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Mythologies CD (2006)

Artist: Patricia Barber

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In 2003, acclaimed singer-pianist Patricia Barber became one of the few jazz musicians ever to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she took the opportunity to create one of the most ambitious and affecting works of her career. Embarking on a bold, exciting musical adventure, Barber brings her compositional sophistication to new heights with Mythologies, a song cycle based on Greek mythology where each of the 11 mythological characters in Ovid's Metamorphoses is fleshed out in music.


Label Blue Note
SKU 202749139
UPC 094635956429
UPC 14 00094635956429
Format CD
Release Date 8/15/2006
Author Patricia Barber
Featuring Patricia Barber
Artist Bio
Patricia BarberWith voice, words, and piano, Patricia Barber delivers intelligence and insouciance. She is a singular jazz singer and pianist, but for the last few years it is her songwriting that has been attracting big attention. In concert, she confides by whispering a song of sweet nothings into the listener?s ear, then surprises with a rock-edged and trashy song about a one-night stand. She comes across more street-smart than book-smart.And now Barber?s gone academic, though the result is perhaps the most accessible music of her career. Over the past two years, Barber has been busy recording an eleven-song cycle. She titled it Mythologies and based it on The Metamorphoses of Ovid - the centuries-old classic of Western literature, filled with gods, mortals and apparently, humor.Mythologies is the product of a careful balancing of the musical and literary - offering Barber?s fans a number of ways into the music. ?I?m very careful as a songwriter to give the songs multiple associations, but there should be an immediate satisfaction upon hearing a song. If it doesn?t work the first time it?s sung, it doesn?t work. And then, hopefully it will wear well too.?Mythologies is also the product of a varied and flexible songwriting approach. In fact, as Barber recalls, ?it?s different for every song - sometimes the words came first. Sometimes the [melody] line was first.?Some songs like Morpheus sound simple but in fact are more complex: I knew ahead of time I wanted it to be two 16-bar sections. Having studied Schubert and harmony, I wrote a chordal structure. Then I laid a melody over that and a poem over that, the rhyme scheme based on a poem by [Lord Alfred] Tennyson. Some songs, like Whiteworld, were written with less precision and more instinct.?
Product Attributes
Artist Barber,Patricia
Label Blue Note
Music Format Compact Disc
Chicago Tribune The expressive range of this music proves thrilling...immensely attractive jazz pieces.
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