Please press the play button above to hear the recorded interview, which was recently broadcast on KMFA 89.5.
Bass-baritone Dashon Burton is probably best-know to Austin audiences for his regular work with the GRAMMY award-winning choir, Conspirare. He most recently appeared in their performances and recording of Craig Hella Johnson’s oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard. When he’s not singing with Conspirare, he can be heard around the world in any number of settings. He performs with the genre-defying vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, he’s sung in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra, and in opera performances in Europe with Christoph Rousset and the ensemble Les Talens Lyriques. Burton’s most recent recording Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome was selected by the New York Times as one of the best albums released in 2016.
He’s in Austin this week for a performance on February 2, presented by Conspirare as part of their series The Poet Sings. He’ll be joined at the piano by Conspirare’s founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson for an evening which includes a complete performance of Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, and an assortment of spirituals and other songs. He stopped by KMFA to talk about the program and his music with Chris Johnson on Rideshare.