© Lisa Bregneager

Michelle Gurevich

support: Johannes Is Zijn Naam
21.05 20:00 - 23:00
  • Sat 21.05
    20:00 - 23:00
    BALZAAL
    Past event

Epic slowcore in soulful contralto

The Canadian-Russian artist Michelle Gurevich manoeuvres between grandiose retro and slowcore lofi pop. Strewn with fatalistic lyrics, her songs are at once tragicomic and rich in melody. With her characteristic contralto vocal range, she combines humour with dark realism in sultry, intimate ballads. 

Gurevich first made her mark with 'Party Girl', which would go on to become her calling card. Now, with her sixth album, 'Ecstasy in the Shadow of Ecstasy', we're treated to more in this vein: heartfelt drama, lyrics about longing and loss, and a voice that immediately takes up residence in your soul. A kind of female Leonard Cohen, but with more edge. Don’t miss her first ever show on Belgian soil!

Gurevich recorded 'Party Girl' in her bedroom, but soon found her way to the country of her ancestors: her songs were being played on the yachts of Russian billionaires and as ringtones on the phones of Ukrainian mothers. After that, she remained extremely popular in Eastern Europe and among the East European diaspora, in the Berlin queer scene and with anyone who can appreciate the melodrama of Charles Aznavour, Nino Rota or Nikolai Slichenko.

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Part of
GIF

PRACTICAL

Tue 25.01 - 21:30 (doors) Balzaal De Vooruit
MUSIC / pop
€21 / 18 (presale)

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© Lisa Bregneager

Credits

in the frame of GIF, a collaboration between Voo?uit, CAMPO, KOPERGIETERY, NTGent, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen & S.M.A.K.