All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu out now!
Rufus Wainwright North American Tour
All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu was written and produced by Rufus Wainwright with two songs produced and one co-produced by Pierre Marchand, who also mixed the album. The two last collaborated on Rufus' Poses album.
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The album is hugely personal, deeply emotional and all channeled through Rufus' fingers, his voice and a piano.
Rufus admits recording All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu was one of the most difficult things he has ever done. "After hiding behind a 70-piece orchestra with my opera you can blame everything on the tuba player. With this album, when the curtain is raised it's me on my own," says Rufus.
Strapped with a resounding emotional heft and steeped in beauty, the intense 12-track record opens in arresting fashion with "Who Are You New York?", Rufus' ode to the city. "Les Feux d'artifice t'appellent", which is the final aria from Rufus' debut opera, 'Prima Donna,' is another highlight along with "Zebulon", a majestic song about one of Rufus' high school sweethearts.
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Also featured are three Shakespeare sonnets which Rufus has gorgeously crafted in his very own inimitable style. They are selected from 24 pieces of music that Rufus wrote for a theatrical production, 'Sonette' with director Robert Wilson in Berlin last year.
Set to be one of the highlights for 2010's musical calendar, Rufus Wainwright will recreate the intensity of All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu in a special North American summer tour. The shows will spotlight Rufus with just a piano and microphone, replicating the setup of his studio process.
People Magazine dubbed the album Critic's Choice noting Wainwright "brings the album to a beautifully intimate level with just voice, piano and some deeply personal lyrics. Bravo."
Billboard Magazine thinks Rufus' "solo piano accompaniment highlights his extremely adaptable voice...a single piano is all that’s needed to show off his immense vocal talent."
"The new album struck me as a masterpiece when I first heard the CD and I was more convinced of that than ever after this impassioned and intellectually alert performance." - Paul Taylor (The Independent)
"Very few artists can keep a crowd entertained for 2 1/2 hours but Rufus pulls it off." - John Earls (News of the World)
Rufus Wainwright 2010 US tour dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
August 1 - Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ
August 3 - Opera House - Boston, MA
August 4 - Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 6 - The Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
August 7 - The Music Center at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
August 8 - Carnegie Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
August 10 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
August 11 - Orchestra Hall - Minneapolis, MN
August 13 - Bank of America Theatre - Chicago, IL
August 15 - The Midland by AMC - Kansas City, MO
August 17 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
August 20 - The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
August 21 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
August 22 - Uptown Theatre - Napa, CA
August 23 - The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, California
August 25 - Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA
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