Arcticle initially posted on my Facebook page, The Acoustic Corner.
Photos by Mathilde Lacazette.
Gaëlle Buswel is a French promising artist, that some people could call a new talent. There is no doubt she's got talent indeed. Also, as she hasn't been put forward in main media yet, it could be quite obvious to assume she would be new. However, the truth is that she is not that new. Actually, Gaëlle Buswel would rather be a long-time performing artist, who has built up a solid stage experience over a decade. In summer 2011, she also made up her debut album, Yesterday's Shadow, produced on her own with the help of American bluesman Neal Black. In a way, for the past 10 years, stage has been the core of Gaëlle Buswel's activity, making her a live performer, an charismatic entertainer and a foolproof musician. Therfore, if you don't know Gaëlle Buswel, have never heard of her or her music, go and attend a gig of hers : stage is her favorite place, definitely.
In late January, I had the opportunity to see Gaëlle Buswel live for the first time. It was in Blois, Loire Valley, at the prestigious All That Jazz music hall. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't a full show of hers : just a 20-short-minute performance, backed up by guitarist Patrice Bui, as she was actually supporting Nina Attal there. A short gig, but she really blew the audience away and gained a large ovation already. I really enjoyed her performance that night, and I was then eagerly looking forward to attending a full show of hers in the long run.
I didn't have to wait that long as Gaëlle Buswel was back to Blois on March 16 . After her first sold-out concert at L'Azile in La Rochelle (see photos), she came to Le Velvet Jazz Lounge, in the old city of Blois. Now she's started her tour in France, she has her band with her, featuring Michaal Benjelloun and William Atzel on guitars, and Jimmy Montout on percussions. And of course, this time I was glad to attend a full show!
On stage, Gaëlle Buswel runs an energic, acoustic show with her musicians. Their gear is made up with electro-acoustic guitars and percussions. But Gaëlle's main asset should be her incredible voice. All these ingredients, added to a large bunch of very good, efficient songs of her own, catch up and lead the audience to a tremendous show. Besides her strong stage experience, Gaëlle Buswel is also a songwriter. And stage is the ideal place for her to put her songs forward and bring them to the audience in an strong, moving and authentic way. The acoustic setup of the band allows then a sort of closer, intimistic relation towards the audience. Gaëlle plays music mingling various genres such as folk, blues or pop, which is perfectly carried out with an acoustic combo. The studio arrangements on her album are acoustic already, but Gaëlle Buswel's original songs have got somewhat a second life on stage. And this is the key of a great show. Gaëlle and her band bring live, revisited versions of the original songs to the ones who have already got the album, and take the newcomers on a journey to discover her musical world.
Feeling home, with no distance between you and her on stage should be another trademark of Gaëlle Buswel's, definitely. Beyond good songs and performance, she reaches out for the audience, inviting people to contribute and sing along with her. Some could think it's a classic of entertainment for a singer. Maybe, but with Gaëlle Buswel, it is not fake at all : she does this way just because she does want to share her music with people around. It is definately not a one-way show, it'd rather be a sort of musical dialogue between an artist and the audience attending. After all, that's what music is all about, isn't it?
Thanks to Gaëlle, Michaal, William and Jimmy for their awsome gig, and for taking a little bit of their time to have a talk after the show. See you again for sure someday, somewhere!
And thanks also to Mathilde Lacazette for allowing me to illustrate this article with a few photos of hers.