Check out this new video from Playbill.com, as they go backstage at Lincoln Center Festival’s Monkey: Journey to the West and give a peek at the intricate workings of the show which features a cast of Chinese acrobats, singers, contortionists and martial artists.(Photo by Stephanie Berger)
Sinéad O’Connor, Ireland’s most renowned female vocalist, has always imbued her music—in any genre—with a powerful sense of raw spirituality. So perhaps it should be no surprise that this multiplatinum-selling artist has always harbored a deep love for the sounds of classic soul gospel music, one of the most joyful and deeply spiritual forms of music anywhere in the world. Sinéad’s personal soundtrack has always been marked by artists like Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the Staple Singers, and for these two special nights at Alice Tully Hall, she treats audiences to a joyous romp through some of her favorite songs of that era, with a few surprises along the way, backed by a band specially assembled for this event which includes members of The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Soul Stirrers under the musical direction of Oscar- and Tony-nominated composer and pianist Bob Telson. A follow-up to her jaw dropping cameo at last year’s Lincoln Center Festival tribute to Curtis Mayfield, this exclusive concert is Sinéad’s only U.S. appearance this summer. Guest performers include The Inspirational Voices of The Abyssinian Baptist Church.
Lincoln Center Festival
July 26 and 27
Alice Tully Hall
"As an act of an opera, “Michaels Reise” is boldly unconventional in being scored just for instruments. Instead of singers, soloists from the ensemble portray the characters, led by a trumpeter as the searching Michael, who in this act is seen taking his spiritual quest around the world… ‘Michaels Reise’ is as arresting as anything you will see in an opera house."- The New York Times
Check out Michaels Reise um die Erde before it closes on Saturday, July 20 at the Lincoln Center Festival.
(Photo: Stephanie Berger)
"When the composer John Zorn sat at the organ in Alice Tully Hall on Thursday evening, an eclectic range of sounds tumbled forth. Strange rumbling textures, riotous cacophonic passages and spare, isolated notes were followed by an almighty din created when he pressed his elbows against the keys to create huge cluster chords.” -Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times
Read on to see what happened next at this week’s special John Zorn celebration concert, Zorn@60, at the Lincoln Center Festival. And check out the final concert on Saturday, July 20 at Alice Tully Hall.
(Photo: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times)