Michael Stipe & Paul Cantelon perform "The Man Who Sold the World" (The Tonight Show)
"...the deepest dialogue with Mr. Bowie’s music came from Mr. Stipe, performing “Ashes to Ashes.” Paul Cantelon, on piano, gave the arrangement the formality of a Schubert lied, and Mr. Stipe sang in a troubled whisper answered by the ghostly soprano of Karen Elson, newly illuminating the song’s thoughts of druggy oblivion. Speaking about Mr. Bowie, Mr. Stipe said, “Whether or not he’s here in this room, he is most certainly here in this room.” For that song, at least, Mr. Bowie’s spirit of continual transformation endured."
- NEW YORK TIMES
"The most cathartic moment of last week’s two Music of David Bowie tribute shows came about halfway through Thursday night’s program. Michael Stipe stepped out onto the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall in a secular shaman’s costume of blazer, skirt worn over pants, a heavy ring on his left hand, and a septum piercing brushing the top of his wild Walt Whitman beard....With the composer Paul Cantelon accompanying him on somber, rumbling piano and Karen Elson’s backing vocals coolly underlining his whispered verses, Stipe sang “Ashes to Ashes” as though leading a benediction, his hushed voice occasionally levitating to the higher reaches of his range. At times, some force external to his body seemed to be conducting his limbs, lifting his arms and turning his palms out to the audience."
A DOCUMENTARY FILM
WITH TILDA SWINTON AS THE VOICE OF GERTRUDE BELL
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