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Rufus Wainwright

Recorded Apr. 25, 2015



Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has
established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters and composers of his generation.  He has recorded seven albums of original music and numerous tracks on compilations and film soundtracks. He has also written a classical opera and set Shakespeare sonnets to music for a theater piece by Robert Wilson.

Rufus Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer with an incredible tenor singing voice. He plays piano and guitar, often switching between the two instruments when performing live. While some songs feature just Wainwright and his piano, his later work is often accompanied by rock instrumentation or a symphony orchestra, displaying complex layering and harmonies with an operatic feel. Wainwright is an opera enthusiast and likes Franz Schubert’s lieder. Wainwright’s music has been described as “popera” (pop opera) or “baroque pop”. Many of his compositions are densely packed amalgams of strings, horns, operatic choruses, and ragtime rhythms, with a warm vocal timbre.

Rufus Wainwright won two JUNO AWARDS for Best Alternative Album, one in 1999 for Rufus Wainwright and one in 2002 for Poses. At the age of 15, in 1989, he was nominated for a Genie Award for Best Original Song. A year later he received a nomination for a Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist. He was also nominated for a BRIT Award for Best International Male Artist in 2008 and a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2009.

Rufus is the son of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the older brother of singer Martha Wainwright.

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Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one his generation’s great musical artists. This intimate solo performance, recorded live at the Belly Up in 2015, showcases a multitude of hits like, ‘Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk’, ‘Grey Gardens’, and his critically-acclaimed rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Wainwright sings and plays piano beautifully, and then, halfway through the show, switches to the acoustic guitar to showcase another facet of his artistry, which reveals itself fully over the course of this almost 20-song set.

Run Time: Approx. 81 Minutes
File Size: Approx. 145MB

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