Thu 19th November 2009 Bush Hall 310 Uxbridge Road London W12 7LJ
Emily Loizeau is a French author, composer, and singer.
When she was five, Loizeau began to learn piano. After studying classical music for many years, she dedicated three years to theatre, assisting composer and stage manager Georges Aperghis.
Loizeau writes in many languages.
Emily’s dual nationality extends to her musical tastes and she remembers her French heritage, a childhood serenaded by Brassens, Barbara and Julien Clerc, so it seems quite natural when she sings ultra-sensitive lyrics (La photographie) written for her by Jean-Lou Dabadie and set to music from Monteverdi’s Orfeo.
Two important points provide the final touch to Emily’s Pays sauvage. Firstly, painstaking sensorial work on sounds recorded in natural settings by a rare talent in this field: Elodie Maillot, whose contributions run through the record like a connecting thread, with snatches of birdsong (of course), sounds from the countryside of Ardèche, and cock fights, volcano embers and the laughter of children on Reunion Island.
Then someone had to take a look at this remarkable venture with its colourful characters and capture its unbelievable effervescence. The great Jean-Baptiste Mondino was asked to design the cover, featuring (almost) the entire company and expressing an irrepressible urge to seek asylum in this extraordinarily convivial Wild Country.
Influences are Georges Brassens, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Bach, Franz Schubert, Renaud, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, and Randy Newman.
Liz Green's introduction to music was an education in pop, via her Dad's mix tapes. Ranging from the Stones and Chuck Berry to Jackson 5 and Elton John, they inspired Liz to pick up a guitar, although it took her another seven years to learn four chords! It wasn't until she discovered finger picking that she began playing 'properly' and writing her own songs. The style she has developed goes some way to explaining her love affair with country and blues, but the overriding impression Liz leaves is one of a unique, natural performer with a remarkable, rich voice. Many have said that Liz's voice sounds like it comes from a 30s American Deep South diva rather than a 26 year old northern English girl, a voice that could easily be emanating from the surface of a dusty old 78.
"Her delicate songs are a perfect knot of grassroots jazz, muddy blues and homespun folk, and recall the kiss of a needle on a brittle 78... you sense that once the world gets wind of her elegant, spooky songs there will be nowhere for Green to hide." (Observer Music Monthly)
"Mid-Term Report No 1 Best New Act" (Mojo, June 2008)
"Lilting folk, spiked with venom and stalked by sadness" (Sunday Times)
"An enthralling other-worldly combination of Billie Holiday and Judy Garland" (Flux)
"Green could quite literally charm the birds off the trees... beautiful."
"Part Joanna Newsom, part thirties-starlet" (Esquire)
"Hauntingly beautiful" (The Sun)
"Astonishing raw blues" (Time Out)
"Beautifully spectral" (Fact)
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