Irish Times on The National’s “I Am Easy To Find” Album

Irish Times - The National: I Am Easy to Find review – A bold ambitious collision of the past, present
By Siobhan Kane | May 17, 2019
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There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track – Bryce Dessner’s orchestration elevates (Brooklyn Youth Chorus are a beautiful addition on Dust Swirls in Strange Light, Her Father in the Pool, and Underwater) and Bryan Devendorf’s drums provide another narrative drive that pulls together disparate strands on Where Is Her Head, which is all driving intensity, and Hairpin Turns, with its moody, sensual beat.

Daily Mail on The National’s “I Am Easy To Find” Album

Daily Mail - Anguish of being a boy-next-door: ADRIAN THRILLS reviews Lewis Capaldi's debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
By Adrian Thrills | May 16, 2019
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"It’s accompanied by a short film starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, while frontman Matt Berninger regularly leaves himself on the bench to make space for a striking cast of female guest singers. With orchestral arrangements by multi-instrumentalist Bryce Dessner, and interludes from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, it’s a meandering mishmash, but one that casts a subtle spell."

KCRW on The National’s “I Am Easy To Find” Album

KCRW - The National's 'I Am Easy to Find' is a rewarding and dynamic project
By Tyler Hale | May 16, 2019
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"As per usual, the album is led by Matt Berninger’s trademark musings on, well, whatever it is that he muses on, paired with the colorful musical tapestry the Dessners and Devendorfs weave (in line with the sonic textures of 2017’s Sleep Well Beast). Theirs is a successful formula that fans and critics have gravitated toward for years. But, things are a bit different here; most noticeably the sweeping vocal additions of Gail Ann Dorsey (former Bowie bandmate), Lisa Hannigan, Kate Stables (This Is the Kit), Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and others. Filling in the space behind - and sometimes in lieu of - Matt’s rumble."

My San Antonio on The National’s “I Am Easy To Find” Album

My San Antonio - Review: The National push their art to an even higher place
By Mark Kennedy | May 15, 2019
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"Their voices — plus the addition of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus on several tracks — elevate material that's already elevated to a baroque level. Fans of The National will gleefully scale their chilly, arty new heights; newcomers may get turned off quick. "I Am Easy to Find" is not to be embraced; it is to be admired."

Pitchfork on The National’s “I Am Easy To Find” Album

Pitchfork - I Am Easy to Find
By Evan Rytlewski | May 16, 2019
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"And like Cohen, the National have recruited some of the best singers out, among them Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle, Kate Stables, Sharon Van Etten, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, whose spotlight “Dust Swirls in Strange Light” benches Berninger all together. Most revelatory of all is Gail Ann Dorsey, David Bowie’s longtime bassist and backing singer, who heralds the album’s new direction midway through opener “You Had Your Soul With You.”"

I Care If You Listen on Silent Voices: If You Listen

I Care If You Listen - Silent Voices, Sounding Alarms: On Gendered Spaces in the New Music World
By Rebecca Lentjes | June 13, 2018
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"For their part, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus endeavors to “celebrate the power of young people to be instruments of change, amplifying the voices of those who have been overpowered, marginalized, or rendered silent.”

Silent Voices

Classical Voice North America - Youth Speaks Transformatively In Silent Voices
By Anne E. Johnson | May 16, 2017
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Press from Brooklyn Youth Chorus's 25th anniversary project.

Silent Voices

The New York Times - Review: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Explores Issues Facing Its Members
By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim | May 15, 2017
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Press from Brooklyn Youth Chorus's 25th anniversary project.

NY Choral Society and Brooklyn Youth Chorus give A Strong Local Premiere

New York Classical Review - NY Choral Society gives MacMillan’s “St. Luke Passion” a strong local premiere
By David Wright | April 9, 2017
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The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, prepared by its artistic director Dianne Berkun Menaker, proved equal to its prominent role and then some. By the choice of a children’s choir, MacMillan evidently intended to give Christ’s words an otherworldly sheen, and this chorus delivered with pure unisons, finely tuned polyphony and secure high entrances, and gave its elders some lessons in diction as well.

Aging Magician at the New Victory Theater

The New York Times - Review: ‘Aging Magician,’ a Fable Complete With Complexities
By Anthony Tommasini | March 9, 2017
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Reviews from the New York Times and Time Out New York

Black Mountain Songs Album

The New Yorker - Two New Choral Recordings
By Russell Platt | March 24, 2017
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Reviews and previews from the Black Mountain Songs album

Mahler Symphony 3 with Los Angeles Philharmonic

New York Classical Review - Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a masterful Mahler 3
By Eric C. Simpson | March 14, 2016
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[Tamara Mumford] sang with a smoldering focus in the following movement, providing a stark contrast to the bright clarity of the cries of “Bimm! Bamm!” from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

NY Phil Biennial

The New Yorker - Map of the New
By Alex Ross | June 27, 2016
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The text of Mary Kouyoumdjian’s “Become Who I Am” was based on interviews with members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who offered thoughts on gender roles and gender inequality as well as on the importance of music in their lives. “I want to become who I am,” they sang, and the urgency of the sound seemed the fulfillment of the wish.

Hagoromo at the 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival

- Review: ‘Hagoromo’ Offers More Than Dance at BAM Harvey Theater
By Alastair MacAulay | November 4, 2015
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The 20-voice Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the solo singers — Ms. Karolyi (contralto) and Peter Tantsits (tenor) — and five International Contemporary Ensemble instrumentalists all build pressure, layer on layer.

Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet at the new St. Ann’s Warehouse

New York Music Daily - Powerful, Provocative and Playful Performances at the Opening of the New St. Ann’s Warehouse
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Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet opened the new St. Ann's Warehouse.