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Rick Anderson
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, December 2013

Batagov seems to be improvising along with Lhamo’s keening, melismatic vocals, and since her melodies are generally non-tonal he’s able to make do with lots of pentatonic extemporizing and swaying V-I changes. He manages to bring quite a bit of musical interest to those minimalist gestures, and Lhamo’s voice is lovely. Recommended. © 2013 Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist Read complete review



Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), June 2013

…“Tayatha” is an album that seems to have been conceived and executed with every resource directed toward a single purpose: aural pleasure.

…Lhamo’s vocals…[is] an appealing instrument, and its range of colors is as minutely controlled as a bow in the hand of a virtuoso cellist, her expressive register smoothly shifting from croon to sob. Her voice is a jewel, a dark-hued gem, and Batagov’s simple setting shows it off to its greatest advantage.

The recording itself, produced by Batagov, is just as appealing, and for the same reasons: simplicity and clarity. The piano sings and chimes, and Lhamo’s voice, while framed with a handsome ambience, requires—and receives—no flattery.

…what’s surprising is that a seventy-minute album of vocalism in a style alien to Western ears, largely accompanied by mellow piano ostinati, could be so satisfying and so enjoyable as to make the listener eager to comply. © 2013 WQXR (New York) Read complete review





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