Piaf Remembered

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Last Show: Sunday 4 th November 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Jungmann Productions presents Piaf Remembered. This intimate musical cabaret includes many of Piaf’s timeless classics, sung in French by the renowned jazz and cabaret singer Oriana Curls. Meet a man who shares his memories of Edith Piaf’s final emotional performance at the Olympia Music Hall Paris in 1962 that he attended as a child, and which led him to become a lifelong fan. Written and directed by Gary Merry, featuring the sweeping vocals of Oriana Curls, with Chris Jerome on piano, Katy Jungmann on clarinet, saxophone and accordion, this show is a must for fans of jazz, chanson, and theatre.

''Oriana is an incredible performer''

The Southside Advertiser

Piaf Remembered is an intimate musical cabaret featuring many of Edith Piaf’s timeless classics including Padam Padam, Dans Ma Rue, La Vie En Rose, and the heart-tugging Hymne A L’amour. Making its debut to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival in 2017, this is a unique mixture of spoken word and French song.

Piaf looms very large in the collective memories of the French public. She is both an icon, and a representative of a very romantic 'back & white' age. Piaf particularly holds sway in the memory of an older generation in many countries, but has a huge number of fans in all age groups. Even those born long after her heyday know of her, her glorious music, her troubled life, and her untimely death. Her music lives on in her records, film, and in the memories of those who saw her perform.

Piaf Remembered evokes Piaf as a performer through the memories of a man who as a boy witnessed what was to be her last performance at the Olympia Paris Music Hall in 1962 - a place where she had many triumphs. We see and hear Piaf perform through his eyes and ears.

The show features the stunning vocals of the renowned French born jazz and cabaret singer Oriana Curls, with multi-instrumentalist Katy Jungmann on saxophone, accordion and clarinet, Chris Jerome on piano, and Gary Merry who both wrote the script and directed the production, acting as the narrator.

As one reviewer put it: “Oriana is an incredible performer in her own right, and these performance skills are finely tuned in her portrayal of Edith Piaf. What separates Oriana from the many, many singers of Edith Piaf songs out there is that she is one of the few who instinctively understands that these songs are not just words to be sung, but stories of life full of emotion, heartache and joy. These songs are some of the greatest ever written and it is almost like each has its own life and soul and the singer the storyteller, and the words and music of the songs themselves take over and tell their own story. It takes a special performer to do that, and Oriana Curls is such a performer.”

 www.piafremembered.co.uk

Oriana Curls (vocals)

Garry Merry (spoken word)

Chris Jerome (piano)

Katy Jungmann (saxophone/clarinet/accordion)