His voice. A piano. That's all there is to it. You can count on the fingers of two hands the number of shows that Isabelle Boulay has presented to the public in this intimate, unadorned format. A "hushed setting" in which the singer revisits the pieces that have, in a way, influenced her destiny
"It's very rare that I do a piano-vocal. It's rare because of its very intimate side, yes, but also because of the repertoire I chose. It's a show I've been thinking about for a long time and it's the songs that made me want to become a performer. I'm not rehashing all the songs that got me into this business, but it kind of draws the 'character traits' of why I got into it."
"With this show, I feel like I was back in the beginning, when I was 17 or 18, and I was doing realist songs. I was more in this movement of great songs with lyrics like Edith Piaf, Monique Leyrac, Juliette Gréco, Serge Reggiani, Pauline Julien or Louise Forestier, who influenced me a lot
"It's like a gift to go back to my roots as a creator. It brings me back to myself in front of my work. It's more perilous to do a piano-vocal than with several musicians, because everything is seen and heard. We are in a state of vulnerability. I realized that there are songs for which you can only be the audience and never the performer. I love Ginette Reno, but I can't sing her songs. I feel like some things belong only to her, so I feel like I'm stealing something from her!"
"Yes, I am a vocalist," she continues, "but it's the songs and the love I have for them that make my voice work for those songs or not. I don't have a voice that can embrace everything. I am capable of rendering them, but I know in my heart that I don't always have all the conditions to sing them. I've always had an instinct for that."
Source: Isabel Authier
La Voix de l'Est