Rory Lavelle is a Canadian singer-songwriter currently based in Berlin. His lyrical piano ballads have evoked comparisons to 70s troubadours like Randy Newman and Tom Waits, while his politically charged lyrics puts him squarely in the tradition of pop radicals like John Lennon and Bob Marley.
His debut EP ‘Just Watch TV and Worry’ was released on November 8th, 2016, on the eve of Trump’s election. 2017 saw the release of the ‘Cassini’ EP, a space-themed psychedelic song cycle about our precarious planetary situation.
His latest effort, the 12-song LP ‘CUL-DE-SAC’, was recorded at Berlin’s renowned Funkhaus studios, and marks his first release since moving to Berlin a year ago. “My motto for this record was taped to the wall of my home studio while I was writing the songs,” he says. “It’s a fragment of a poem I wrote, and it came to seem like a mission statement: ‘Articulating, in a single breath, / the hopelessness of our predicament / and the certainty of our escape.’
The whole movement of the album is from kind of a bleak outlook on Side A toward something more hopeful on Side B. I hope I managed to somehow enact that movement on this album.” The record is his most eclectic offering yet, incorporating elements of R&B, Soul and Gospel, in addition to the piano ballads he’s become known for.
This performance will be an intimate solo set, with Rory Lavelle on piano and vocals.
(Photo: Sal Patel)
Tuesday 29th January 2019 | Starts 20:30 CET
Donau115 | Donaustraße 115 | 12043 Berlin-Neukölln
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