After years of focusing on writing contemporary music for ensembles and orchestras, Tamar Muskal goes back to her first musical love – pop song writing – and creates a song cycle in which she fuses her contemporary and pop musical languages. Commissioned by ASCAP/Kingsford Fund, Of Love And Sobriety is a song cycle with lyrics by Stavit Alweis for two female vocals, viola, cello, drums, continuum and piano.
The cycle is written for Jo Lawry, a unique singer/song writer, known also for singing and touring with sting. Graduating from the New England Conservatory, Jo is able to sing in any style without any technique limitation; her pure beautiful voice is combined heavenly with the lyrics without any unnecessary vibrato. The other performers are expert in classical and pop music and very highly regarded in both musical worlds: Tammy Scheffer (voice) Jeff Ziegler (cello), David Cossin (drums and marimba), Rob Schwimmer (piano and continuum and Tamar Muskal (piano and viola)).