“The only thing that matters is the song”
Madeleine Peyroux has drawn comparisons to the likes of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith for her intimately arranged covers of classic blues and jazz.
Now Peyroux takes on the challenge of the music of Ray Charles in her new chart-topping release The Blue Room, reinterpreting his Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music in an exciting new light.
“The only thing that matters is the song” says singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux. That conviction, along with a one-of-a-kind voice, has carried her from busking on the streets of Paris all the way to mainstream recognition.
Through her intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with her consistently impeccable choice of material.
Peyroux’s new album, The Blue Room, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems, in a collaboration with longtime Peyroux producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Walter Becker, Tracy Chapman, Herbie Hancock). We are delighted to welcome Madeleine to the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall for two intimate performances.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
It’s a long way from the streets of Paris to collaborating with some of the world’s finest musicians. Still, where others may be content basking in the glow of praising reviews, this charmingly humble musician bravely explores new grounds showing that like jazz itself she is willing to take new chances.
This is an album of music that is letter-perfect but coursing with blood, and it is as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. And like the Ray Charles album to which it pays homage, it reinvents everything it touches.
This production is part of the following series:
The Centre’s new series dedicated to the exploration of jazz, blues, funk, soul, fusion, pop and more.
Cast & Crew
Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 March 2014 7.30pm
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)
A reserve $88 ($78 concession)
B reserve $78 ($68 concession)
C reserve $68