HUSH! Is the title of the debut CD of Papagena, a group of five women singing a cappella every imaginable kind of music, from Pop to Medieval to Folk to Slavonic to you name it.
They handle Russian, Hebrew, Romanian, Georgian, Sephardic, Greek, Latin, Italian, Bulgarian, Celtic, and perfectly enunciated English with aplomb. Their musicianship is unimpeachable and their cohesive sound a thing of wonder. They sing idiomatically and when Romantic vibrato is undesirable they are able to pull back into a straight-toned approach that suits the music of Hildegard von Bingen and Scarlatti to perfection.
They are sopranos Elizabeth Drury, Abbi Temple, Suzzie Vango, and altos Suzie Purkis and Sarah Tenant Flowers, all-five superb singers and marvelous musicians.
You can visit Papagena at http://www.papagena.co.uk and order a copy of this nifty gift of gentle music, guaranteed to keep all the noise out there at bay.
LISTEN AND WATCH THEM IN REHEARSAL: https://youtu.be/KisMtqfL-74
Rafael de Acha http://www.RafaelMusicNotes.com
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Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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