I have had the pleasure of seeing Octarium perform many times over the years they have been a choral group. They have amazing blend and sound. You can tell that each musician is talented in their own right, but that together they are stronger and even more beautiful together as a group. You can also see a wide range of genre with them. When I hear choral, I think sophisticated and classical. But, they push the boundaries of that definition and have fun. One can tell that the group members are friends and have a great sense of humor. I only hope to hear much more from them in the future! They deserve great things.
Wonderful beyond words. It is always such a pleasure to listen to Octarium whether via CD or live concert. I was fortunate to be able to travel a long distance to attend the Listener's Choice Concert. I seem to enjoy their work more and more every time I hear them sing. The programing for this last concert was amazing considering that the pieces were chosen by the fans. Dr. Blackford did a supurb job of coordinating the selections and the singers were beyond outstanding.
The Listener's Choice concert on February 19th was a pleasure to attend. The program concept was nice in it's own right and (understandably) was more-or-less a compilation of "greatest hits". I was taken by the antiphonal di Lasso work handled by two groups of four done very ably by the group. All the pieces were enhanced by the wonderful acoustic at St. Elizabeth's where several other performances have taken place. The singers and overall musical and artistic direction of Dr. Krista Lang-Blackwood make Octarium performances and recordings well worth attending and buying!
Octarium is always entertaining. The singers are so talented, the music is a pleasure and the programs always have a variety of pieces to make the evening a great experience. I have never been disappointed.
I live outside the KC area, so I have not had the opportunity to hear them live, but I do own the first three recordings and love the harmonious beautiful blend of voices. It's not exactly like listening to singing to me, but more like floating music. I started listening to Octarium while expecting my first child a few years ago while looking for something relaxing, yet meaningful. I found that with Octarium. Time to get the fourth recording!