Slink, the latest recording from Auction Project, has been featured on WBGO Radar in anticipation of the album’s September 15 release.
Auction Project is BGSU Jazz Studies Director David Bixler on alto sax, Heather Martin Bixler on violin, Arturo O’Farrill on piano, Carlo De Rosa on bass and Vince Cherico on drums. Mike Stern makes a guest appearance on electric guitar.
Of the group’s unique musical style, WBGO lauds the album for “stak[ing] out uncommon musical territory, a place where Celtic reels merge with gospel and funk, as if it were the most natural thing on earth”.
“Widely regarded as the greatest American opera, Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah is set in 1950s rural Tennessee. Its unabashedly neo-romantic music beautifully evokes the opera’s Appalachian setting.”
This season, Toledo Opera will be commencing an American Opera Series with Susannah; starring renowned bass-baritone Samuel Ramey as Blitch and the College of Musical Arts’ Jennifer Goode Cooper in the title role. CMA faculty members round out the cast and production team for the opera. Dr. Sean Cooper will be serving as stage director for the production and Christopher Scholl will perform the role of Elder Hayes.