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Patricia Barber - the most amazing singer of our time

December 14 2006

Most impressive live singer and composer of our time, Patricia Barber gave his only concert in Moscow in the Chamber Hall of the Music House. Creativity Barber without exaggeration be called the vanguard of the new girls' school jazz musicians. Since the mid 80's, actress prepared and issued nine albums, which provided not only the jazz-pop melodies and well-known standards, but also his own song.

In 2002, Patricia Barber has released an album "Verse", the first built entirely on new original material. "On this album, I pay tribute to the many artists: Cole Porter, Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Sting and others", - says the singer.

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2003 brought the actress a special sign of recognition - the Canadian-American Prize Guggenheim. At various times winners of this award became Vladimir Nabokov, Henry A. Kissinger, Philip Roth. The fact that the prize in music went to Patricia Barber, who has never been strictly a classical musician - an exceptional achievement. His award Barber spent on in-depth study of classical music - Chopin, Verdi, Schubert.

Her latest work - the album "Mythology". It is a cycle of 11 songs based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. Music and lyrics in this album are of equal importance. The songs are written in different styles and moods.

"Brave game, deep voice, a clear rhythm, sound alarm and intelligent lyrics about how we think and live, not only about how to love ... This is art that we need in the 21 st century" - so described the singer newspaper New York Times.

For our part we can add that this is indeed the case. Even before the concert all the journalists were warned that the singer can only shoot the first two songs. Many would think that Barber just moody, but in fact it was not true. The entire concert of American pianist, singer and composer Patricia Barber behaved better than thongs. First of all, immediately struck me that the piano, she sat barefoot and occasionally sipping a glass slowly with water.

It seemed that she does not play to the audience, but simply rehearsing at home, so it was natural. Executing any song, artist really enjoy it, and not only it. Her constant touring team - guitarist Neal Oldzher (Neal Alger), bassist Michael Ernopol (Michael Arnopol) and drummer Eric Montska (Eric Montzka) in anything she did not concede. Each of the artists with rapture listening to individual parties from the work of their colleagues in the group. The only pity is that she more than Patricia played the piano than she sang, in spite of the fact that she is very strong and beautiful voice.

In between songs actress admitted that she had arrived in Russia for the first time, and it is really like. And, as if in confirmation of his sympathy began to call the names of Russian composers. Someone from the audience decided to help Barber, shouting the word "Glinka", after which Braber immediately lost some of the work of this composer.

General public is very welcome in Barber, why not just applause subsided. And when the singer played their last song and disappeared behind the scenes, the audience for a long time it did not let go, bravely shouting "Bravo!" And applauding.It seemed that the foreign stars will not appear, however, Patricia did not withstand such pressure and delighted the audience one more song.

Anastasia Kudinov

Константин Дятлов

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