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Vestzaktheater

6th January 2014

Amy Speace (USA)
Jens Lysdal (S)


CROSSROADS OPENT KALENDERJAAR MET AMY SPEACE

Komende maandag, 6 januari 2014, houdt het radioprogramma Crossroads van ZuidWest FM in Het Vestzaktheater aan de Moeregrebstraat 18 in Bergen op Zoom een opnameavond met de Amerikaanse singer/songwriter Amy Speace. Deze voormalige Shakespeare actrice start die avond een uitgebreide tour door Nederland. De opnames, die gratis bij te wonen zijn, beginnen om 20.15 uur.


Amy Speace

De wieg van Amy Speace stond in Baltimore, Maryland maar na een flink aantal jaren in New Jersey te hebben doorgebracht is al weer enige tijd Nashville in Tennessee haar thuisbasis. En dat is best opmerkelijk want vermoedelijk zal dat Mekka van de countrymuziek niet zo heel veel voormalige Shakespeare-actrices herbergen. In het geval van Amy is dan ook sprake van een fikse carriere switch. Waar zij aanvankelijk op de bühne teksten van de oude Engelse schrijver declameerde, staat zij tegenwoordig op diezelfde planken om haar eigen, duidelijk door literaire grootheden beïnvloedde teksten te zingen. Die teksten, vaak voorzien van door Amy zelf bedachte melodietjes, zijn van een zodanige klasse dat zelfs een grootheid als Judy Collins onlangs een lied van Amy opnam (The World's Weight).
Als zangeres staat de voormalige actrice overigens haar mannetje. Al vanaf haar doorbraakplaat Songs For Bright Street in 2006 wordt in de pers vaak gerefereerd aan Lucinda Williams. Amy beschikt namelijk over eenzelfde fluwelen stemgeluid, met een van pijn doordrongen kartelrandje. Hoogtepunt in Amy's carriere is ongetwijfeld haar in de zomer van 2013 verschenen derde volwaardige album How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat. Tijdens haar sessie bij Crossroads, waarbij Amy zich laten begeleiden door de Zweedse gitarist Jens Lysdal, komen ongetwijfeld veel liedjes van dat album aan bod.


Jens Lysdal

was born in Sweden by danish parents. Following a year in New Orleans the family moved to Denmark.
His songs and albums - unaffected by trends - are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners.
His style is often subtle and poetic, but at the same time with an unmistakable sharpness in playing and writing.
Both as a writer and instrumentalist, he covers a wide range of genres - that he often mixes - always using it for making lyrical and musical points. When performing - unlimited by genre - he draws from all sorts of influences and is comfortable with whatever that takes him.
Nationally and internationally he has received tremendous reviews for his songs and recordings and
is one of scandinavias top guitarplayers. When he recently re-released an updated version of his debut- album "A matter of time", danish press called it: "one of the most solid works in newer danish popular musichistory".
Both his newer and older songs are frequently played on air and are featured in numerous danish and international films.
He has scored several films himself and lately worked with five-time Emmy-winner filmcomposer Jakob Groth ("The girl with the dragon tatoo") as vocalist and musician.
What makes him stand out as a performer is the combination between his songs and voice and his high level as an instrumentalist. Making his music and concerts unique - the focus shifting between the songs and his guitar-playing, reinforcing each other.
He is known for always playing and recording with top-level musicians - among them: Greg Leisz - lapsteel, pedal-steel (Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, KD Lang, Bill Frisell, Ryan Adams), Tim OŽBrien - mandolin, fiddle (Mark Knopfler, The Chieftains), Glenn Fukunaga (Bob Dylan, The Dixie Chicks) Danny Frankel (Rickie Lee Jones, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithful) and Hugo Rasmussen (Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins).
Before his solo-debut in 1995 he was a hardworking sideman performing with international stars like The Pointer Sisters, Sergio Mendes and Donna Summer. He's still much in demand as a studio-musician and occassionally also live as a sideman guitarist, lately with the Grammy-nominated Eliza Gilkyson.
He is a co-founder of the groundbreaking ensemble Smć Oaser/Small Oases - "Filmmusic for reality"
A new album - "Easy Heart" - will be released in beginning of 2014. Recorded in Austin, TX with Tim OŽBrien, Greg Leisz, Danny Frankel, Glenn Fukunaga and others. All new material, with co-writes with, among others, Ray Bonneville.

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