Steven Mackey -
'... eighth blackbird manage its musical complexities without a trace of demurring.'
I find myself compelled to ask searchingly just how much repetition Lonely Motel will merit; the profiles show several of its participants are multi-talented and unequivocally in demand among academic programmers, college lecturers, performing arts pedagogues, and festival directors.
Of course one might equally ask how often I'm likely to listen to the recorded 'South Pacific' or 'Phantom of the Opera'? Through its disparate character, Lonely Motel certainly exhibits impressive continuity and eighth blackbird manage its musical complexities without a trace of demurring.
The music segues deftly from rock power trio, madrigal singing and intense post-minimalism to eighteenth century contrapuntal writing...
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Masterton, New Zealand