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Constance Hauman – Falling into Now
voted one of the Best Albums of 2015 by Pop Music Critics from The Guardian, UK
FROM THE NEW LISTENER //GERMANY
Music Review by Oliver Fraenzke
Constance Hauman risks an entirely new style on her album Falling Into Now, the first release of the newly founded label Isotopia Records which is distributed by Naxos. The personnel on the album include Ms. Hauman as vocalist and pianist and Ross Pederson on drums, percussion, bass, guitar and Midi instruments.
Limiting Falling Into Now to a single genre would not do justice to the album and would be to miss the point of the recording. The singer Constance Hauman is a true musical chameleon: She became famous when she stepped into the role of Cunegonde in Berstein’s Candide, in a performance conducted by the composer, and won international acclaim for singing the title role on the first live recording of Alban Berg’s Lulu in Copenhagen. In Falling Into Now she experiments with a diversity of electronic effects, atmospheric sound clouds and also improvisation though to categorize the album even in this manner would be to ignore the directness, openness and complexity of the recording. For these reasons every song requires an individual discussion.
In this experimental music, Hauman proves herself to be a musician of the first rank. She flexibly adapts to every mood and style without seeming forced or contrived at any time. Her voice is clear and flawless, but can also assume very somber timbres when needed and amazes with spontaneous transformations. Her voice is particularly distinguished by a light breathy tone, which she uses to express a range of moods from frivolity to self-assuredness.
With every note the listener feels her connection with these songs and the various roles she slips into; she clearly feels comfortable in her own skin and continuously blossoms in the music as if there were nothing nicer in the world than to be singing this exact song. There is also an incorruptible cleanliness to her sound and an exceptional use of dynamic gradations that she uses to great emotional effect.
Additionally it is extremely pleasant that Hauman is not among those who feel it necessary to add vibrato to every note, when she does use vibrato – as well as other vocal effects – it is only to create a specific and well-considered musical point and never merely as a mechanical device.
Also featured is Ross Pederson, who apart from the piano, plays all other instruments and is responsible for recording and mixing the album. Pederson creates a dense sonic fabric, over which Hauman can freely float and maneuver without ever drowning in or becoming isolated from the accompaniment. Pederson provides a rhythmic conciseness and a versatile instrumental palette. Overall, the instrumental fabric is pregnant and interspersed with electronic sound spectra and echo effects. These come across as neither standardized nor exaggerated.
The album presents fourteen songs to texts written by Hauman. They cover a wide spectrum of the most diverse worlds, all of which stand side by side on an equal footing. No song is in any way negative nor falls out of the conceptual framework of the album. Even the improvisations are in line with the artistic plan and appear stringent and held together by a conscious tension, both in terms of the vocals and the accompanying musical voices. From the first track, Dark Angel (which is an absolute highlight for me) the listener is absorbed and taken on a journey into the world of human feeling and emotions. With each new track one trembles anew at the thought of what may follow and within the songs one can only expect the unexpected – the energy and concentration never slacken.
The booklet offers a highly artistic presentation and each page is laid out in a new yet consistent style that perfectly supports the printed texts of the songs. Photographs of the singer in different dramatic scenes and situations are presented throughout the booklet. They call up an artistically mysterious aura that characterizes the entire album.
The music – recorded between 2012 to 2014 in New York City and Paris – documents a sophisticated and mature work, and here this becomes audible!
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FROM SCENE MAGAZINE UK
Constance Hauman | Falling Into Now
Music Review by Rod Nicholson
The idea of a world-renowned opera singer taking a run at an album consisting of an ambitious self-penned song-cycle about the ending of a passionate love affair and the inevitably destructive aftermath in its wake seems like both artistic risk-taking on an epic level and something that makes simple good sense considering the nearly-always dark subject matter of most classic operas.
American soprano Constance Hauman takes up the challenge on Falling Into Now and emerges triumphant despite the many pitfalls that awaited in an ambitious undertaking like this. Hauman’s soulful voice and the mostly spare musical backing takes these pitch-black lyrics to a place that wouldn’t have been out of place in Kurt Weill’s work or in the perceptive downside of pre-Hitler era cabaret.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ISOTOPIA RECORDS PRESENTS FALLING INTO NOW, THE DEBUT ALBUM OF NEW AND ORIGINAL SONGS COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY AMERICAN OPERA STAR, CONSTANCE HAUMAN
North American Release: Friday 30th October 2015
Discovered by legendary composer/conductor, Leonard Bernstein, and renowned as one of the most theatrically and musically gifted lyric coloratura sopranos of her generation, Constance Hauman has thrilled audiences on the stages of the worlds great opera houses and concert halls.
With FALLING INTO NOW, she makes her debut as a pop chanteuse and a skilled and emotionally trenchant songwriter. The album presents a cycle of songs that are conceptually and affectively linked, recounting Ms. Hauman’s odyssey from the edge of darkness to a land of new beginnings and illumination. The 14 songs on the album document the pain and complexity of broken relationships, betrayal and the fortitude one manifests in both integrating and leaving the past behind. While FALLING INTO NOW recounts a deeply personal journey, it is one that anyone who has known love and loss can both relate to and empathize with.
The album features Ms. Hauman as vocalist and on keyboards along with the percussionist/programmer Ross Pederson, who also serves as co-arranger and recording engineer.
FALLING INTO NOW marks the launch of Isotopia Records (www.isotopiarecords.com), a New York-based label founded by Ms. Hauman together with Heresy Records CEO, Eric Fraad. Isotopia will focus on popular music, dance music and fusions of classical and jazz. Mr. Fraad says of Isotopia, “Along with Constance we are signing some truly game changing artists who have the potential to capture the imagination of a wide public and at the same time remain on the cutting edge of their genres.”
Isotopia Records is a new imprint of Heresy Records the critically acclaimed Irish-based label whose 2015 release The Wexford Carols reached #1 on the Billboard and Amazon World Music Charts. Isotopia, is distributed in North America by Naxos of America and internationally by the Naxos Group of Companies and a consortium of leading independents. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital download and streaming services around the world.
FALLING INTO NOW: TRACK LISTING
1. DARK ANGEL 5:36
2. ECLIPSE 5:02
3. SORRY EYES 4:41
4. BROKEN PEARL 4:31
5. FALLING INTO NOW 3:53
6. GRAND TRINE 6:53
7. BELLS OF ST MERRY 4:56
8. SILENT NIGHT 5:46
9. BURN THE HOUSE DOWN 4:32
10. THAT TOOK IT OUT OF ME 4:20
11. VENUS TRANSIT 5:52
12. SAFETY 5:38
13. ANGELS 4:51
14. AUTUMN LEAVES 7:55
NOTES FOR EDITORS
ABOUT CONSTANCE HAUMAN
“Constance Hauman, a lustrous coloratura soprano of wide-ranging tastes and versatility, made headlines all over Europe as the waif/sex-goddess in Alban Berg’s Lulu… meanwhile her performance piece Exiles in Paradise, backed up by research worthy of a Ph.D. is tossed off with the pizzazz of a diva. And damned if Ms. Hauman doesn’t lead with ‘Falling in Love Again’ displaying a sensuality of phrase and brilliance of tone that owes not a lick to Marlene.”
~ The Wall Street Journal
“Constance Hauman’s Morgan le Fay is simply sensational”
~ The Times (London)
Constance Hauman is renowned as one of America’s most adventurous, talented and versatile lyric coloratura sopranos. Leonard Bernstein discovered her when she replaced the ailing June Anderson in the role of Cunegonde from Candide. Her signature roles, Lulu and Zerbinetta, are amongst the most difficult in the operatic repertoire
Constance has song over 2,000 performances of opera and hundreds of concerts with a wide array of leading international companies including, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera National de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and London Philharmonia amongst many others.
Ms. Hauman has worked with many of the world’s foremost conductors and stage directors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, James Conlon, Peter Sellars, Mark Morris, Robert Carson and Pier Luigi Pizzi. She wrote, directed and starred in the one-woman show, Exiles in Paradise which caused a sensation at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Schoenberg Hall in Los Angeles and at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
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July 22nd — Isotopia Records becomes an imprint of Heresy Records, Ireland.
August 4th — Isotopia Records announces distribution by Naxos International and LMI (UK).
August 7th — Selections from Falling Into Now make their radio debut live on Bbox Radio with creator/singer/pianist/songwriter Constance Hauman.
September 21st — Isotopia’s single Angels climbs to 50,000 listens on Jango Radio, for a total of 55,000 listeners on combined streams and digital stores.
October 2nd — Isotopia’s second single Sorry Eyes goes live on iTunes, Spotify and numerous other DDP’s.
October 30th — Street and digital release date for Falling Into Now for North America, Europe and Asia.
December 2nd — Street date for Falling Into Now in the United Kingdom.