Excerpt: To call the collaboration presented at the Guggenheim Museum on Monday night unlikely is to understate the case by an order of magnitude. There was John Zorn, a chameleonic New York composer whose work has fruitfully touched on everything from chamber music to death metal.  And there was Sophiline Cheam Shapiro, an innovative choreographer who has pushed at the boundaries of classical Cambodian dance with her Khmer Arts Academy in California. . . The program opened with selections from Mr. Zorn’s “Sefer Shirim shel Shir Ha-Shirim,” a new collection of short pieces. Melodies styled after Jewish folk music uncurled over seductive lounge-music textures and ostinato rhythms. Openly courting nostalgic exotica, the music had an irresistible charm, particularly when Carol Emanuel’s charismatic harp playing intersected with Kenny Wollesen’s undulating vibraphone chords. Read the full review here.” - By STEVE SMITH

New York TImes

MAKING TRACKS:  Carol Emanuel Emanuel performs world-music flavored ballads and rockers on her harp   Carol Emanuel has one of the most eclectic resumés in show business, having lent her talent on harp to downtown denizens such as Anthony Braxton, Arto Lindsay, and John Zorn; Las Vegas lounge lizards like Neil Sedaka, Tony Orlando, and Peter Allen (such are the high-paying indignities that come with playing the harp); and pop sensations including Oingo Boingo and Cyndi Lauper. She performs frequently with symphony orchestras and at contemporary music festivals.   On Allow It to Happen, recorded largely in the Berkshires and drawing on such local talents as trumpeter Jeff Stevens, vocalist Robby Baier, and producer Will Schillinger, the Great Barrington, Mass.-based musician comes out of the closet as a soulful singer-songwriter on a selection of eight original compositions. Accompanied by an impeccable, all-star cast of instrumentalists, including Zorn sidemen such as guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Greg Cohen, and percussionist Kenny Wollesen, and Woodstock, N.Y., legends Tony Levin on bass and Jerry Marotta on drums, Emanuel performs world-music flavored ballads and rockers, approaching her harp much like a guitar—digging into a Grateful Dead-meets-Santana groove on “Morris Township”—on songs that speak of spiritual and mystical inquiry.  [FEB/MAR 2011]” - Seth Rogovoy

Berkshire Living Magazine