When beauty reaches great subtlety, the Japanese call the effect Shibui — restrained elegance.
When artistic talent of the highest order creates a work that achieves a timeless balance of opposites, perfectly merging the yin of the emotional and the yang of the analytical, it evokes Shibui, recognizable by the strong emotional response it draws forth. There is melancholy in its suggestion of impermanence, serenity in its deep reserve and simplicity.
-Ashley Kahn (Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece)
As one of the most celebrated and gifted singers in the world, and one whose art evokes Shibui, this site provides information about Kathleen Battle, including a schedule of upcoming performances, recordings available for purchase, and contact information.