Tuesday, September 13
Intimately Yours: Madeleine Peyroux
Back by popular demand! We welcome the latest installment in our Intimately Yours series, Madeleine Peyroux, Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Historic Theater. Known for her nuanced, throaty vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday, Peyroux returns to The Music Hall with a broadened musical palette and new American roots sound, touring behind her band and her June release Standin’ on the Rooftop.
“We can’t wait to welcome Madeleine Peyroux back to The Music Hall,” says Thérèse LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming & Curator. “She is sure to thrill fans and first-time listeners alike with her gorgeous voice and intricate arrangements as she compels us to enter a new phase of her musical journey.” Adds LaGamma: “And patrons won’t want to miss opening artist Nellie McKay, who created buzz from New York to LA this summer for her fabulous musical presentation I Want to Live— cited by The New Yorker as ‘a brilliant piece of theater.’”
About Madeleine Peyroux
Peyroux began singing at the age of 15, molding her style on the cornerstones of jazz: Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. Her first album, Dreamland, was released in 1996 by Atlantic records. Cited by Time magazine as “the most exciting, involving vocal performance by a new singer this year,” the album gained widespread acclaim. Six years later, after staying out of the limelight and living in Paris for much of the time, Peyroux teamed up with Rounder Records to release her second album, Careless Love. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) it fused Peyroux’s personal and vulnerable take on more modern material, i.e., Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, cult legend Elliott Smith, with that of her beloved torch songs and early blues. Her third solo album, Half the Perfect World, was released in 2006, and in 2007, she was awarded Best International Jazz Artist at the BBC Jazz Awards.
In 2009, Peyroux took a turn into uncharted territory with her fourth solo album, Bare Bones, with all original tracks. The album was produced by Larry Klein and Peyroux collaborated with songwriters such as Joe Henry and Steely Dan’s Walter Becker as well as writing her own compositions. Also in 2009, Peyroux released her first live concert album, Somethin’ Grand, filmed and recorded in Los Angeles.
Earlier this year, the songstress with “a Mona Lisa voice and a personality to match” (New York Times) released Standing On the Rooftop (Emarcy/Decca), in which she continues to reinvent herself and explore new sounds with a compelling collection of original compositions. “I have been building on the relationships I developed in co-writing, and something new has taken hold of me,” Peyroux says on her website. “This project is meant to be a wider dreamscape than previous recordings. I am the same singer I was as a teen, who wants to grow into music, wherever it comes from. I don’t believe I’ve given up anything. I’ve added to myself.”
Praise for her new CD Standing on the Rooftop
“The new CD proves that Peyroux learned all the right things from the classic writers she has long covered. Her lyrics have a Leonard Cohen-like love of the enigmatic, as well as some of his humor. The music has a dreamy elegance, but this time she mixed more American roots elements in with the jazz.” – New York Daily News
About Opening Artist: Nellie McKay
Singer-songwriter, actor, and former standup comedienne Nellie McKay opens the show with her “staggering musical talents” (L.A. Weekly)
“. . . virtually unlimited gifts as a singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, ukulele player, mimic, satirist and comedian” – The New York Times
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To purchase tickets
Madeline Peyroux will perform at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $44, $32 and are on sale now. They can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online