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San Francisco Classical Voice
Internationally acclaimed and multiple Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is a master when it comes to mixing it up musically. Known for her flawless conveyance of bel canto music, technical agility, and her ability to thoroughly inhabit her roles on opera stages worldwide, she has never limited herself to one particular style. In fact, her latest recording, Songplay, released on Feb. 1, mixes jazz, Latin, and tango rhythms into arrangements of Italian Baroque arias, jazz standards, and picks from the Great American Songbook. She will be performing selections from this genre-bending recording on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when Cal Performances presents Songplay at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, accompanied by a stellar group of musicians, including Craig Terry on piano, Chuck Israels on double bass, Jimmy Madison on drums, Lautaro Greco on bandoneon, and Charlie Porter on trumpet.
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The mezzo-soprano recommends Kansas City’s best speakeasy and recalls a trip involving a night bus and a chicken
I SPEND MORE TIME ON TOUR than I do at home. It’s pretty tiring but you get to visit so many places in such quick succession. Last year I toured for 10 months: in three weeks we visited Shanghai, Beijing, Macau, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Abu Dhabi.
I ALMOST PASSED OUT WHILE GORILLA-TREKKING in Rwanda. We managed to get 6ft away from a huge silverback. He climbed up right beside us and loomed over us to prove his dominance. I didn’t breathe for about 10 minutes, honestly.
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Joyce DiDonato’s new album, Songplay, released worldwide on February 1 by Erato, will tour across the country from February 18 to March 4. A program that showcases her playful side with songs from her recent recording, Joyce and a versatile five-piece ensemble of drums, bass, bandoneon, and trumpet, led by pianist and arranger Craig Terry, gather for performances of Italian Baroque arias, jazz ballads, and songs from the American Songbook.
“We have essentially created our own sound-world, fusing together music from the Baroque era and classics from the jazz world – with a few other surprises tossed in,” explains Joyce. “We’ve all let down our guard (some of us have even let down our hair) and we’ve each expanded the musical traditions that we have come from to create our own style for this program. It’s joyful, it’s exuberant, it celebrates great music, and it shines a spotlight on the timeless nature of a great song.”
The tour program will feature music by composers like Giordani, Caccini, Porter, Ellington, and more. Tour dates include February 18 at the Seattle Symphony in Seattle, WA; February 20 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA; February 25 at the Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN; February 27 at Finney Chapel in Oberlin, OH; March 1 at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA, and concluding on March 4 at the Appel Room in New York, NY. Listen to Songplay here: https://w.lnk.to/songplayFA. More