"We knew Babcock [Aviva] had a special penchant for drama, but on Sunday she topped herself as she jumped between a half-dozen personae, three languages, and countless styles. Together with Nadel, whose flamenco and classical guitar playing (not to mention his mind-blowing technique) were romantic and effortless, the combined artistry was unrelenting. All fire and fervor, Aviva...slips in and out of languages easily with diction near perfect. When Babcock gave background information between numbers, it was clear she has a tangible connection with not only Bizet’s Carmen, but the folklore of Carmen in all incarnations...mischievous harmonies, irreverent melodies, and a ton of soul. During the entire event, both performers’ execution was astonishing. No matter how challenging the finger-work passages, Nadel never made a misstep."
- Nicolette Good
San Antonio Current
"I LOVE [Aviva's] singing and these new arrangements...BRAVO!"
- Nico Castel
(Metropolitan Opera, Julliard School of Music)
"This CD is absolutely beautiful. I am a believer in continuing and re-interpreting these old songs in order to adapt it for modern ears. You are really telling these stories in a new, open way - not many people can arrange like this - I love it!"
- Flory Jagoda
(Composer and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow)
"Extraordinary power and dramatic impact..."
"Dusky, sexy theatricality..."