“Michelson’s music is hard to describe; otherworldly, perhaps?”Steven Suskin, Playbill

TAMAR OF THE RIVER sometimes sounds like it hails from a world where pop music followed a very different evolutionary path. Its Asian-influenced sounds are the opposite of Hamilton’s contemporary tones — but it’s just as adventurous.” – VOX Magazine

“Ms. Michelson’s music is frequently exquisite and always melodic.” – Anita Gates, The New York Times

“In TAMAR OF THE RIVER, it is the vocals that give the recording its majesty and opulence. Chants, improvisations, dissonance, rich chords, and so much more permeate the air, soul, and mind as the recording plays. The vocal compositions are complex and earthy…Notes cascade, ebb, and flow in tumultuous succession…Listeners who have experienced the work of Dave Malloy will instantly draw comparisons to him. They will also draw comparisons to Steve Reich’s works, where repetition, layering, and convoluted musicality all add depth and surreal richness to his compositions…a dizzying array of vocal brilliance.” – Steven Suskin (Author of “The Sound of Broadway Music”)

“Michelson’s challenging and tonally complex music is some of the most unique and beautiful I’ve heard in musical theater. When [Michelson] writes music for the river…one imagines that this is what the prophets heard when receiving the word of God.” – Zack Sullivan, Theatermania

“Tamar of the River…one of the most extraordinary scores in years.” Jesse Green, New York Magazine
“Her musical language goes beyond words and includes all manner of vocalizing with words and wails receiving equal weight…gorgeous harmonies and mystical dissonances that put us in a meditative state.” – Voce di Meche

“With a rich tapestry of complicated choral and musical stylings, Marisa Michelson’s inventive and experimental score has been recorded…Not since Dave Malloy’s NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Cast Recording) have I had the pleasure to experience a score so meaty, unique, and vastly interesting in the genre of musical theatre.” – David Clarke, Broadway World

“[Michelson’s] sonic expressions, from ethereal sounds to primal screams, animalistic wails and simply breath, are more aligned with vocal innovators like Kate Bush, Bjork, Florence Welch and even Yoko Ono than traditional musical theatre or opera.” – Cindy Sibilsky, StageBiz

“Michelson’s music is original but accessible…; it is clearly written by someone who understands writing for the voice both in the solos and in the choral work.”  – Voce di Meche

“ …Lyrical, melodic, yet dissonent music… Marisa Michelson’s music…is haunting and ethereal… Rarely do you see a piece that is so new and enchanting.”– Times Square Chronicles

“Tamar of the River is a phenomenal effort of beauty.” – Tzippora Kaplan, Theater is Easy

“It’s hard to imagine a more ambitious piece of musical drama coming out of indie theatre than Prospect Theater Company’s production of Tamar of the River…The narrative takes on immense power through Michelson’s rich and distinctive score.” – Ron Cohen, NY Theatre Now


 “Marisa Michelson…her presence is commanding as a goddess yet vulnerable as a maiden.” Cindy Sibilsky, StageBiz