/soul with music that pulsates with life, this album is for you. Let the journey begin.