• Music


By Rufus Wainwright

United States | Canadá

  • English
  • 45 minutes
  • General Audience

The Canadian singer-songwriter runs through his repertoire via streaming in this opportunity to enjoy his vocals and piano playing from the comfort of your own home.

Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright usually posts videos on Youtube of him playing the piano at his home in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles under the hashtags #RobeRecitals and #MusicalMondays. As of March 17, when the country went into lockdown as a result of the pandemic, he started running through his repertoire in a series he named #Quarantunes, one song a day for 60 days until May 16. A selection of these sessions will be shown via streaming, as well as a conversation with the Chilean audience, which saw him live for the first and last time in 2013.

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Voice and piano: Rufus Wainwright.

Rufus Wainwright


The prodigy from the north

Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality”, he’s consolidated himself as one of the greatest vocalists and composers of his generation. Born in New York and raised in Montreal, this singer-songwriter has released seven studio albums to date, as well as three DVDs and three live albums, including Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, nominated for a Grammy. He has collaborated with artists like Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Robert Wilson, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, the Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Sting, as well as producer Mark Ronson. His last album, Unfollow The Rules, which was his first record of original songs for eight years, was released to critical acclaim.

“It's a blessing to have him back as himself, all baroque grandiosity, tortured, sardonic poetry and disdainful vocals”.

The Guardian

“As with Wainwright’s best works (like his last album), it’s musical theater without the theater and it comes with all of the good and bad that comes with stage drama”.

Rolling Stone

“Starting with his 1998 debut album, he crafted an instantly recognizable sound mixing orchestral arrangements and wryly self-deprecating lyrics”.

Mother Jones magazine

—His shows are theatrical and have vaudeville touches. His 2017 performance of Judy Garland’s famous 1961 recital at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan is already legendary. During lockdown, his home videos continued to reflect his specific way of doing things and his characteristic sense of humor – even when he was only wearing a dressing gown, he was still a star!

—Although he performs self-written songs like Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk or The Art Teacher, he also includes some great covers, including perhaps what are the best versions of Leonard Cohen’s classics. Most people probably know his haunting version of Hallelujah on the piano better than the ceremonial-sounding original.

—The raw combination of voice and piano - with no band behind him - captures his essence in a nutshell. It’s a concentrated version of Rufus, a combination of his tone, silences and songs that those who went to his one and only concert in Chile in 2013 will recognize.

The Wainwrights: The head of this talented family is Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus’ father and one of the alpha males of country music. He left his mother, Canadian singer Kate McGarrigle, when Rufus was three years old and Martha, his younger sister, was still in diapers. For a long time, Loudon didn’t accept his son’s carefree sexuality or the fact that his talent was far superior to that of anyone else in the family. Their troubles are reflected in songs such as Dinner at Eight by Rufus or the fierce Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole by Martha. After the death of their mother in 2010, they supposedly reconciled with their father although, with this family, you just never know.

His operas: At some point in 2009, aged 36, Rufus decided to take a step back from his highly successful career with five acclaimed albums to put on Prima Donna, an opera in French, which received mixed reviews. This didn’t stop him from writing a second though, based on the story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, his male lover, which was premiered in Toronto on October 13, 2018.

—Watch the documentary Unmaking Unfollow The Rules, directed by Jeff Richter, which tells the story of how his latest album was made.

—Listen to the final song of #Quarentunes, Hard times, which he performed with his family when they were all back together under one roof.

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