Jazz songbirds to perform in Christchurch

Search the catalogue for music by Diana KrallJazz songstress Diana Krall will be performing at the Westpac Stadium on 18 February, along with two talented support artists.

It would be easy to be jealous of Diana Krall. She’s young, beautiful, talented, successful and rich. She is also so charming it is impossible to dislike her. This is absolutely in keeping with her music which is also is charming and cool. A little too cool for some, who find her uninteresting, but she is a surprisingly talented pianist and quite capable of delivering the complex music if she wishes. I certainly enjoy listening to her warm, intimate tones as long as I don’t get too much of her.

Even better reasons to go and buy a ticket are her two support acts Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot .

I have long been a fan of Madeleine’s. Her music is distinctive, complex and beautifully phrased. She became involved in music performance via the buskers on the streets of Paris and still seems to return there between recordings. The uniqueness of her life style is reflected in her music. Although she is now singing her own compositions, my favourite album Careless Love is mostly covers, but fresh and wonderful covers of some delightful songs, backed by some wonderful musicians. My main worry is that she might not turn up on the night. During one of her publicity tours she disappeared, having simply jumped on a plane and headed off somewhere quiet when it all became too much.

Melody Gardot also has an interesting story and a beautiful voice. In 2003 she had a serious traffic accident as a result of which she suffered head and spinal injuries. This resulted in her confinement to hospital for a year and neural injuries which left her hypersensitive to light and sound. Music was part of her rehabilitation and she began singing and playing the guitar and eventually writing her own songs. The result has wowed the critics with what Billboard called “a noir yearning and forlornness” and a delivery that “enraptures with a torch sentimentality”. You’ll know what they mean when you hear her.

All in all it should be a good night out, as long as Westpac Stadium can deliver the intimacy required to fully appreciate these great talents.

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2 thoughts on “Jazz songbirds to perform in Christchurch

  1. Donna 11 February 2010 / 3:34 pm

    There’s nothing like a lady crooner!

    People who love that cruisy chanteuse style might also like Nouvelle Vague who do rather cool breathy versions of songs you know (and not ones you’d imagine lend themselves to such a style –

    I’m also keen to get hold of the new Martha Wainwright album in which she sings Edith Piaf songs.

  2. Marion 11 February 2010 / 3:47 pm

    One thing I find hard to imagine is how these fine singers will play in that concrete barn that is Westpac. No ambience at all.
    Thanks for the info Bernice and Donna – some voices to follow up.

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