Knew I would miss 'em:
Anonymous 4 American Angels
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m., $29/28
Take a 300-year journey through American song with four women renowned for their virtuosic singing and unearthly vocal blend. Featuring “Amazing Grace” and “Wondrous Love,” along with songs from the Bay Psalm Book (the first book published in the English-speaking New World). A question-and-answer session with the artists will be held following the performance.
Want to know more? See Anonymous 4 - American Angels:
Anonymous 4 turns from the medieval repertoire to explore the roots of American sacred music. Developed in Toni Morrison’s Atelier program at Princeton in spring 2003, American Angels includes songs of redemption and glory from the time of the American Revolution to the present day: 18th-century psalm settings from rural New England, 19th-century shape-note and camp revival songs from the rural South, and some of the nation’s best-loved gospel songs.
And also the Anonymous 4 Tour Dates. Guess I could drive out and catch the show in Northampton. . .
Remembered the show -- and hoped, in vain, that I hadn't managed to miss it -- while in Columbus, when Neo played some Rasputina and mentioned their cd of madrigals.
Like most Negroes, I'm all about the madrigals.
Oh, and cello-playing goth babes:
Only the odd little songs she made up as a child gave any indication of the direction Melora Creager would take. "I remember a 'Ballad of Lizzie Borden,' where I hit the piano with my hands, like I was chopping," she recalls. "That was my five-year-old taste."
That mixture of childlike playfulness and dark humor is a hallmark of the music Creager makes today with Rasputina, the world's greatest female cello Goth-rock trio. Whether singing about burial rites for broken dolls and crushes on boys at state fairs, wearing corsets and bloomers as stage costumes, or collaborating with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson, Creager has shaped her fanciful artistic vision into an ensemble that's unique in both the worlds of rock and stringed music.
Unlike Jason, however, I realize that such women are bright and beautiful, but best appreciated from a distance. Y'know. Like Hiroshima.
You can listen to some samples from the safety of your computer at Rasputina - Audibles. For the Buffyheads in the audience, I regret to inform that Transylvanian Concubine is not among them.
Update: Right, you can also hear some Anonymous 4 on their Harmonia Mundi page.
I don't think they were ever on Buffy, though.