Wed, 17 February 2021

20H30 - (Doors: 19H30)

Alhambra Room, Geneva

The French-loving singer and the brains behind the folk pop outfit This is The Kit, Kate Stables is as delicate and sensitive as her talent shows.

Extraordinary singer, Kate Stables aka This is The Kit travels from Bristol to Paris and back, banjo or guitar in hand, constructing her classy, sublime and discrete folk work. Her heavenly singing, in line with England’s pure folk tradition, transcends wonderfully subtle compositions, in turn refined (banjo/voice) or deliciously complex, integrating brass, contagious groove and quasi-psychedelic folk mantras. For nearly 15 years the Brit has been wandering around with her humble smile and her cheeky talent, honing her art through albums produced in turn by John Parish or Aaron Dressner of The National (with whom she tours and collaborates), delivering pearls of wisdom and tenderness in vibrant compositions that reveal influences ranging from Sandy Denny to Beth Orton or Robert Wyatt, via Sufjan Stevens. Her latest album Off Off On (2020) confirms, if proof were needed, that Stables is one of the most original and gifted artists of her generation.

Alhambra Room, Geneva

Built between 1918 and 1920 by architect Paul Perrin, this film theatre, originally called Omnia, boasted the country’s first sound cinema installation as early as 1928. It also hosted numerous shows and concerts. Premonitory! Unfortunately, this cosy venue was destined to be demolished to make way for a car park… But, phew! classified as a historical monument and defended by many enthusiasts, it was saved with an ambitious objective: to reconcile the heritage aspects of the site with the requirements of a contemporary concert hall. Carefully renovated, the new 750-seat modular space, in metallic and red colours, was inaugurated in 2015 and is a real showcase for today’s music.