Stacey Kent explores her love of Brazilian music

Picture by Nicole Nodland

Picture by Nicole Nodland

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Grammy-nominated singer Stacey Kent is coming to The Capitol as part of her 2014 ‘The Changing Lights’ Europe-wide concert tour.

The acclaimed singer brings her new show to the venue on Thursday, June 5 (7.30pm).

Stacey’s The Changing Lights album is released on Parlophone Label Group and is supported by a worldwide tour that includes such prestigious venues as Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, L’Olympia in Paris and Birdland in New York.

The Changing Lights brings centre stage Kent’s love for Brazilian music and includes both original compositions and classic songs from the biggest names, including Tôm Jobim, Dori Caymmi, Marcos Valle and Roberto Menescal, who performs on two of the album’s tracks, including his own, O Barquinho. 

Signed to Blue Note/EMI – as it was then known – in 2007, Stacey Kent’s EMI albums have sold more than half a million copies worldwide, including the Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling, Breakfast on the Morning Tram, Raconte-Moi and Dreamer in Concert.

This new album finds Stacey visiting some of her favourite Bossa Nova songs, including This Happy Madness, One Note Samba, How Insensitive, alongside original songs composed by Jim Tomlinson, in collaboration with Kazuo Ishiguro (The Summer We Crossed Europe In The Rain), the team that wrote The Ice Hotel and Breakfast On The Morning Tram.

There are also collaborations with Portuguese poet Antonio Ladeira (Mais Uma Vez, A Tarde) and French lyricist Bernie Beaupère (Chanson Légère), the writer of Raconte-Moi and Venus Du Melo.

An American who speaks fluent French, Portuguese, Italian and German, Stacey is able to transcend genre and national boundaries with an ease that few other artists can.

Having recently recorded a live album in Rio De Janeiro with Marcos Valle, in celebration of his 50th year in music, Stacey’s musical journey has brought her ever closer to Brazilian music. With The Changing Lights, Kent re-imagines her truly personal sound and style through the prism of Brazilian music.

Kent’s new album, The Changing Lights is a milestone for her and the highlight of a 15-year recording career from a gifted jazz singer with not only an exquisite voice but also an unmatched talent for storytelling.

Her appearance at The Capitol is one of only a limited number of UK dates, offering fans a rare chance to hear Stacey and her stellar group of musicians, live in concert.

Tickets for the show cost £18.50. Call the Capitol box office on 01403 750220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com.