"Tobin gets the combination just right, giving emphasis to Yeats’ imagery and emotions, highlighting the subtler nuances, and opening the poems up to offer a new experience.” – All About Jazz
"There’s a thrilling, dark timbre to Tobin’s voice that moves you like no other singer… there are no weak spots in this excellent collection" – The Guardian
Renowned Irish jazz singer Christine Tobin performs Sailing to Byzantium, a collection of original songs written to twelve poems by W.B Yeats. This live performance will feature the songs from Tobin’s acclaimed 2012 album, which won a 2012 British Composer Award. For this ambitious project, Tobin selected a range of her favorite Yeats poems, from early work through to his final collection, including such beloved works as “When You Are Old” and “The Second Coming.” The broad palette of harmony and color throughout this collection draws on influences from folk, jazz, and twentieth century classical music.
This one night only live performance is the perfect program for music and poetry lovers alike. Don’t miss it!
"There’s a kind of alchemy at work, particularly in how she uses her warmly distinctive voice, malleable, poised phrasing and impeccable intonation to get inside the material.” The Irish Times
"In this beautiful collection of songs based on the poetry of WB Yeats, vocalist Christine Tobin has created an unqualified masterpiece.” – Jazzwise Music Magazine