Sarah Ferri / Ancienne Belgique


Sarah Ferri / Ancienne Belgique, 7 octobre 2016 20:00, Ancienne Belgique – AB

Sarah Ferri

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Fusion of piano pop, R&B and ’60-’70s soul-jazz

Sarah Ferri grew up in a warm Belgian-Italian nest. She was fascinated by the unique vocal style of such songbirds as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and started writing highly individual and creative songs of her own. Their dark, fairytale tone was gradually influenced by the stark honesty of seventies folk and the sunny gipsy swing of the fifties.

Sarah was first caught on the radar when she won the Young Wolves music contest during the Ghent Festival in 2008. During a concert at The Music Village, Sarah Ferri was noticed by a scout from the Ancienne Belgique and was invited to take part in the Artist in Residence project.

Sarah has been the support act for Michael Kiwanuka, Caro Emerald, Simply Red and Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

In 2012 her debut CD, ‘Ferritales’, came out. It was produced by Koen Gisen and mastered by Tim Young at the Metropolis studio in London.

Her first single, ‘On My Own’ was enthusiastically received and was followed by ‘The Man Who Was Bored’, ‘Dancing at the Supermarket’ and ‘Were You There?’.

In December 2012 she was nominated in the ‘Solo Female Artist’ category at the MIAs.

This was followed by extensive touring in Belgium and abroad from 2012 to 2015. After appearances at the Eurosonic and Reeperbahn festivals, the album was also issued in the Netherlands and GAS (Germany/Austria/Switzerland).

In the meantime Sarah started work on her next album.

“Displeasure” will be issued in the BENELUX & GAS on 23 September 2016. It is in sharp contrast to the sunny swinging jazz of the first album. Her inspiration came from a darker, more melancholy world, for which Sarah put her lower vocal register to good use. The songs are set against a film-like backdrop.

Using a midi keyboard, she composed opulent orchestrations with strings, tympani and choruses. This approach shows the influence of Ennio Morricone, Louis Bacalov, George Gershwin, Ray Ellis and James Newton Howard.

The songs themselves are a fusion of piano pop, R&B and the soul jazz of the 1960s and ‘70s. There is also some light flirting with subtle electronics and beats from the 1980s.

Koen Gisen was once again asked to produce and Frederik Dejongh did the mastering.

What the press says:

De Standaard
“All the insiders tip Sarah Ferri as one of the big revelations of the year.”

Het Nieuwsblad
“Sarah Ferri, we are entering your name officially in the register of the recent surge of lady performers – in golden ink.”

Knack Focus, 11 April 2012 – CD top 5
“On My Own and The Man Who Was Bored put her straight into Vaya Con Dios territory, but it doesn’t end there: Were You There, emerging subtly from gospel ballad to elegant piano waltz, and the flair of old Paris in Springair, for example, or the playful way such musical antiquities as ragtime and Dixieland are perfectly reconciled with pure pop melodies in The Jump and Dancing At The Supermarket. Our compliments on an excellent and valiant debut.” (***)

Radio 1
“Undeniable talented, Sarah Ferri. What a voice! That’s what we call timeless class. Undeniable talent, I tell you!”

HUMO, 16 April 2012
“What we remember is that we have not heard a better, more powerful, more versatile voice in our country this year. Not even on VTM.” (fvd)

Fuldaer Zeitung
“Timeless gems’.” – Anke Zimmer

Aachener Nachriten
“An utterly charming record!’ … ‘A fruity, well-spiced cocktail, which – even with the delay – is very agreeably digestible and bears repeated listening.” (AH)

Het Nieuwsblad, 24 April 2012
“Sarah Ferri is selling talent at the Vooruit.” – Stijn Geldof, 9 January 2013
“The versatile singer Sarah Ferri has made a powerful debut with ‘Ferritales’.” (8)


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Sarah Ferri / Ancienne Belgique was last modified: août 4th, 2016 by Rennes
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