Friday, April 18, 2008

Magdalith, French vocalist

I guess today's a 2-fer. I was exchanging some email with the author of the Schoun25 blog about the Bas Sheva video I posted a while ago. (I goofed up the attribution of the video). He pointed me to another video of his that he thought I'd like. And how. Folks this is about the best vocal performance I've heard in years. I don't know anything about the vocalist, Magdalith, other than what Schoun25 writes below. I'll try to find out more and report back later.
Here is a traditional song on the Biblical Psalm XXII ("My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"), arranged and sung by the great singer Magdalith. Magdalith is a renowned French singer of Jewish and Gregorian songs with a voice covering three octaves and she has made several records. She has made an enormous work of rediscovery of the Gregorian song and several religious communities in France and abroad use her songs for their liturgy (she sticks to the theory that the Gregorian song originates in the songs of the synagogues). She is also a composer and has recorded some experimental compositions of her own, where she sounds a little like Yma Sumac, backed by minimal percussion, occasional keyboards and xylophone. Magdalith says of herself: "I am a dancer on the vocal cords".
Listen to her deep contralto voice and enjoy!
Magdalith: Eli, Eli, Lama Azavtani

HatTip to Schoun25 for posting the video and for pointing me to it.

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