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Songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Patricia Kaas


Sat 10 Jun 2017, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: St John's in the City Presbyterian Church, 170 Willis Street., Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: lala7

Most of the songs in this concert are sung in French like the originals.

Lala Simpson will be accompanied by three accomplished and renowned Wellington musicians: Dayle Anderson on piano, Jonathan Berkahn on the piano accordion and Richard Hardie on acoustic bass. There will be old favourites and some not so well-known but nevertheless beautiful ones.

You will be taken on a journey along the streets of Amsterdam and Paris, reminisce about the past (L'accordeoniste was written by a soldier who presented the song to Edith Piaf on the day he went to war) and live heartbreak and romance with the joy and anguish that go hand in hand with love.

Lala grew up in Madagascar and discovered her love of French chansons in her early teens. Since Madagascar is an ex-French colony, French music is readily available on the Island. Lala now lives in Wellington. A professional singer, dancer and song leader, she is in demand for her work with choirs, workshops on world music particularly songs from Madagascar, and Malagasy and African dance.

“The songs are so evocative. We were transported to a very different time and place. Lala combines her fluent French with an astonishing musical ability. Her rich voice plus the extra pizazz of her Madagascan roots brings passion and drama to her singing. A moving concert.” - Wendy Crane, Wairarapa

" Lala is a gifted and charismatic singer, songwriter, dancer and performer. She motivates, inspires, entertains and bewitches as all great artists do. Lala has a wide range of personas, from Malagasy folk singer to chanteuse - mistress of modern chanson. Any piece of music, whether it be by a Malagasy artist or Jacques Brel, she makes her own. It also must be said that Lala is accomplished at writing her own songs. Don't miss the opportunity to find out about the mesmerising Malagasy performer that is Lala Simpson." - Georgia Vaughn, Wellington

This event is also a fundraiser for the victims of cyclone Enawo which caused damage right across Madagascar but particularly the Northwest Coast, the SAVA.

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