Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

May 6th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Sara
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

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Live: Rufus Wainwright @ The Egg, 12/9/10

December 10th, 2010, 4:22 pm by Greg

Rufus Wainwright @ The Egg

Rufus Wainwright’s performance at The Egg on Thursday evening was completely over the top, outrageously self-indulgent and utterly glorious.

The evening began with an opening announcement that flipped traditional concert etiquette on its head – please take photos and videos of the performance and please don’t applaud until after Rufus has left the stage.

Wearing white face make-up with smudges of baby-blue color beneath both eyes, Wainwright made quite an entrance – walking across the stage in a black, floor-length gown with a large, tall fur and feathers collar and a train that trailed behind him for nearly the entire width of the stage. He settled in at the grand piano, and he he began playing the opening “Who Are You New York?,” Douglas Gordon’s slow motion film of an eye smudged with black make-up was projected on the large movie screen behind him. The eye opened and closed in slow motion. Then there were two eyes. Then more.

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Rufus Wainwright, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

December 8th, 2010, 4:50 pm by Greg

Rufus Wainwright“I was really into Al Jolson when I was a little kid. And the Everly Brothers. And then I got into opera when I was really young – probably about 14 years old.

But I think that the first album that I went out and actually bought was Men Without Hats. They were from Canada, you know.

It was either that or the disco version of the ‘Star Wars’ theme – you know, one of those really weird disco albums.”

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright heads into The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday in support of his latest album, “All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.” Tix are $34.50, $39.50 and $49.50.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL’s “Easy Come, Easy Go: 12 Songs for Music Lovers”

April 24th, 2009, 12:07 pm by Greg
(Decca, 2009):  Reunited with her musical soulmate/producer Hal Willner, Faithfull wraps her beautifully whiskey ‘n’ cigarettes-ravaged voice around a well-chosen collection of tunes from the songbags of Neko Case, Randy Newman, Morrissey, Duke Ellington, the Decemberists and more. Among those who dropped by the studio to help out are Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Cat Powers and Sean Lennon.

Best of the bunch? It’s a toss-up. Either Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh Baby Baby” sung with Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons, of course). Or Merle Haggard’s classic “Sing Me Back Home” with Keith Richards, which is every bit as good as it looks on paper.

Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come, Easy Go

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