An intimate party
Seen as one of the best voices in the independent pop scene, this New Yorker raised in Montreal in a family of musicians, continues to grow artistically, whether with a piano or a guitar, or with a band behind him. Always between popular melodies and lyrical sounds, thanks to his interest in opera, the American singer and songwriter, since his debut, in 1998, has unified the applause of public and critics with an unlimited artistic determination.
After earning respect with his first album, “Poses” (2001), written at the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York (a place that also inspired his beloved Leonard Cohen, whose “Halellujah” Rufus covers in a unique way), his essential second work, catapulted him to the top beyond the alternative scene, with songs like “Cigarettes and Chocolate milk” or “Grey Gardens”. Since then, he has alternated baroque but catchy rhythms with dark sounds. His songs always show a perfect vocal performance that doesn’t fear harmonic complexity, a very rare quality in artists of his generation. Outside the recording studio, Wainwright has been capable, for example, to cover Judy Garland in a whole concert (published in DVD in 2007). His voice is also part of the soundtracks of films like “Shrek” or “Moulin Rouge”. His latest studio album, “Out of the Game” (2012), is perhaps the sweetest and most danceable album of his career, as a result of his recent marriage, a sign of the good moment he is going through nowadays.
This year, after the publication of “Take All My loves”, a work in which he gives music -and recites, along with other artists- nine sonnets of William Shakespeare, he embarks on a world tour that will also take him to Pedralbes. For Wainwright, the shows of this tour are a diversion that frees him from his complex and also successful job as operatic composer (“Prima Donna”, 2009; “Hadrian”, 2018). An intimate party, with the complicity of the audience, in which he sings his greatest hits, in an apparently naked scenario he dresses with his voice and a piano.