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posted Friday, August 20, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 34
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Touring Rufus Wainwright not slowing down

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Rufus Wainwright
August 25
Paramount Theatre


Rufus Wainwright is not familiar with the term 'take a break.' The acclaimed singer-songwriter is a nonstop music machine, touring when not recording and writing operas when not doing either - all this aside from giving Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall performance a whole new spin. Wainwright's latest recording, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, is a bare-bones effort in contrast to his grand orchestral arrangements and the use of multiple instruments; it's simply a piano and his vocals. The Canadian singer-songwriter will introduce Seattle fans to fresh material with a live appearance at the Paramount Theatre on August 25 - visit www.stgpresents.org for ticket information. I caught up with openly Gay artist on a rehearsal break in New York, and this is what the contemporary maestro Rufus Wainwright had to say when he stepped into 'The Music Lounge.'

Albert Rodriguez: Thanks for bringing this tour through Seattle. You're not doing many dates for it, at least in North America.

Rufus Wainwright: Well, I'm doing the usual slog of the major cities. But no, it's not an in-depth tour.

Rodriguez: You always include Seattle, and that's a good thing.

Wainwright: You gotta hit the corners. [Laughs.] You gotta clean the corners, as they say.

Rodriguez: In relation to this tour, are you only doing music from the new album?

Wainwright: The show is in two halves. The first half is the new album performed as a song cycle, meaning that I will request for no applause in between songs - I want to present it as a whole piece. Along with that, I have an amazing outfit by my friend Zaldy, who did costumes for Lady GaGa. And also I have a beautiful film by Douglas Gordon, who's an incredible visual artist - it's very dark, morose, artistic, experimental, and so forth. That's the first half of the show. Then in the second half I come out and sing all the old favorites and we kick up our heels, have a fun time. And since my sister [Martha Wainwright] is touring with me, we'll probably sing together, as well. It's a really night and day, day and night, yin and yang experience.

Rodriguez: In the second half, will you do a varied set list from city to city?

Wainwright: Um, it depends. I'll switch it up sometimes, and other times I'll do the same set I did the night before. It really, really depends on how I'm feeling and how my voice is.

Rodriguez: The new album is definitely more of a stripped-down project - basically you and a piano. Did you always have this album in the back of your mind?

Wainwright: I did. I relied heavily on my solo piano voice work over the years. In between these huge projects and tours, I've always had to eek out a living alone. It's been a significant part of my career that I felt needed at some point to be presented properly, so it had been on my mind for a long time. But what is most apparent with this album is that it could only exist successfully or have great meaning if it happened at an intense time of my life, which has been, of course, with the death of my mother. It has to mean something deeper than just putting out a piano voice record.

Rodriguez: Your opera, Prima Donna. Will it rotate to different cities or will it be retired soon?

Wainwright: There will be a big announcement this year, hopefully, for some other dates into the major cities. I can't get too much into it because we're hammering out contracts. I don't think it'll ever join the ranks of the great operas of our time because it's my first opera and it'll take a while before I'm up there with the ABCs - Aidas, Bohemes, and Carmens - but on the other hand, it's made quite a splash, and I know singers and orchestras love to perform it. So it'll be around for a while.

Rodriguez: You have a connection to Berlin on this album, which is becoming a hub for artists. What was your personal experience in that city?

Wainwright: I was just touring Europe for four months and a lot of my time was spent in and around Berlin, mainly because we have a lot of friends there - my boyfriend and I - and I've done a lot of work there in the theatre, so Berlin is a hub. There's a certain pace and a kind of civility and joie de vivre in Europe that is missing in America at times, especially with the urban life in America. People just live better over there, and it raised a lot of questions for me coming back.

Rodriguez: For anyone who's bought that first guitar and is sitting down to write some songs, possibly considering a music career, do you have any advice on how to get started?

Wainwright: It's guaranteed to take you 10 years, at least, to get your foot in the door. [Laughs.] From that first song to that first album that you're happy with, it's going to take about 10 years - and that doesn't include college, either. Once you're out in the work force, it takes a good 10 years, and you really have to perform as much as possible in front of an audience. You gotta go out there and torture yourself, basically.

Rodriguez: Final question: It's summertime, it's hot. Any advice on how the Gay boys can cool off?

Wainwright: With xTube and air conditioning, there are options. [Laughs.] But I prefer the beach. I'm old-fashioned.

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