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Finis by Amanda Tosoff

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Album Title: Earth Voices
Empress Music Group
Released: 2021

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About the Album

Merging the deep, powerful messages of poetry with adventurous modern jazz, Toronto-based pianist/composer Amanda Tosoff leads a hybrid ensemble with strings and seven rotating vocalists on Earth Voices, the follow-up to her Juno Award-nominated 2016 release Words (“a grand achievement” – CBC Radio). The album is being released by Empress Music Group, a label and company founded by award-winning vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. Earth Voices is Tosoff’s sixth album as a leader and the second to feature vocals. But whereas Words featured the marvelous singing of Felicity Williams straight through, Earth Voices adds six additional vocalists to the lineup in turn, each ideally suited to the song at hand. The compositions and orchestrations are sonorous, texturally rich, with a string quartet, guitarist Alex Goodman, and guest saxophonists Allison Au and Kelly Jefferson augmenting the lineup. The performances, full of eloquence and fire, are centered by Tosoff’s assured and lyrical pianism, revealing an artist at the peak of her powers.

Featuring the poetry of: Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Rumi, Pablo Neruda and more;
plus Tosoff’s arrangements of songs by: Joni Mitchell, Mike Ross (Soulpepper Theatre), and Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Session project. 

Earth Voices was released internationally on January 29th, 2021 by Empress Music.

Track Listing

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

Personnel

Kelly Jefferson
Kelly Jefferson

saxophone, tenor

Allison Au
Allison Au

saxophone, alto

Aline Homzy

violin

Emilie-Claire Barlow
Emilie-Claire Barlow

voice / vocals

Robin Dann

voice / vocals

Michelle Willis
Michelle Willis

voice / vocals

Laila Biali
Laila Biali

voice / vocals

Lydia Persaud

voice / vocals

Felicity WIlliams

voice / vocals

Alex Samaras

voice / vocals

Additional Personnel

Produced by Amanda Tosoff & David Hermiston Engineered & mixed by David Hermiston Recorded at Revolution Recording Mastered by João Carvalho Art by Sonia Beckwith

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Date featured

February 17, 2021

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