A few reviews from performances with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble at Adelaide Festival:
Soprano Peyee Chen delivered phenomenal clarity from her first note, and when she soared with a grace that seemed to be ethereal, the result was spine tingling. She was matched by the mellifluous warm timbre of tenor John Potter; their vocal lines superbly complimented the captivating text, delivered with passion, precision, and a sense of ease.
The two soloists, soprano Peyee Chen and tenor John Potter, were fabulous, especially Chen, whose soaring, effortless voice was the highlight of the whole Bryars season.
Central to this concert was a series of musical settings called Laude, set for one or two voices with an instrumental ensemble consisting of Bryars himself on double bass, with various combinations of cello, electric guitar and two violas. They were exquisitely sung by soprano Peyee Chen and tenor John Potter. Two lovely instrumental Laude maintained the mood of restrained quasi-devotional ardour.
For me, the outstanding performer of the night was […] the superb soprano Peyee Chen. What a voice! And such clarity and precision. I would happily listen to her all night long.
Soprano, Peyee Chen, possesses a voice that the very Gods would applaud and she is not afraid to use it. Her extraordinary purity of tone joined Woodrow’s eerie guitar work so perfectly that it was at times difficult to distinguish one from the other. She can produce a whisper that sends shivers up the spine, or a crescendo that threatened the very timbers of the Elder Hall roof, at a whim.
I had a wonderful time there and really, really enjoyed being with the group! We’ll have another chance to make wonderful music together in June, this time in Glasgow and with dancers. I’m looking forward to it!