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The link that was missing
Written by Alessandra Frontini   

ImageFinally she’s arriving, without accompanying musicians, without cymbals, without special effects, without any kind of props to “prop her up”.

 

Carmen Consoli, the nude queen, frank and iridescent, with her proud expression, with her hundred names: the hundreds of eyes which gaze at her in wonder know that they are beholding the one and only true “Cantantessa”.


ImageBorn in Catania, Sicily, the daughter of an excellent bluesman, Carmen has a way of embracing the guitar; according to her mood of the moment, she lets loose cool crystalline tones or sensuous jazz. In her live solo performances, Carmen’s fingers seem to be imbued with the virtuosity of an Andalusian spirit. She hugs her guitar as if it were a protecting shield. Her soul ventures forth, along the walls, among the spectators. Her fingers seem to be tapping on a tambourine. The members of the audience joyfully sing along with Carmen. The “Cantantessa”, when she sings, frequently and suddenly changes the intensity of her voice, which is powerful and resonant. She choses whether to let it emerge from the thorax, the diaphragm or the trachea.

 

She can produce sounds which are sharp or profound, full or delicately clear; so versatile is her talent that she moves easily from one type of music to another, even pure rock in the style of the well-loved Janis Joplin.

 

Carmen can seem desperate, confused, angry, forlorn and abandoned; but she is also capable of glacial sentiments such as: “It would be easy to reply to you/that you can take everything you want/but you’ve just taken away a bit of silence/You’ve only wasted/your precious breath…”. But the real gift of Carmen Consoli, that star with fire in her veins, is her ability to depict inner panoramas in a few words carved with a scalpel: stark, absolute. Perhaps it is for this reason that the public, especially the females, spasmodically adore this petite, half-hysteric woman.

 

Carmen Consoli
9 May Teatro Toniolo-Mestre (Ve)
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