LHASA TO RELEASE LIVE IN REYKJAVIK ON DECEMBER 1st
MONTREAL SHOW ON DECEMBER 16TH
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Toronto, ON – November 2, 2017 – Shortly after the release of Lhasa, her third album, Lhasa de Sela and her musicians flew to Iceland to participate in the Reykjavik Arts Festival and give two concerts; on May 23rd and 24th, 2009. The Live in Reykjavik disc presents 14 songs performed for this occasion.
Accompanied on stage by Joe Grass on guitars and pedal steel, Miles Perkin on bass, Andrew Barr on drums and Sarah Pagé on harp, Lhasa played several titles from the self-titled album, revisited versions of songs from La Llorona and The Living Road, as well as a haunting revival of Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come.
Before an attentive and enraptured audience, Lhasa and her musicians gave a nuanced performance. Miles Perkin recalls the feelings that inhabited the members of the group then, who were far from suspecting that this was one of her last public performances, “Lhasa used to say that we were all singing, but she was the one with the mouth. On this occasion, I remember the breathing more than anything. It felt like the five of us were breathing together, and it felt like we were floating on something out of our control. Like a rolling tide. Each breath in that moment felt like it was precious. These were our first steps as a band, and I didn’t think for a moment that those breaths would be our last.”
A tribute concert celebrating Lhasa de Sela, and marking the 20th anniversary of La Llorona, will be presented December 16th at MTELUS in Montreal. For this occasion, the musicians who were part of this cult album’s tour have agreed to reunite. Guitarist and composer Yves Desrosiers, bassist Mario Légaré, accordionist Didier Dumoutier and drummer François Lalonde, will perform the album’s songs, which they have not done for over 15 years. Joe Grass will round out the group on pedal steel.
Artists participating in this one-night concert include Marie-Pierre Arthur, Betty Bonifassi, Ariel Engle, Fred Fortin, Camellia Jordana, Plants and Animals, Amparo Sanchez and Patrick Watson.
Tickets for the Montreal show are on sale now.