A Case of You’s Blue Stroke of Genius

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“Oh I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints” writes Joni Mitchell in “A Case of You” – a song reflecting on her relationship with fellow Canadian Leonard Cohen. Portugal’s “reriz” is inspired to frame this cover, by yet another Canuck, with a dozen paintings of Kirk Hughey, Sante Fe, New Mexico artist now living in Paris, France.

In a palette rich with interpretations, as well as brilliant originals, here’s another favourite from Allison Crowe. The original is on Joni’s album “Blue“. Allison’s interpretation is on “This Little Bird

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No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II)

A sequel of sorts, part deux, of Allison Crowe’s other-worldly musical adventures aboard the S.S. Méliès. Happy Valentine’s, Happy V-Day, everyone! May there be peace and love – to the Moon and back.

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Going Home Tonight + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt I)

Next in our romantic double-bill, home is wherever the heart is – for musician Allison Crowe, orchestrator Kayla Schmah, and movie magician Georges Méliès and all of us aboard for the ride.

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How Long + Romance Sentimentale (excerpt)

A Canadian and Soviet power-play – not on the rink, but in the arena of imagination. Allison Crowe’s music scores with assists from captains of film history, Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei Eisenstein.

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Crayon and Ink + Destino (excerpt)

One of Allison Crowe’s much-loved, “early”, songs on-stream with animation begun in the 1940s by Salvador Dali and realized by succeeding generations of Disney studio animators.

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Secrets (That Aren’t My Own) + Ménilmontant (excerpt)

Allison Crowe’s voice and piano come together with the vision of silent film era lovers and collaborators Dimitri Kirsanoff and Nadia Sibirskaia.

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Skeletons and Spirits + Le Manoir du diable

Allison Crowe, voice and piano, along with Dave Baird, bass, and Laurent Boucher, percussion meet up with a classic of the silent film era – from Georges Méliès.

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Philosophy (solo version)

Philosophy” was born a psychological thriller. It grew into a Pearl Jam-like rave-up. On “secrets“, aided by producer/engineer Rainer Willeke, Allison Crowe re-lit the song’s slow-burning fuse. A L’Archipel in Paris, film-makers Karim Khenoune et Sébastien Gonthier made a doc. Merci! Jessica Kuijer, Olivier Rohart, Agnès Jourdain, Emily Green, Helen, Cécile, Linda, Ming +
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At the lovely L’Archipel, 17 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris, France, Gbaleah Thomas, Chargée de production concerts and her team, including François Cyrille, Sound Engineer, have made Allison Crowe a concert home a Paris. Performing on the venue’s Fazioli piano, with such musical guests as Emily Green (Sugar Plum Visions), Billie Woods and Nicolas Rohart, Allison and Parisienne audiences have found l’amour!
A pair of much-loved concert spectacles have been presented at L’Archipel this year, organized by Toulouse-based artist manager and promoter Jessica Kuijer and Moroccan-headquartered impresario Olivier Rohart – with concert poster by Vienna’s boki.b, PR support from Agnès Jourdain of http://www.pianobleu.com and coverage by Jennifer Carswell, of Paris Voice. Helen, Cécile, Linda, Ming, and a community of music-loving friends and fans celebrate together.
On the most recent of these concert dates, film-makers Karim Khenoune and Sébastien Gonthier captured, in a cinéma vérité way, moments that include MC Jessica Kuijer’s intro, and scenes backstage and outside the venue. Bon anniversaire L’Atelier! Happy Birthday to the film company and mission of L’Atelier which is one year old today!! Merci beaucoup, aussi! 01/12/08
Here are details of this video and the film which contains its song, Philosophy:
Philosophy“, Allison Crowe’s song which appears in “Dialogues avec mon psy” – a short film written and directed by Karim Khenoune.
Director: Sébastien Gonthier
Editing: Karim Khenoune
Philosophy: written and composed by Allison Crowe (on her “Secrets” album http://www.allisoncrowe.com )

Photo: Billie Shirley Lorna Woods

Credits: Adrian du Plessis, Jessica Kuijer et Olivier Rohart

This clip is a work of Rubenesque Records and L’Atelier! Paris in the goal of free and participatory cinema. This film is creative commons licensed NC and will be available at Kassandra Editions on the DVD Dialogues avec mon psy and VOD at Kassandre.org

Karim Khenoune
Production Audiovisuelle
Contenus et contenant numériques.
karimkhenoune@latelierparis.fr

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Canadian Crowe’s Annual Musical Migration Underway

Musician Allison Crowe, who calls Nanaimo, BC and Corner Brook, NL, home, is set for her annual European migration confirms European road manager, Camille Schmah.

The bicoastal Canadian tours Europe at least once or twice each year and her “Spiral” Europa Tournee 2010 takes flight this month – with concert visits to Frankfurt, Nijmegen, Aachen, Gentilly – Paris, Vienna, Florence, Berlin and Quedlinburg.

From a land that’s brought forth such legendary singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, this “old world” is witnessing a singular talent of a new generation.

With the release of her newest album, “Spiral“, UK music blog “We Write Lists” declares her “Canada’s finest songwriter” – building on acclaim from MOJO, TimeOut, the BBC and other UK media. Swedish reviewer Anna Maria Stjärnell says that on “Spiral“, Allison Crowe “sings her heart out. She’s made yet another album to treasure.” Underscoring one of her unique characteristics, this week, “Paris Voice” labels Crowe “one of the best interpreters to come along since Joe Cocker”.

Embodying songwriting, as well as interpretive, artistry of the highest order is rare enough. To these, Allison Crowe brings intense energy and honesty in performance – undoing any stereotypes of the modern singer-songwriter as purveyor of flaccid folk, plastic pop, or regurgitated  rock tropes.

Longtime Canadian radio and television personality, Rick Dennis, (now creator/host of CICV’s “Rick’s Country Classics and Folk Favorites“), told his radio audience, after Crowe’s appearance at “Special Woodstock“, this Summer: “You really have to see Allison Crowe live. The way she splits those notes, it’s like light through a prism – all the colours of a song.”

For select concerts on her upcoming Euro tour, Allison Crowe is joined by guest artists: Holland’s Leontine Snoeren; France’s Emily B. Green; and Canadian-Brazilian Billie Rocha-Woods. Details can be found @ http://www.allisoncrowe.com/tour.html

23.09 Jazzlokal Mampf – Frankfurt, Germany
25.09 De Lindenberg – Nijmegen, Netherlands
30.09 Aula Carolina – Aachen, Germany
02.10 Auditorium du Conservatoire  – Gentilly / Paris, France
08.10 Tunnel Vienna Live – Vienna, Austria
12.10 Teatro del Sale – Florence, Italy
15.10 Osterkirche – Berlin-Wedding, Germany
16.10 Blasiikirche – Quedlinburg, Germany

The essence, articulated by operators of Teatro del Sale in Firenze, home to famed Chef Fabio Picchi and Artist Maria Cassi, is “la ricerca della qualità della vita“!

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