Olivia Pedroli available for concerts
Jazz Network | Agency proposals | 2012-06-20
We're very pleased to welcome the completely brilliant Olivia Pedroli to our agency roster (for the world apart from GAS, France and Belgium).
Live report: Olivia Pedroli at Café de la Danse (18/11/10), a stunning performance, by Michael Faujour for Toute La Culture (France)
With her splendid third album, The Den, published in October by Discograph, France, we recently discovered Olivia Pedroli, who immediately struck our hearts. We had the pleasure of filming two songs (we have currently published the first, "The Day") for duo: guitar / vocals and cello. While at the Café de la Danse in connection with an evening called "Our artists have heels" (before and after Ornette Melissmell), the singer and her mini-orchestra of six musicians delivered a stunning performance, which we hope heralds the success she deserves.
The glowing "Bow" opens the concert, in its soft purring of brass, tremors and buzzing strings, sampled sounds (air, chirping of birds ...). A folk song combining arpeggios, classical instruments and electronic sound embroidery, reminiscent of a peaceful awakening to life and the waking day. On the appropriate stage of the Café de la Danse, bathed in perfect light effects and with a high stone facade behind the stage, the singer and her band feed the atmosphere. We are captivated. We will remain so to the end.
The heady, melancholy cello glides of "The Day", this Autumn waltz of longing and hope for pure beauty. After the intimate "Bow", with its contained emotion, the singer reveals the full extent of her magnificent voice, with an overwhelming intensity. On "A Path", a more restrained song, with its arpeggios full of sadness, she finds poignance, close to Portishead's Beth Gibbons. What a voice, my God! A superb voice, which fills the whole room. They are rare, singers able to thrill the soul - to lay bare the bones of emotion. Olivia Pedroli, clearly, is such a singer. And as the writer of her songs, she also stays, without ever tearing the thin, dramatic thread on which her songs move, very attentive as she sings and gives signs as the band-leader to her musicians.
The rest of the concert is in keeping, linking the most special moments (the stunning "Raise Erase", notwithstanding the increasing power of the orchestra, "I Play", and "House") and others, plentiful and powerful, where stormy brass carves out the beauty ("To Be You," on which Olivia Pedroli dances and beats out the rhythm on a snare drum). The lively and bubbly "Stay", whose strings have a Björkian feel, which also recalls that the Swiss singer recorded in Iceland with Björk's engineer, Valgeir Sigurðsson.
When we arrive at the epilogue of the last - the long and fascinating - piece, "Silent Emily", in which Olivia Pedroli, as if emptied, disappears and sits at the back of the stage while her musicians conclude the evening, we all applaud loudly, and we are surprised to find that we are just as emptied as she is. The artist has delivered at the Café de la Danse a concert of extraordinary emotional power. At its height, in short, her music, sometimes melodic, sometimes ambient, is always alive and deep. Can she find a career to match her enormous talent: it will only be deserved.
The Den album promo
The Day video
After two critically acclaimed albums were released under the stage-name Lole, she was able to take her particular version of folk music beyond the borders of her own country (to France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Scandinavia) as a headliner or as a support artist for renowned artists such as Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Donovan, Marianne Faithfull, Nouvelle Vague…
On stage, the talented young artist’s performances, blending both softness and sensuality with electric sounds, were soon being described as mesmerizing. From this point on she started playing to sold-out audiences in Switzerland, and last year she had a splendid performance at one of the most important festivals in the world - the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Olivia Pedroli is now back with “The Den” an extraordinary new album produced in Reykjavik, by Valgeir Sigurðsson, the Icelandic producer well-known for his collaborations with Björk, Camille, CocoRosie, Bonnie Prince Billy, etc. The album shows the evolution of her songs, voice and arrangements towards more personal and enchanting horizons.
By arrangement, Olivia Pedroli also performs with local orchestras.
"Mysterious magic" - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
"Without doubt, one of the most beautiful discoveries of the 2011 Brussels Summer Festival" - MAD, Belgium
"Totally refined, her album The Den marks a significant advance in her artistic evolution, combining fragility and determination within her dramatic compositions" - Libération, France
"A magic album from a great young talent" - Le Matin, France
"Olivia Pedroli's experimental folk-pop is a treasure" - Hamburger Abendblatt, Germany
"Her sound is rich while being deceptively simple…" - Spipmusic
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