Amanda Tosoff

Earth Voices (Empress Music Group)

With Amanda’s sixth release as a leader, Earth Voices, she continues to pursue the creative and stylistic leap she began on Words, once again drawing on poetry with a deep personal and emotional connection. Along with strings and guest saxophonists Allison Au and Kelly Jefferson, she invites Alex Goodman, one of New York’s most vital young guitarists, to work wonders and broaden her ensemble texture. She also enlists a sterling and versatile cast of singers — Emilie-Claire Barlow, Robin Dann, Michelle Willis, Alex Samaras, Laila Biali, Lydia Persaud and Felicity Williams — to bring life to these words.

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Personnel

1. A Dream Within a Dream (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow)
Amanda Tosoff / poem: Edgar Allan Poe)
2. Sonnet 49 (feat. Robin Dann)
Luciana Souza / poem by Pablo Neruda)
3. Here and Heaven (feat. Michell Willis & Alex Samaras)
Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Aoife O’Donovan, Chris Thile
4. Birdwings (feat. Alex Samaras)
Amanda Tosoff / poem by Rumi)
5. Oh, Life (feat. & Alex Samaras)
Mike Ross (Soul Pepper Theatre)


Vocalists:
Emilie-Claire Barlow
Robin Dann
Michelle Willis
Alex Samaras
Laila Biali
Lydia Persaud
Felicity Williams
Allison Au – alto sax
Kelly Jefferson – soprano sax
Alex Goodman – guitar
Amanda Tosoff – piano
Jon Maharaj – bass
Morgan Childs – drums
Aline Homzy – violin
Jeremy Potts – violin
Laurence Schaufele – viola
Beth Silver – cello

Track Listing

  1. 1. A Dream Within a Dream (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow)
  2. 2. Sonnet 49 (feat. Robin Dann)
  3. 3. Here and Heaven (feat. Michell Willis & Alex Samaras)
  4. 4. Birdwings (feat. Alex Samaras)
  5. 5. Oh, Life (feat. Laila Biali & Alex Samaras)
  6. 6. The Fiddle and the Drum (feat. Lydia Persaud)
  7. 7. To a Stranger (feat. Felicity Williams w/ strings)
  8. 8. Finis (feat. Emilie-Claire Barlow)

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