Gabriel Kahane & yMusic: University Musical Society.
Jan. 17 & 18. The acclaimed young Brooklyn (NY) singer-songwriter and pianist Kahane describes himself as “the bastard child of Alban Berg and Rufus Wainwright.” He possesses a warm yet buoyant baritone voice, and his music is an elegantly inventive and theatrical blend of classical, jazz, pop, and folk idioms. “At times he combined a pop balladeer’s directness with a jazz singer’s fluid phrasing, reaching new heights of expressiveness,” writes a New York Times reviewer of a recent performance. Tonight, Kahane is joined by the young chamber sextet yMusic to perform songs from his latest album, Where Are the Arms, which has been praised for its intelligence, poise, and deepening of his intricate pop instrumentation. With violinist and guitarist Rob Moose, violist Nadia Sirota, cellist Clarice Jensen, flautist Alex Sopp, clarinetist Hideaki Aomori, and trumpeter CJ Camerieri.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 17) & 8 p.m. (Jan. 18), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $35 general admission, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]