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Grammy-winning pianist and singer
Diana Krall will bring her sultry sounds
to the Barossa Valley next year for a
concert with Madeleine Peyroux and Melody
Gardot as part of the A Day on The Green
It s five years since Krall last toured Down
Under, and in that time she has given birth to
twin boys, released four albums, produced and
performed on Barbra Streisand s new album,
and toured extensively across the US, Europe
Here, she talks about her 12th and latest
album, Quiet Nights.
Q. Not only from the title but from the
whole atmosphere of this album, you have
to assume it s a record for the late-night
A. You gotta play it late at night -- it definitely
has to be late night in your car or at home. It s
not swinging jazz ... it just creates a mood that
is really cool, I think.
Q. Which singer could have been an
influence on this album?
A. Julie London. There s one album that to
me is just like the sexy, sensual, womanly,
grown-up record. And I started listening to her
before I was doing this record. I always loved
her with "Cry Me a River", but I think "You re
My Thrill", especially, is coming from that
Q. Isn t it surprising you find so many
songs that reflect your own emotions?
A. That s what I ve always done my whole life.
And I m thankful that you understand that
because some people don t.
They ask: "Why don t you write your own
songs?" And: "These are covers -- are you too
lazy to write?"
Q. What was it like singing "The Boy From
A. I ve always struggled to sing in different
languages ... but for some reason singing in
Portuguese has really clicked with me.
The audience is really different there. If you
listen to Caetano Veloso or other live record-
ings of Brazilian audiences, they sing along.
I was singing in English and then the
orchestra played "Quiet Nights" and I said:
"Please, sing with me in Portuguese." And they
It feels like people singing in church to the
orchestra and it s just this big collective experi-
ence. I ve never experienced that anywhere
else except Brazil.
Q. How much are you involved in working
in the arrangements?
A. I m not the singer outside of the band,
telling the band what to do. I m in it and I m
trying to figure it out.
Most of these tracks I did on this record were
one or two takes because I didn t wanna mess
with it cause they were so honest and so real
that the more takes you start doing the more
the soul goes out of it. I like to keep mistakes in
rather than lose the magic of the take.
Q. With this album it feels like the singer
is more in the limelight than the piano
A. Yes, but don t be fooled by that because my
piano playing is essential on it and to the mood
that I like to create within my band.
Because I play so sparsely, and especially on
a single note bossa nova, I m really careful to
play what I m playing.
Q. In "Quiet Nights" there s this line "Life
is a bitter tragic joke". Have you ever had
that feeling in your life?
A. Sure, but not to that extreme. But I think
"Quiet Nights" is autobiographical of where I
am right now because I picture myself coming
over the bridge from the airport in Vancouver,
and the mountains and the sea -- how lovely.
This is where I want to be.
There s been some tragedy in my family,
including the loss of my mother -- I was really
devastated. But then since I have had my
children, everything kind of mellowed out.
I became really happy and with this record
I m just so relaxed.
Q. So is the album like a snapshot of what
is going in your life right now?
A. Yes, and I think what s gonna become very
interesting for me now is when I tour.
After falling down an abyss in the last page of
The Six Sacred Stones, Jack West junior is back
in Matthew Reilly s epic novel The Five Greatest
With an adventure story and a writer of
Reilly s reputation, the reader has high expecta-
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Jack West adventure, a
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Jack s quest for the
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For readers who enjoy pure adventure, impos-
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Shelda Rathmann teaches English at
Eynesbury Senior College.
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Sultry sounds return to SA
I m touring with orchestr
some gigs with a quartet. I
forward to the orchestra sh
play "Do It Again" from "W
Your Eyes"; I can play "The
want to. I can play "Let s Fa
play "Quiet Nights", I can p
number and I can play a Na
Albums are very differen
performance. And a live rec
different. I also have bigger
now, so that every night bec
Q. And how much did you
since you have become a
A. I m much more patient n
much more self-accepting o
as an artist and what I love
And I m not trying to do a
but just make a beautiful re
that I find is somewhat
in my imagination of
Q. Do you consider
yourself a late-night
A. Yeah -- but when I m
on tour I start working
early. I like to stay up late
and I like to sleep late.
My children, they re
two years old and they re
kinda more late night
too. Some people put their
kids to bed at 7.30 but I
wanna see my children.
So they hang out with us
and then they sleep late.
So that way we all get some
Q. Did you enjoy Brazil?
A. I liked being in Brazil
this time -- Ipanema
Beach and everything.
The only thing I feel
sad about is that next
time I need to take
my husband and my
children there. There s
just too much; too busy.
But there s time.
Q. It s not the first
time that you have
chosen Brazilian songs.
What do you like about
A. It s just a different way
of expressing myself. I
always loved Brazilian
music; I always loved
Sergio Mendez, and Joao
Gilberto is one of my
Diana Krall will
perform at Peter Lehmann
Wines in the Barossa
Valley on February 27.
ras, and I m doing
m really looking
hows because I can
When I Look Into
all in Love", I can
play a quartet
cord is totally
now, I m
Albums are very
different to a live
performance. And a live
record is totally different. I
also have bigger repertoire
now, so that every night
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