"IN THE MIDST OF ALL of this there was a short presentation by a young African [American] singer with a voice that mixed Paul Robeson with the late cantor Moshe Koussevitzky. He literally wove in and out of Eastern European Chazzanut and old African American spirituals, and which had an almost shamanistic shape shifting affect on the audience. They just loved him."
—Geoffrey Clarfield, Times of Israel
"RUSSELL IS ALSO PLAYING with the ways that traditions confer authenticity on songs and culture. Despite the postmodern touch of this aspect of the project, and the occasional moments of humor, Russell explains that the work is born out of a heartfelt, passionate need to bring two cultures, and two aspects of himself, further together."
—Dan Shifrin, The J Weekly
"EVEN NOW I REMEMBER how very moving Robeson's rich bass voice was to my young ears still burning from tales of the Holocaust horrors that had ended only four years earlier. It was that same sense of deep emotion that overwhelmed me recently when I heard the voice of a budding new African-American operatic star, 32-year-old Anthony Russell. And he too was singing "Zog Nisht Kein Mol."
—Richard B. Chesnoff, The Huffington Post
"A terrific voice!"
ACTOR & YIDDISH THEATRE STAR
"I thank God for Anthony's exquisite music and I'm sure God agrees."
RABBI MENACHEM CREDITOR
"BUT WHAT DOES THAT
actually sound like? Imagine hybrids of old standards like “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” about being a long ways from home, and Abraham Reisen’s Der Gemore Nign,” (“Are you homesick for your father, mother, sister, and brother, and without them, are you like a ship without a rudder?”).These aren’t Glee-style mash-ups, but are astutely arranged to explore the exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption in both traditions—with Carpathian folk flute, of course."—Jenny Levison, Jewniverse
"Listening to [Anthony] sing these tender and complex Yiddish songs was a transformative experience."
ACTOR, PLAYWRIGHT & MONOLOGUIST