Louise Blackwell and the French Set A NIGHT IN PARIS
Louise Blackwell started as a young actor in Geoffrey Rush’s MAGPIE THEATRE, including the acclaimed 1986 Adelaide Festival production of THE SMALL POPPIES. She spent some years in Adelaide and Sydney performing in many theatre, television and musical productions, such as SATC’s ESSINGTON LEWIS: I AM WORK, PEARLS BEFORE SWINE at Q Theatre, telefilm THE HARP IN THE SOUTH and DAD AND DAVE: ON OUR SELECTION.
In Melbourne she joined her sister Lisa Blackwell, Mary-Jo Kelly, Marian Crawford and Mairead, Shelagh and Deirdre Hannan ( the Xylouris Ensemble) in the vocal band FRIENDS AND RELATIONS; a mix of traditional Irish and Greek songs, which gained quick status as one of the best vocal bands around at the time….
She studied arts at university and also sang with various musicians such as Mark Simmonds on saxophone, Diane Peters on harp and Ben Winkelman on piano. She went to Barcelona to record a vocal composition HERBARIUM, written by Javier Navarette, Oscar nominated for his music in the film PAN’S LABYRINTH.
Louise gained a scholarship to Lumière University in Lyon, France, to study French literature and cinema studies. She then moved to Paris to do a Bachelor in Cinema Studies, where she started singing Irish traditional songs in the Irish pubs of Paris and joined groups such as GULF STREAM, playing Paris, Bretagne and Switzerland.
She studied jazz vocal with two renowned jazz singers in Paris, both originally from the United States, Sara Lazarus and Michelle Hendricks, and started singing jazz in Paris. She collaborated with pianist Vincent Bourgeyx, playing her first Paris jazz gig at L’OGRESSE Marionette Theatre, then went on to play at clubs such as SUNSIDE, LES SEPT LEZARDS, LE FRANC PINOT and CAFÉ UNIVERSEL…working with many great musicians including Pierre Christophe on piano, Gildas Boclé, Manuel Marchès and Chris Jennings on bass, and Karl Jannuska and Mourad Bennhamou on drums.