TRANSPORT YOURSELF TO A FRENCH CABARET, WITH SIRI VIK AND “LA VIE EN ROUGE” JANUARY 31
Like a smear of deep red lipstick against a clean white wall, Edith Piaf’s voice is perhaps the single most vivid impression the world holds of France and its music – especially through her exquisitely sad classic, “La Vie en Rose.” Piaf’s voice reverberates through the last century into the 21st, echoing the loves, losses, the quiet desperations, the boundless passions, the stories of a nation.
Edith Piaf would have turned 100 this year – and as a tribute to the work of Piaf and the chanson tradition, chanteuse Siri Vik has created the cabaret concert, “La Vie En Rouge.” This performance, featuring Vik accompanied by a quintet playing piano, accordion, melodica, guitar, bass and percussion, will come to the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tickets for this Weekender Concert Series presentation are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, on sale now at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org. Showtime is 7 pm.
“Edith Piaf was, with her voice, expression and passion, the embodiment of a great fulcrum point in the grand and tender, ancient tradition of French popular song: the chanson. At the midway point of the 20th century, she was the culmination of generations of wild, sometimes tortured, and supremely artistic cabaret singers— women and men who dared to bring the grit and sensuality and sheer emotion of real life to the stage,” said Vik. “Piaf was warrior and a tramp. She lived large — dangerously and fearlessly, spiritually; on the edge of all the blessings and tragedies one life could hope to hold. We celebrate this life and this voice–a voice which spoke for so many.”
Siri Vik’s cabaret “La Vie en Rouge,” like Piaf’s classic chanson “La Vie en Rose,” celebrates all that is bold and raw, grand and nostalgic, tender and beautiful in the music and memory of Edith Piaf and the greatest of the French chansonniers.