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Madeleine Peyroux

madeleine-peyroux-92Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploring beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating mlange of funk, blues and jazz. With her trio that had been touring together for two yearselectric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak MoriPeyroux set out to record in a live setting a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence.Music has been our spiritual life, she says. So I think of these as hymns, secular hymnssongs that are very individual, personal, introverted.With her seductively expressive voice, Peyroux intimately renders tunes by seminal blues artists (two penned by Willie Dixon and one by Lil Green), the classic gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the under-the-radar dub star Linton Kwesi Johnson, three renowned contemporary composers (Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, Allen Toussaint), the 19th century composer Stephen Foster (considered to be the first great songwriter in America) and ending with a traditional African-American spiritual.Whats remarkable is the unique way in which this recording came to life. The story starts with a concert in an old church in the rural Oxfordshire countryside of England. Celebrated French chef Raymond Blanc had purchased an old manor in the tiny village of Little Milton and renamed it Belmond Le Manoir where he hosts events, including a nine-course meal in his Michelin-starred restaurant. As a part of the whole experience, people are invited before dinner to go to the nearby 12th-century Norman-styled church, St. Mary the Virgin, to attend a concert of live music. Last year Peyroux and her trio were invited to perform.At the sound check, I was singing Randy Newmans song Guilty, and it was amazing the way my voice sounded in the cavernous room, Peyroux
April 26, 2018
April 26, 2018
World Cafe Live World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States
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Concerts & Music
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