Giving during the holiday season is inherent. Yet as we hear, some gifts are not always found in brown paper packages tied up with string. This week's All Ears explores this very idea of gift-giving in the not-so-usual holiday song format: melodies composed for others; gifts of life.
Starting out the show are composer-singer Bobby McFerrin and pianist Chick Corea. In Song for Amadeus, McFerrin showcases his mastery at vocalization in an ode influenced heavily by Mozart. The dedication allows us to hear piano in the style of a Mozart concerto. Listen for McFerrin’s signature vocalization reminiscant of Brazilian jazz improv as well as the fleeting arpeggios one would find in an aria.
Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov shares his chamber music work, Yiddishbbuk. Written in 1992, the piece was composed for string quartet, and brings forth the sorrows of the Jewish community. With piercing harmonics, abstraction and dissonance, Golijov shares his gift of composition by connecting the listener to every heartfelt turn.
Also re-gifted on the program are works by Derek Bermel, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble and Raymond Scott.