The first time I heard Octarium, I was driving down the turnpike at 70 mph and their Thompson's "Alleluia" came on the radio. I was so struck with the sound that I almost had to pull over and stop. The melody, the dynamics, the balance, and just the sheer size and quality of the sound literally brought tears of joy to my eyes. I could not believe I was listening to only eight voices! Now I have all the albums and attend concerts any time they are within 100 miles of me.
Octarium has taken their craft to a very high level. Each year this ensemble has sung together clearly shows in their performances. Their ability to anticipate each other's cues is virtually unmatched in the choral ensemble world. To perform with such precision and passion without a conductor shows just how talented and dedicated each member is. The result: music that will take you far, far away from whatever room you are in when you hear it.
I had the incredible good fortune to be part of a fundraiser at which Octarium performed. Not only was their performance perfectly suited for the venue, and the charity, in was positively divine. Octarium should be counted as a local, national and global musical gem and I consider it a great privilege to walk among their fans.
To hear Octarium sing is like being in heaven. I have been lucky enough to hear them sing several times now, and I usually have to drive several hours to do it. It is worth it every time. From sacred choral music to traditional choral music to experimental forms and new composers, they are up to the challenge. It is my good fortune to have them in my musical life.
This season Octarium warmed up the sanctuary of St. Marks with lush tones and spot-on harmony. The occasion was a benefit concert to raise money for the city neighborhood church that could not pay its heating bills.
This musical organization is an absolute GEM that a friend and I had the good luck to stumble upon when looking for quality entertainment. What good fortune to have found them!
Octarium provides all residents of Kansas City and those of us who enjoy their recordings with a wonderful, imaginative and uplifting experience. Their musicality is extrarodinary and the blend of voices is ethereal. Clearly they have a commitment to the highest standards of performance.
Octarium is a very focused music organization. Its mission is to preserve the great a cappella music from the past as well as the present. It serves the Kansas City area well in this mission, and it's starting to collaborate with other civic organizations to serve not only in the arts, but also historic preservation (among others).
Octarium was kind enough to donate their talents to a service of Lessons and Carols at our church, St. Mark Lutheran, in December of 2010. I was fortunate enough to have a seat in the chancel where they were singing, and I was mesmerized. The singers were perfectly pitched and their voices blended spectacularly.