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Ayre on tour in October
An October tour will bring performances of Ayre to four California cities, as well as Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.

Ayre, Osvaldo Golijov's 2004 song cycle written for Dawn Upshaw and The Andalucian Dogs, will be taken on tour in October 2005, with performances in California and the Midwest. The tour, which runs from October 20-30, will visit San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, and Davis in California, as well as Iowa City; South Bend, Indiana; and Cleveland, Ohio. The performers will be Ms. Upshaw, eighth blackbird, and members of The Andalucian Dogs.

Ayre received its premiere at Zankel Hall in New York on March 31, 2004, followed by a performance at Tanglewood. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, at the request of Dawn Upshaw for her astounding "Perspectives" tour de force in 2004, Ayre – meaning "air" and "melody" in medieval Spanish – is a 40-minute cycle of 11 songs drawn primarily from a large body of 15th Century Spanish folk songs. Representing the three prominent cultures in Spain at the time (Christian, Jewish and Arab), the music is a lush mix of Spanish and Mediterranean influences and reflects a range of human conditions and emotions stemming from the cultural clash and mesh of the time. Tales of love and war, religion and rage are contained in texts sung in Ladino (the lost language of the Spanish Jews), Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, Spanish and even the ancient Aramaic. Scored for clarinet, French horn, accordion, guitar, harp, flute, viola, cello, double bass, and laptop computer, Ayre's instrumentation is as eclectic as its languages.

In every sense Dawn Upshaw is that rare artist who, having achieved the very highest level of acclaim worldwide in recital, symphonic repertoire and in leading roles of the opera, proceeds further to inspire contemporary composers, directors and fellow performers. Described by the Boston Herald as Golijov's "perfect muse and prophet" – Dawn Upshaw brings Ayre to life.

The program will be offered in two halves. Ms. Upshaw will appear in the first half accompanied by Gustavo Santaolalla, a premier composer and producer of South American alternative music and performer of the ronroco, the Spanish guitar (he also contributed 2 songs to Ayre). Eighth blackbird will also perform a solo set during the first half of the program. Ayre will be heard in its entirety filling program's second half.

A recording of Ayre will be released by Deutsche Grammophon in the Fall of 2005.

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