Q&A Scene: Paul Capsis

Tell us about your new show?
I’m singing a real mixture of material. We are covering a vast terrain and it’s a great stretch for me vocally. I’m singing with a brilliant group of musicians. Songs by a lot of famous women singers: Lana Del Ray, Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Patti Smith… I’ve been singing chick songs since time began, long before the gender binary thing became so fashionable.

Oh and there are songs by famous dudes too.

What’s your favourite work that you’ve done at this point in time?
In thirty six years of work that’s a big question to answer. I’m one of the lucky ones in that I’ve had remarkable opportunities thrown my way and I haven’t had the burden of fame to deal with. My work with Barrie Kosky, working on the feature film Head On. Playing Malta arts festival last year, doing my play about my Maltese grandmother Angela there in Malta- that was a highlight. Mostly though I’d say playing the MC in Cabaret last year!

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I was on stage in Lismore and I was channelling Judy Garland and I felt her presence onstage and she wasn’t happy with me doing her or trying to be her and this disturbed me.

What, or who, inspires you?
What inspires me are people who are real and not afraid to speak their truth, never hurtful, always direct and frank but never mean: Miriam Margolyes inspires me.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Perfect Day by Lou Reed

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 
My sound in food form would be a pineapple- pointy, sharp and scratchy.

What’s next for you?
Three giant nights at the Memo Hall in St Kilda with a quality live band singing a bunch of great songs and after that having a lay down and a good cry.

What’s your scene? 
My scene is hanging with clever people and having real conversations with close friends  but quality time alone to restore my tired batteries is a must.

Paul Capsis Live at MEMO Music Hall

Three exclusive shows 22-24 June
With Guest Nick Batterham
Fresh from crawling out of the ancient skin of Quentin Crisp, multi-award winning Australian performer Paul Capsis returns to what he loves doing best singing tunes in an exclusive three-night season at MEMO Music Hall St Kilda.

He brings together some of Melbourne’s best musicians under the leadership of Jethro Woodward to present a rock n roll Gothic romp, trawling the dark lyrics of Patti Smith, Tom Waites, Sony Bono, Lou Reed, Lana Del Ray, Skyhooks, The Doors, Eurythmics, The Suicide and songs made famous by Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez and Ike and Tina Turner.

Revisiting songs from musical theatre shows in which Capsis recently starred – Cabaret and The Black Rider plus some unearthed gems…..
These songs are remade and delivered in Capsis’ own unique style: a blend of gender bending scorching torch rock n roll. These shows are a strictly limited season at one of Melbourne’s best live venues.

Capsis up close and personal with a kick arse live band.

Music Director Jethro Woodward has put together a new band for the show The Fitzroy Youth Orchestra (ahem their tongue is firmly planted in their cheeks)
MD/Band Leader: Jethro Woodward, also playing keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano and drum machine/loops (15 year member of Cordazine)
Dan Witton: Double Bass and piano
Nicholas Murray: Electric guitar
Ralph Rehak: Drums

Dates: 22-24 June
Times: Doors 7.30pm 22 & 23 June, 2pm 24 June
Tickets: Premium Reserved Seating: $50+bf, A-Reserved Seating: $45+bf, General Admission: $30+bf & $35 at the door (if available) at www.memomusichall.com.au
Venue: MEMO Music Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda

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