December 11, 2011 |
Creating something genuinely new in the classical crossover genre is, for many reasons, an endeavor fraught with peril. Classical fans are notoriously unkind to pop artists who want to have a go while pop fans often attack their icons for putting on airs. Those who live full time in the genre — Andrea Bocelli, Il Divo, Blake — sell millions of records by sticking to a strict formula. Songs must have big tunes and, if at all possible, be sung in Italian; the voice must be at least vaguely operatic with lots of vibrato and the singer must be handsome in a floppy-haired, Euro kind of way. "Night of Hunters," Tori Amos' 12th studio album and first to be released on the classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, is everything that a crossover project has the potential to be but usually never is. She'll play material from the album at L.A.'s Orpheum Theater on Dec. 17 and 18. The album began with a phone call from Deutsche Grammophon executive producer Alexander Buhr.
March 21, 2009 |
For veteran artists, staging a triumphant return at South by Southwest has become almost as challenging as making a memorable toast in Times Square on New Year's Eve. The streets and bars teem with humanity, everyone is bent on having the best night ever and the thousand of artists playing are like so much confetti, scattered everywhere, turning the whole scene into a blur.
December 19, 2002 |
The old saying goes that if you want to get someone's attention, whisper. But when singer-pianist Tori Amos tried that at the Universal Amphitheatre on Tuesday, she couldn't be heard above the capacity crowd's shouts of admiration. Amos, who offered only a few between-song words throughout the two hours and 15 minutes, appeared to be conserving her voice, which sounded slightly ragged the first time she spoke.
May 14, 1992 |
Like an Olympic diver steadying herself alone on the platform, Tori Amos took two even breaths into the microphone at the piano and prepared to leap into a set of free-falling musical and emotional contortions on Monday at the Roxy. For the next hour the enraptured audience sat breathless as it followed every intricate, practiced twist from the petite Amos as she played complex Kate Bush-Elton John-like piano and sang with psychodramatic dynamics that manifest a soul both tender and tortured.
April 27, 2005 |
You didn't have to be one of singer-songwriter Tori Amos' adoring fans to be moved by the way she sang her sweetly poignant "The Beekeeper" toward the end of her sold-out show Monday at UCLA's Royce Hall. The title track of her latest album created a palpable sense of worry, perhaps, that one's sleeping child won't awake or one's sick parent won't recover, then vanquished it with a powerful feeling of reassurance.
January 21, 1996 |
There are only two possible explanations for the utter indecipherability of Amos' lyrics: (1) She is an enemy spy sending brilliantly encrypted messages to her compatriots in foreign lands or (2) The Cornflake Girl is really just a flake. On her third solo album, Amos has been left almost entirely to her own devices, producing the album as well as writing its 18 songs.