Lizz Wright – Waltons World Masters
Waltons World Masters
National Concert Hall • Main Stage
Thursday • 21 March 2019 @ 8pm
Tickets €32 – €40 from nch.ie
‘one of the most moving and powerful concerts of the year’
– The Arts Desk
Acclaimed American vocalist Lizz Wright is a truly extraordinary singer, with a musical palette that encompasses gospel, folk, jazz, pop, blues and spirituals.
The daughter of a minister and music director in rural Georgia and now living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Wright grew up playing piano and singing in her father’s church. Her music is imbued with the lively passion of Southern sacred tradition, connecting the texture of church music with the groove of jazz and endowing both with new depth and radiance. Her extraordinary voice ‘simmer[s] with midnight heat and the cadences of gospel music’, according to The Guardian. After six critically-acclaimed albums, she has cemented her place as one of the most captivating vocalists of this century.
Wright hits a new high with her latest album Grace, an acclaimed and compelling combination of Appalachian earthiness and big-city cool, created with the Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry. On it, Wright transforms ‘Stars Fell on Alabama’ into a folk dream, while a church choir forms the backdrop for her tender rendition of ‘Seems Like I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You’. She will be performing music from the album – as well as gems from across her career – with her stellar group of musicians.
This will be her first performance in Ireland.
– The Guardian
‘graceful, grounded and unmistakably cool’
‘One of Wright’s greatest gifts is that she has the ability to make you feel like you’ve never really heard a song until you’ve heard her sing it.’
– Rebellious Magazine
‘[An] effortlessly capacious voice, both whispery and resounding. Ms. Wright conveys a bird’s-eye command, hitting her notes precisely and illuminating even the space around them with a ruby glow. This brand of wisdom-singing almost borders on the mythic.’
– The New York Times
Lizz Wright • Vocals
Kenny Banks Sr. • Piano, Organ
Martin Kolarides • Guitar
Nic D’Amato • Bass
Ivan Edwards • Drums
Published on 6 November 2018