Song of the Summer! Circular Reasoning + Prix de beauté

Song of the Summer – dive in!

In advance of the upcoming full Allison Crowe video show – here’s “sneak peek” fun in the form of her song “Circular Reasoning” with visuals from a French silent film that became a talkie in 1930.

Prix de beauté” (“Beauty Prize” aka “Miss Europe”) is directed by Augusto Genina, written by René Clair & Georg W. Pabst and stars a radiant Louise Brooks.

Enjoy :)

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Allison Crowe has a 16-song-video-series that launches September 2, 2014. Pairing a spectrum of recordings from the Canadian musician with visuals from great artists and innovators of the 20th and 21st centuries – film-makers, animators, painters, photographers and more… – it’s a multi-media expression of Crowe’s mission to make “Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music.” ( http://allisoncrowe.com/bio.html )

And, this collection confirms the diagnosis of Dr. H Guy aka Allan Showalter, the world’s inimitable blogger “On Life, Love, Lust, & Leonard Cohen” – who notes: “Once you’ve heard one Allison Crowe song, You’ve heard one Allison Crowe song.” ( http://1heckofaguy.com/2009/01/27/wedding-song-allison-crowes-small-masterwork )

Much more on this all, naturally, to come – once we’ve celebrated Summer in this part of the world. Right now, it’s time for bathing suits, ice-cream, fresh berries, bicycle bells… any and all other of life’s simple joys and pleasures.

Sláinte!

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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms – Allison Crowe Live – Jazzhaus Freiburg

Allison Crowe delivers one of her encore tunes acapella – on Mother’s Day at Jazzhaus Freiburg, in Germany. (This being the latest, and, perhaps, last, in our live bootleg video series. At least until the next tour…)

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This traditional aire takes its lyrics from the writings of Thomas Moore. An international hit at the beginning of the previous century for the great Irish tenor John McCormack (who recorded it in 1911 and, again, in 1935), and Australia’s legendary coloratura soprano, Dame Nellie Melba (in 1909).

Allison Crowe’s Celtic roots show when she performs “Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms)“.

Recordings of this tune are found on Allison’s “Live at Wood Hall” (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/live-at-wood-hall) and “Tidings Concert” (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/tidings-concert) albums.And, it’s an “hidden” track closing her “Secrets” album (http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/secrets).

Irish Music Daily” provides delightful background to this beautiful song @ http://www.irishmusicdaily.com/believe-me-if-all-those-endearing-young-charms

Believe Me If All

Traditional Irish Aire w. words by Thomas Moore
As performed by Allison Crowe

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,
Which I gaze on so fondly today,
Were to change by tomorrow,
and fleet in my arms,
Like fairy-gifts fading away,

Thou wouldst still be adored,
as this moment thou art,
Let thy loveliness fade as it will,
And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart,
Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,
And thy cheek unprofaned by a tear,
That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known,
To which time has but made thee more dear:

No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,
But as truly loves on to the close,
As the sun-flower turns to her god, when he sets,
The same look which she gave when he rose.

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We have a voice, still…

In 2003, Allison Crowe and bandmates performed live in the Victoria, BC television studio of The New VI (later renamed A Channel) – for a nationally broadcast one-hour special called “Tidings”.

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Allison’s set that night includes “Whether I’m Wrong” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTB07RkNzX4 – soon featured by the UNESCO-endorsed “New Songs for Peace” project @ http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/spotlight-200403.html and http://www.newsongsforpeace.org/songs-crowe1.html

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This is the first song video of Allison Crowe we posted to a then new website called YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a6hmQbRcIM

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Allison Crowe video from Europe tour

In an courtyard tonight in Haarlem, Holland – there’s finally internet connection enough to upload a video from Allison Crowe’s “Heavy Graces” tour! Plenty more images – and, with any luck, more video – from the latest chapter in the musical story of one of the modern greats:

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Musician Allison Crowe performs her song “Disease” — before a rocking audience at Germany’s Jazzhaus Freiburg on Muttertag — Mother’s Day — 2014. This tune and Crowe’s wildly impassioned performances have drawn her comparison in Europe to innovative Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky — and the famed German singer-songwriter (“Liedermacher”), composer, author, and actor, Konstantin Wecker.

This hand-captured video is, obviously, lo-fi in sound+ — still, it captures some of the excitement of this night — representative of Crowe’s triumphant May 2014 “Heavy Graces” tour of Germany and Italy. The Canadian artist enraptured audiences who called her back for two or three encores each night.

At Jazzhaus – Allison Crowe takes to a stage that’s hosted: Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Sun Ra, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, BB King, Jimmy Cliff, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Betty Carter, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Terry Callier, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Nigel Kennedy und mehr greats.

Vielen dank! Grazie mille! Thank you, everyone!

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Sie Liebt Dich

Super fun first show in Bernau! Amazing crowd, lovely room! Woot! (tweets Allison)

Allison Crowe - Bernau - Siebenklang 2014

Bernau bei Berlin last night welcomed Allison Crowe und Billie Woods – with friends old and new in life’s celebration of music and passion.

Part of Siebenklang 2014: Bernauer Musikfestspiele it’s an extraordinarily well-presented, promoted, attended and received show – and so much more :)

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Allison at the fleugel here in the Ausverkauft! (sold-out), beautiful, historic venue in Bernau.

Vielen dank, everyone!!! Feiern sie :)

Following the sensational launch @ Siebenklang, here are upcoming concert dates on Allison Crowe’s current “Heavy Graces” tournee:
07.05 - Frankfurt, Jazzlokal Mampf
11.05 - Freiburg, Jazzhaus
13.05 - Neunkirchen, Stummsche Reithalle
15.05 - Inning am Ammersee, Inninger Spectacel
17.05 - Florence, Circo-lo Teatro del Sale
20.05 - Münster, Hot Jazz Club
22.05 - Potsdam, Lindenpark
Full event calendar and info/links @ http://allisoncrowe.com/tour.html

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Time After Time – Allison Crowe live (Nanaimo Tidings Concert)

Allison Crowe performs at the annual “Tidings” concert in her birth-place of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. (The same event at which her live performance of “I Never Loved a Man” is captured.)

Here Crowe delivers a song from her child-hood – Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman’s ’80s pop gem “Time After Time“.

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Concert video captured by Del Crowe and audio by Scott Littlejohn.

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Do touch that dial

Tonight on NPR’s Red River Radio – Bill Beckett, Host and Producer of “Caravan”, promises “we’ll hear new tunes from The Royal Oui, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Alabama Shakes plus a couple from Julie Miller and Allison Crowe.” If you’re in broadcast range of the Louisiana, USA airwaves, 9pm local time, you can enjoy the show on terrestrial radio. Those of us around the world can tune in online – http://redriverradio.org/term/allison-crowe
A few hours earlier, as ever, on a Friday, tune in to “Salt Water Music” on CFRC Radio in Kingston, ON, Canada. Host/Producer Rob Carnell always serves us platters of great music from Canada’s east coast – and, Allison’s regularly heard on this tremendous program. Rob advises: “In Kingston tune in to CFRC at 101.9 FM and anyone can listen online at http://www.cfrc.ca Reminder for our east coast listeners that the start time is 7pm Atlantic and 7:30pm in Newfoundland. :-)

And, in more news from the radio dial – Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” album – a much-loved hit since its release in June 2013, and a top pick on Muruch’s year-end best-of list, has re-entered the radio charts at #7 on CHLY 101.7 FM Nanaimo, BC, Canada’s college radio. Tune in and turn on to CHLY from anywhere on this planet @ http://chly.ca/the-program-schedule/listen

Pump up the volume!!

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Revolution in the air

Digging 50 years of Beatlemania in North America helps to unearth a Canadian cultural treasure in Allison Crowe’s home province on the Atlantic. The Beatles landing at New York City’s JFK International in February 1964 was emblematic of the new – the “jet set” – a revolution in air travel that made it possible for jet planes to cross the Atlantic in record times. In the era of propeller planes and the refuelling stop-overs needed to make the trip between Europe and the USA, the key North American terminal – GIA – was located in Gander, Newfoundland.

Gander International’s VIP Lounge played host to Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich, Fidel Castro, Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and Jackie O., among countless others, during those years GIA was popularly known as the “Crossroads of the World”.

Then a thriving global hub, in 1959 a new terminal opened and its construction and furniture featured creativity of leading designers – including chairs by Charles and Ray Eames -http://eamesoffice.com/charles-and-ray , “Primasteel” seating by Robin Bush, and a six-foot mural painted by Kenneth Lochhead – http://www.kennethlochhead.com

Gander International Airport – departure lounge photographed by Zach Bonnell

The advent of jet travel, however, soon redirected the flow of international air travel. With Gander facilities no longer bustling, it’s uniquely preserved a “time capsule” quality. Today, GIA is viewed as a marvel by art historians, architects and design aficionados – ”It’s still one of the most beautiful, most important Modernist rooms in the country, if not the most important,” says Alan C. Elder, Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. (Recently renamed, the Canadian Museum of History is this nation’s most-visited museum).

Gander, and such nearby communities as Lewisporte, Twillingate and more, earned international renown in 2001 as GIA became haven for dozens of international aircraft grounded when airspace was shut-down in the wake of the 9/11 NYC attacks. The character of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians opening their hearts and homes to thousands of people – flight passengers and crew – during the crisis is legend – http://www.snopes.com/rumors/gander.asp#smvFTOCIkq43PMEj.99

Less-known, across even its home and native land, is how Gander long-served as “Crossroads of the World”. Awareness of GIA’s style is enjoying a renaissance in our internet age – with features in The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/20/travel/tmagazine/20TGANDER.html , Institute http://www.instituteartist.com/feature-Gander-Airport-Simon-Norfolk , “dwell” magazine – http://www.dwell.com/rewind/article/aviation-preservation – and more – http://itraveltree.com/virgin-atlantic-welcome-to-um-gander-canada

Most recently, Bloomberg’s high-end “Pursuits”, (a publication “for the world’s richest people”) put Gander International on its cover, with a fashion shoot – http://ca.zinio.com/reader.jsp?issue=416276333&WT.mc_id=PUB_COM_DISC_GLOBAL_082813_Pursuits_Fall13 – calling it “the world’s coolest airport”.

GIA image – showing mural – from series by Zach Bonnell on flickr

In a fab, 18-photo, flickr gallery, Zach Bonnell of St. John’s, NL is our guide on a magical mystery tour of GIA @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachbonnell/sets/72157623762605690

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“Imagine” peace again – and again

Among her interpretations of songs by the Beatles, during the group’s collective and solo years, chanting the mantra – peace and love – here’s “Imagine” performed “Live at Wood Hall” by Canadian musician Allison Crowe.
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Gerry Deiter, assigned by ‘Life‘ magazine, was the only photographer present for the entire eight-day Bed-In staged by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel in 1969. His collection of images from that happening come together in the book “Give Peace a Chance: John & Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace” – compiled by Joan Athey and edited by Paul McGrath.
And Joan Athey’s graciously allowed Gerry Deiter’s photographs to accompany the music to make this video.
Since it’s Groundhog Day leading us into the week celebrating 50 years of Beatlemania in North America+ – here’s an encore version of “Imagine” recorded by Allison at home – with peace signs courtesy of Top Pun.
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“Hallelujah” – Allison Crowe performs Leonard Cohen

Tonight, at the Banff Centre, a cultural beacon alight in the majestic Rocky Mountains since 1933, Canada’s amazing Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents an exciting and inspiring mixed program of dance from three exceptional choreographers: “Quantz by Quanz” (Peter Quanz); “The Doorway” (Jorden Morris); “Pas D’Action” (Brian Macdonald).

The Doorway: Scenes from Leonard Cohen”, choreographed by Jorden Morris, lattices interviews/spoken word recordings, along with: “The Letters” performed by Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes for the CD “Dear Heather“; “Bird on a Wire” as recorded by Adam Cohen for the compilation “A Song for My Father”; “Hallelujah” – the “Tidings” album recording by Allison Crowe; “Since You Asked“, a poem composed by Judy Collins and recited by Leonard Cohen from the CD “Born to the Breed”; and “Sisters of Mercy” recorded live by iconic US singer-songwriter Cris Williamson on the CD “Circle of Friends“.

The RWB was the first company anywhere in the world to stage a production melding works of the Montreal-born singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist – presenting “The Shining People of Leonard Cohen“, with choreography by Brian Macdonald, in 1970. Choreographer Jorden Morris’ “The Doorway” opened in 2012 and, again, represents a company uniquely in tune with the zeitgeist.

Cohen, at age 79, is today enjoying universal appreciation of his works. “Hallelujah” is a much-loved modern standard. His recordings, from “Suzanne” to “The Darkness”+, remain as popular now as the day of their release. A key to such timeless appeal was revealed some years back – when asked by an interviewer about the impact of commercialization, the songwriter explained:

“Well, each person here at this table is a victim of the commercialization of life. I’m sure I haven’t escaped. But I can say one thing – I have been tempted by the money. I have been tempted by the glory… I don’t think there is any man that can escape those temptations. But I feel that I have not put out any songs that were designed to exploit the commercial market.”

http://www.vimeo.com/85053330

Allison Crowe’s first release of “Hallelujah” was over ten years ago – http://music.allisoncrowe.com/track/hallelujah – and, it, too, has continued to increase in resonance since the “Tidings” EP of 2003. Here, in video form, Allison performs Cohen’s song – captured in real-time by film director Alex Postowoi and crew and audio engineer Larry Anschell at Turtle Recording by-the-sea in White Rock, BC, Canada. (As with recent Beatles’ interpretations from this same live-in-the-studio session, this is in higher-fidelity than has been previously available.)

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