getting started with these. Here are a few reviews so
far—including a very notable one—for artists
Elender Wall and Bryant Kong and The Poetry
of Donald Rumsfeld:
is this woman with a wonderful voice singing my press
conferences. Now, if that doesn't tell you something
about the state of the world!"
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, commenting
on the Rumsfeld CD to the Newspaper Association
of America, Apr. 22, 2004. Someone at the Pentagon had
ordered the CD and given it to him.
and witty art songs...executed with free-spirited bravura
by soprano Elender Wall with the composer at the piano."
the classical art song form to a new level..., Elender
Wall and Bryant Kong have concocted a simultaneously
intelligent and hilarious album. With classic soprano
vocals and dancing piano lines, The Poetry of Donald
Rumsfeld exposes the sheer genius of current day
if irreverent, musicians."
as clear and urgent as those of Maria Callas, [Wall]
lets loose a string of arpeggios that roll and dip and
wriggle through the theater."
is often incomprehensible to those unfamiliar with the
genre. But with lyrics lifted from Lewis Carroll and
Mother Goose, Kong and Wall demand little more of their
audience than an open mind and sense of humor."
haunting song, as though time has stopped."
News Tribune (Tacoma, WA), on "A Confession"
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|Photo: Chronicle / Christina Koci Hernandez