Wednesday, June 23, 2010
This Saturday, worlds collide sublimely
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT is one of my dearest favorite talents today...and from yesterday, I adore Edith Piaf.
This Saturday night us French-loving gals will see Martha perform at The Centre in Vancouver...
Singer and songwriter Martha Wainwright is a beguiling artist with a hugely expressive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs. Daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle, and sister of acclaimed troubadour Rufus Wainwright, Martha fearlessly follows her own muse. However, when producer Hal Willner (Marianne Faithful, Laurie Anderson, Nino Rota) suggested Wainwright record an album of Edith Piaf songs, she hesitated at first but eventually agreed to the project. The resulting album Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris is a stunning collection of rare and acclaimed Piaf songs bearing Wainwright’s indelible stamp. Britain’s Telegraph notes that “the results are faithful to the spirit of the original songs but are wonderfully fresh and full of life—given a thrilling, slightly seat-of-your-pants intensity in Wainwright’s renditions.” Growing up in Montreal and speaking French at school, Wainwright was totally captivated by Piaf as a child. Now, she pays homage to the French cultural icon in a concert that may be one of the most memorable of the Festival. With Thomas Bartlett piano, Doug Weiselman guitar and Brad Albetta bass.