The Irish artist has exhibited at the Carlo Felice colours of compatriot Liam Brady
Elvis Costello, applause and whistles
Concert gorgeous, unique "neo" the shirt of Sampdoria
GENOA . The only whistles of disapproval on Thursday evening, at the Carlo Felice, Elvis Costello took them when, almost at the end of long and fascinating concert, however, he proudly exhibited a no. 10 jersey of Sampdoria. Fellow of the unforgettable Liam Brady, believed to please the public (less numerous than was expected). The audience, however, was to be in the majority if the red and blue protests (nice, of course) have exceeded the applause of approval.
Wonderful evening, no doubt, that fell nell'articolatissimo billboard Jazz Theatre. Costello appeared with the pianist and composer Steve Nieve with whom he is touring for the first time in Italy, this original show as a duo, an anthology of his hits and songs from the last album ' All this useless beauty."
Open, communicative, Costello is fine and eclectic artist . He sings with taste and sensitivity, has full voice and ductile (it showed in the final giving up the microphone and giving a piece of great emotion), his guitar is okay but sought in the sounds and harmonies.
Strange duo, that between a guitar and a piano. Yet Costello and Nieve give birth to rare atmospheres for melting of stamps and colourings. Nieve uses the keyboard to complete alternating attitudes percussive touch to a remarkable softness.
The result is a musical that has the merit of elegance and above all the variety. Costello is a minstrel who knows how to combine tradition with modernity, who can be present without giving up a melodic ancient flavour, popular.
It's, again, ironic that a musician knows how to have fun and enjoy playing with the lyrics, giving portraits, images, sound different, but never banal and predictable. A nearly two-hour show. The music flowed Elvis Costello at the Carlo Felice unabated, soon interrupted by brief, colourful work of the artist who talked to a table behind him, drank from time to time from two different glasses: one water in the other (the preferred one) a very special tea with honey (a brand not to be found here) that the wings are arranged to keep suitably warm.
About twenty songs were presented. We quote, " Veronica ", "The Long Honeymoon", "Temptation", "Almost Blue", "Poor fractured", "Accident will happen", to which must be added pages written by the same Nieve and friend Bacharach.
Costello began with some songs for solo voice and piano, in a extremely suggestive lieder. Then he added the guitar. Almost in the dark, with a simple "flashlight" to illuminate the ceiling above his head, he then played three or four pieces accompanied only by his stringed instrument.
Finally, the duo again instrumental part for the varied and conclusive. Audience spellbound, with a final prolonged cheers.