New York Voices in Salt Lake City,
Utah, USA (21-22 Dec 2007)
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Music from NY Voices homepage
Darn That Dream (a song from the new
CD: link to listen in Real Audio)
New York Voices: Free Music online
New York Voices: Lyrics 1
(homepage), 2 , 3,
About the New York Voices:
Darmon, Kim, Lauren and Peter are
great personalities. Once you meet the
quartet of the New York Voices, they
make you learn more about them and
wait for their new performances as for
coming something special in the life of
everybody. While their concerts are a
feast of quality music and of the joy of
life, their CDs make our everydayness
full with the meaning of the elite culture.
The NY Voices' concerts are a
wonderful and thoughtful message
about the global humanistic mission of
the live culture as a synthesis of a
respectful music and personalities!
Lolita Nikolova, PhD
One of the best (and only) jazz vocal
groups of the 1990s, the New York
Voices use a repertoire that includes
bop songs from the vocalese tradition,
plus adaptations of more timely
material from the jazz and pop worlds.
Leader Darmon Meader (who also
plays reeds and the EWI) had taken a
vocal group to Europe in 1986 through
Ithaca College, using the name of the
New York Voices... More
New York Voices is the Grammy Award
winning vocal ensemble renowned for
their excellence in jazz and the art of
group singing. More ....
Kim Nazarian is a native "up-state"
New Yorker and Magna Cum Laude
graduate of Ithaca College, Kim is a
founding member of the Grammy
award-winning group New York Voices,
formed in 1987. More ...
Peter Eldridge has been called
"perennially classy" (JazzTimes) and
ranked "in the celebrated tradition of
melodic poets, most famously
represented by such disparate voices
as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni
Mitchell, Van Morrison and Steely Dan -
singer/songwriters who create catchy,
beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics
that are both personal and universal"
(allmusicguide.com). More ....
Darmon Meader Recognized in both
the jazz vocal and instrumental world,
Darmon is a distinguished vocalist,
arranger and saxophonist. He has
achieved rapid international
recognition as the founder, musical
director, chief arranger, composer,
producer, saxophonist, and vocalist
with New York Voices. More ....
Marking her Fourteenth year as a
member of the New York Voices,
Lauren is no longer the new girl.
Always a primary focus in her career,
she has contributed original songs to
the NYV repertoire and continues to do
so on their new outing for release in
2007. More ....
|Christmas Concerts of New York Voices with the Utah Symphony, Dec 20-21, 2007,
Abravanel Hall, SL Downtown
Members of the jazz quartet: Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan and
Last CD: A Day Like This (released 27 September 2007)
Awards: 1997, the New York Voices shared a GRAMMY® Award with the Count
Basie Orchestra for the album Live At Manchester Craftsmen's Guild; Brazilian
Dreams; 2003 - a Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Album
Christmas concerts in Utah together with the Utah Symphony: December 20
(Ogden), December 21-22, 2007 (Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City Downtown).
The conversation took place in the Lobby of the SL Downtown Marriott Hotel after
an arrangement of appointment via e-mail for 4:00 PM on Dec 22nd, 2007.
Special thanks to Brian Quinn from The Jazz Three and to Darmon Meader for
their prompt response to our inquiry for an interview.
The Grammy-winning quartet NY Voices have been placed in the same company
as groups like Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group and Vox
One, that is, “among the best vocal jazz groups in the world” . At the end of their
20 year anniversary, the Christmas concerts in Utah were a chance to have an
extremely stimulating exchange of thoughts with the members of the group about
the culture from the perspectives of the global values.
It is not so often for a cultural anthropologist to meet such great personalities in the
artistic world like Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan and Peter Eldridge–
the members of the New York Voices quartet. On 22nd of December I was friendly
joined for the interview by other members of the International Institute of
Anthropology - Mariana Pavlova, Maria Radkova and Jordan Kolev – and as the
European spirit in Utah we greeted gratefully the New York Voices just a few
hours before their last concert in Salt Lake. During the conversation the time was
flying while some of the problems reached such depth that nobody would have
believed that we met for the first time that day and talked for the first time about the
global culture together. This is in fact the magic and the mission of last – to make
the people close each to other and easy to share even secret moments of their
personal life. And the Bulgarian music, of course. Just mentioning the name of our
country made Kim and Darmon absolutely excited recalling the Mystery of
Bulgarians Voices. Maria Radkova and Mariana Pavlova mentioned also the
Bulgarian world famous opera singers and jazz performers.
The New York Voices were not for the first time in Salt Lake. Lauren even
mentioned, that she was here with all her family. All members were excited about
the snow and the storm two days ago that cost delay of their first concert in Utah
which was in Ogden. “But all the audience was waiting for us including three
generations families. That was really wonderful” – the musicians shared with us.
Kim Nazarian is confident that the New York Voices contributes to the global
culture since the music is a universal language, the group travels the entire world
communicating their music personally and over Internet. Seven CDs have been
released, the last of which is just 4 months old new baby of this exciting social
family as the members of the group think about themselves. Darmon explains the
success of so long life of the group with the fact that all love the music. Continuing
this topic we all come to the conclusion that the New York Voices are strong
individualities, while performing in group as an interactive small community is that
makes them powerful. Kim Nazarian contrasted the individualized world to their
social message that grouping keeps the seeds of the successful cultural
reproduction and enculturation in the human society. The pride and the mutual
respect sustain Darmon, Kim, Lauren and Peter together as vocalists and best
Lauren Kinhan, who composed together with Peter Eldrige the music for one of
the best songs in the new CD, The World Keeps You Waiting, argued that the
difficult profession of the musicians is a challenge for the family. Lauren believes
that today the parents can find a variety of powerful ways to be in a strong
spiritual contacts with their children. Darmon continued this line of thoughts
stressing on the fact that their profession allows their children to travel and to learn
about different cultures on-site. There were years when the members of the group
were away from home almost 6 months being involved in group and individual
projects. “We can say that we are paid to travel and not to sing” concluded the
founder and present leader of the New York Voices. As a matter of fact,
according to the biography of the group, their initiation was a trip to Europe, after
which in 1987 the group was constituted formally as 5-member vocalists, reduced
later to 4. Lauren Kinhan is a more recent vocalist.
A special point of our discussion was the communication of the group with
different ages. Darmon Meader pointed to the fact that the group communicates
artistic values which could be accepted by grandparents, parents and children
equally if the young generation acknowledges non-pop music values. Peter
Eldridge specified that the quartet includes a variety of styles that helps to interact
with all ages. Some of the songs even bridge the jazz with the pop music. Kim
Nazarian’s accent was on the educational role of all members of the group
including workshops, lectures and other forms of direct contacts with different
ages. Furthermore, learning from artists is the best way people from all ages to
interact with culture that makes successful the enculturation as a life long process
of active interaction, its production and reproduction.
This about 40 min talk left in all of us the steady feeling that the global culture
communicates not only a quality music, but also humanity and friendship.
The conversation with the New York Voices was a moment beyond our
everydayness that would be reproduced in our everydayness as an impressive
live experience and interaction with global ambassadors of elite culture.
My final question was what the members of the New York Voices would like to
wish the world for the Holidays. The message of Darmon, Kim, Lauren and Peter
Peace, enculturation and powerful music
After the concert I was on line waiting for autographs from the members of the
New York Voices. We began talking about the concert with an elderly man next to
me and both shared how much we liked the concert. It was impossible for me not
to have mentioned that we had a conversation with the members of the New York
Voices that afternoon on December 22nd. A man looked at me and immediately
asked me: “Were they friendly?” “Charming and extremely intelligent and friendly”
was my response. This happened in the large Lobby of the Abravanel Hall in Salt
Lake Downtown from the windows of which we could see the full of lights Temple
Square and covered by the snow trees. One of those magnificent nights for
thousands of Utahns coming to see the Christmas lights in Salt Lake Downtown.
But the New York Voices with the Utah Symphony made it also a unforgettable pre-
Christmas night – full with Christmas songs and communication of quality culture,
smiles and friendship.
Lolita Nikolova, PhD
Cultural anthropologist and archaeologist
with the assistance of Mariana Pavlova and Maria Radkova
International Institute of Anthropology
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
|We have long placed the Grammy-winning two-woman, two man NY Voices in the same company as groups like Singers Unlimited,
Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group and Vox One, that is, among the best vocal jazz groups in the world. (link)
|2007 CD to celebrate 20 Year Anniversary:
A Day Like This
22nd Dec 2007. Salt Lake City. Abravanel
Hall. The New York Voices are signing
autographs after the Christmas concert
with the Utah Symphony.