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Announces North American Tour (CHI, NYC, BOS, MTL, TOR)
Concert dates in support of June 15 2010 US album release of "Elettra" (Electra) on Wrasse Records
CHICAGO listing info: Carmen Consoli
Tuesday June 15, 2010
Martyrs', Chicago IL
3855 N. Lincoln Ave.
8:00pm $18 adv. / $20 door
Opening act: Caravan of Thieves
NEW YORK listing info: Carmen Consoli
Thursday June 17, 2010
(Le) Poisson Rouge, New York NY
158 Bleecker Street
7:00pm $25 adv. / $30 day of
Opening act: Jose Conde
BOSTON listing info: Carmen Consoli
Friday June 18, 2010
One Bennett Street, Cambridge MA
MONTREAL listing info: Carmen Consoli
Saturday June 19, 2010
FrancoFolies de Montreal, Montreal QC
Place Loto-Québec Scène Loto-Québec
(Outdoor Stage @ Corner of De Montigny & Clark)
TORONTO listing info.: Carmen Consoli
Sunday June 20, 2010
Mod Club Theatre, Toronto ON
722 College St.
"She was as much Piaf as PJ (Harvey)" Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix
"... a remarkable combination of rocker and intellectual ." Jon Pareles, The New York Times
"...a powerfully expressive vocalist, a superior melodicist, and a skillful if not virtuoso acoustic guitarist..." New York Rocker
"'She and her band played more original musical ideas in her first three songs than most American, or for that matter, English bands manage in a whole evening,' marveled an inspired Elvis Costello following her Joe's Pub performance." Global Rhythm
Carmen Consoli Backgrounder:
The Sicilian-born Carmen Consoli is the most successful female singer-songwriter Italy has ever produced. The 35 year-old musician is known for her unflinching emotional live performances of songs that examine broad themes of love, illness, solitude and friendship from a feminine -- and feminist -- perspective. Her innovative mixture of Italian song with indie-rock influences, bossa nova rhythms and jazz and blues-inspired riffs have engendered a sound unique on the Italian music scene. Consoli has seven studio albums and two live albums to her credit, all platinum albums in Italy that have sold cumulatively over 1 million copies.
“Elettra,” the Sicilian singer-songwriter’s seventh studio set, debuted at number two on Italy’s national charts in November, 2009 (right behind Michael Jackson's posthumous album release). Written and recorded in Sicily during the summer of 2009 following the tragic death of her father, “Elettra” is the most personal collection of songs in Carmen’s career employing Italian, Sicilian, Arabic and French languages and including a special guest appearance by friend and mentor Franco Battiato. Consoli’s song “Mio Zio” (My Uncle) was awarded the 2010 Amnesty International Italy prize for its anti-abuse lyrics. The “Elettra” album is being released in the US on the leading world music label Wrasse Records on June 15, 2010. It has already been released in Canada by Universal Music.
Consoli‘s previous studio CD effort “Eva Contro Eva” (Eve Against Eve), debuted at Number One on the Italian charts in May 2006. The album was released in the US on Universal Music Latino marking the iconic singer-songwriter’s first US release. Recorded in her home town of Catania, Sicily, and featuring guest appearances by the Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo and Balkan composer Goran Bregovic, “Eva Contro Eva” is a set of musical tales depicting Consoli’s reflections on the wide range of contradictions -- the beauties and hardships -- encountered in contemporary life on the Mediterranean island.
Consoli has been honored with numerous awards including the MTV Italian Music Award for Best Video (Parole di Burro) in 2001; Best Female Artist at the Italian Music Awards in both 2002 and 2003 and Best Song at the Taormina Film Festival for the soundtrack of the international hit film “L’Ultimo Bacio” (The Last Kiss).
Consoli served as Artistic Director of the summer 2008 Etna Music World Festival in Sicily. In May 2006 Consoli was named a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF representing Italy then went on to headline the MTV Europe Foundation’s Exit concert in Vlore Albania, to benefit NGOs working against human trafficking in the European Union. In February 2005 Consoli was chosen to represent Italy at the Africa Unite concert in Ethiopia celebrating the 60th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth. She participated in Quincy Jones' "We Are The Future" project, a live concert held at the Circus Maximus in Rome in May 2004, which was a fund-raiser to support children in war-torn cities. The resulting benefit CD was sold in Starbucks in the US. Consoli’s debut New York City and Austin, TX appearances at Joe’s Pub and the SXSW Festival in March 2004 were aired in Italy as an MTV Rockumentary.
NPR “All Things Considered” May 2, 2010
Exploring Music's World Divas: World Divas
Below Carmen Consoli introduces her new album "Electra" ( In Italiano )