Saturday 22 November 2008
Buika at the Komedia
Wed 19 Nov
A glorious performance, a full set of coplas and boleros, some older, some newer, giving the songs the full melodramatic treatment intrinsic to these genres. She sang with just piano and drums, and the line-up and the cabaret ambiance suited her music much better than the full-on band and big theatre setting we saw at Sadlers Wells in March. Here her voice could be highlighted without having to dominate an over-amplified band, as at SW, and she could give full rein to her wide range of expression and volume. And what a range! She is unique in bringing a genuine jazz sensitivity into Spanish song.
See her web-site for info and clips; there's also loads on YouTube. And my little Flickr set has been picked up by her fans' blog . . .