Katie Melua

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22/12/2011 KATIE sur WEEKEND WOGAN



Sir Terry Wogan présente un concert spécialement pour noël depuis Union Chapel à Londres pour BBC radio 2.

Pour l'occasion, Katie Melua joue 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' et 'O Holy Night', dans un cadre exceptionnel et dans une atmosphère de fêtes.

Vous pouvez retrouver ce petit moment ici :

06/12/2011 Katie Melua illumine Francfort





En ce début du mois de décembre, Katie Melua était à Francfort pour allumer l'arbre de noël de l'aéroport.

Cliquer ici pour voir les coulisses de cet évènement.

06/11/2011 "German Sustainability Award"


Vendredi dernier, 4 Novembre 2011, Katie Melua était l'invitée du "German Sustainability Award". A cette occasion, elle a interprété deux chansons : Walk lightly on the World et Nine Million Bicycles.
Vous pouvez regarder sa performance ci-dessous.


21/10/2011 The Next Brit Thing - Katie Melua



The Next Brit Thing est un concours de musique ouvert aux jeunes Anglais agés entre 11 et 19 ans. A l'initiative du gouvernement Anglais, ce concours récompensera le jeune musicien le plus talentueux.
Plusieurs musiciens de renom, parmi lesquels Katie Melua ont encouragé les jeunes à participer à ce concours dont le gagnant verra une de ses chansons sur le prochain album des Brit Awards en plus d'un enregistrement au studio d'Abbey Road.

Next Thing
Katie Melua a déclaré " Vous ne savez pas où cela peut vous amener, c'est peut être vous qui enregistrez votre chanson au studio d'Abbey Road l'année prochaine ! "

18/10/2011 Katie Melua prochainement au cinéma ...


Katie Melua a déclaré au magazine Anglais Goss : " J'adorerai me diriger vers le cinema. Je n'ai pas beaucoup d'expérience mis à part mon GCSE mais j'essaierais bien. "

" Un film avec Quentin Tarantino serait formidable. J'adorerais me faire tuer dans un de ses films. "

24/09/2011 Katie Melua à la Tour Effeil



Mercredi dernier, 21 Septembre, Katie Melua a donné un concert privé au premier étage de la Tour Effeil à l'occasion du lancement de l'Opel Ampera, premier véhicule électrique européen sans émission. Katie Melua est en effet ambassadrice de la marque Opel/Vauxhall. Elle était donc aux côtés de Yves Pasquier-Desvignes, président de General Motors France et Alain Visser, vice-président Sales & Marketing Opel/Vauxhall.

A l'occasion de cette soirée, de nombreuses personnalités de la télévision et du cinéma Français étaient présentes. Jonathan Lambert, François Cluzet, Frédérique Bel, Samuel Etienne ou encore Audrey Lamy ont pu profiter de la voix de la jeune Britanique dans le ciel de Paris.

20/09/2011 Secret Symphony



Alors que la date du 14 Novembre 2011 était annonçée pour la sortie du nouvel album de Katie Melua, une nouvelle date vient d'être annonçée, le 6 Février 2012. Il faudra se montrer un peu patient. C'est a priori pour permettre une promotion plus importante que cette date a été modofiée.

09/09/2011 Secret Symphony



C'est confirmé, le nouvel album de Katie Melua 'Secret Symphony' sortira le 14 Novembre 2011.

Katie Melua takes the stage in front of the Secret Symphony Orchestra, on this, her fifth album. Always happy to step away from people's expectations, Katie delivers a superbly crafted set of tracks interpreting songs drawn from a wide spectrum of songwriters including herself and Mike Batt.

"This album was going to be my 'singer's album' says Katie. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material. It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith ('Gold In Them Hills') and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt ('Too Long At The Fair) plus some more well known ones like 'Keeping The Dream Alive'."

The result is a collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Batt that imbues the songs with a distinct personality that could only be the work of this creative team. The gorgeous 'Secret Symphony' album was recorded at Air Studios in London and represents a blend of musicianship and dedication that will delight existing Katie Melua fans and win her many new ones.


secret symphony

03/09/2011 Un nouvel album en préparation



Katie Melua est actuellement en train d'enregistrer son nouvel album. Attendu pour la mi novembre l'album s'intitulerait selon Europe 1 'Secret Symphony'...

31/08/2011 Une nouvelle chanson



Katie a enregistré 'Gold In Them Hills' de Ron Sexsmith pour célébrer les 25 ans de la série de compilations Allemande Kuschelrock.


07/08/2011 Katie Melua en Arctique - Les Photos



Une série de photos de Katie Melua provenant de Opel Project Earth.













27/07/2011 Katie Melua en Arctique - La vidéo



Une petite vidéo de Katie Melua dans un cadre hors du temps, l'Arctique.

27/07/2011 Katie Melua en Arctique - La suite



Arctic Trip - Mini Blog #4, Sunday 24th July 2011

Well, here I am back at Pond Inlet after a 4 hour trek from our campsite. Having reached the Arctic I can now say another dream has come true!

I can also add to the list of beautiful and indescribable places of planet Earth that I've seen and that have inspired me to take action for the environment.

I've come away from this trip with an understanding of how complicated the relationship between man and Earth is, and how all the aspects of this are not totally clear. For example, while the polar bear is considered an endangered species by the science community at large, the local Inuit people that I spoke with said there are more polar bears now than there ever have been.

I explored this subject further with Pete (one of the scientists) and he said on a local level there are lots more polar bears in this area, which is why the Inuit observe this, while on a global level the numbers are indeed declining.

So, are the sanctions which do not allow the Inuit to hunt the polar bear the same as not letting Westerners eat as much food as they like just because there is a food shortage in Africa?!

I certainly haven't got the answer to this question. There are so many romantic notions about the polar bear, while to the Inuit, polar bears have been part of their survival for thousands of years.

What about the issue of climate change? Well the Inuit have noticed that they can't predict the weather anymore, which is something they were easily able to do in the past.

I found it so inspiring to witness how close the Inuit culture is to the land - something which I've forgotten having spent most of my life in a city like London. It bought back memories of being a child and living with my grandparents back in Georgia. They would grow pretty much everything we ate. I'll never forget the excitement of checking the chickens for eggs in the mornings to see if we'd be having any "egg and soldiers"! It's not quite the same, going to the supermarket where I know I'll always find eggs.

Katie x





27/07/2011 Katie Melua en Arctique - The beginning



Arctic Trip - Mini Blog #3, Saturday 23th July 2011

We arrived at camp in the evening but first had an incredible ride on the boat from Pond Inlet to our camp site. On two occasions the boat hit ice and the first time a few people nearly fell out of the boat! The water seemed clear and the captain didn't spot the ice sheets, hence the close "Titanic" moment!

Once we got to camp I settled into a tent. Everyone had the same 2-man tents. The first night was freezing - I slept with all my clothes on in the sleeping bag, and the next morning I found out you should have minimum clothes on so the air around your body has a chance to heat up.

Waking up the first morning at camp was incredible. The sea which had been clear the day before was filled with cracked ice sheets - the whole landscape had changed overnight! Also a fog had descended on the whole place so you couldn't see very far at all.

What I enjoyed most about our first day at camp was meeting and speaking with the Elder of the Inuit people. He had some interesting things to say about their culture and how he and his people had spent thousands of years learning how to survive in such hard conditions.

That's all for now!

Katie x

26/07/2011 Le voyage de Katie Melua



Katie nous raconte son voyage en Arctique au travers de mini-blogs. Elle nous fait partager ce qu'elle observe au cours de ce magnifique périple et partage avec nous quelques réflexions...

Arctic Trip - Mini Blog #2, Friday, 22th July 2011

Well here I am in Ottawa, Canada. We flew in yesterday and now we're about to catch two planes to Pond Inlet in the Arctic!

I met the whole team last night including Martin and Pete the WWF representatives. I also met the Inuit representative Ud Loriak Hanson. She was a great person to introduce the culture of the Inuit people, with very interesting views about preserving their culture.

Interestingly, she said one of the most important issues they faced was one of education.

The previous generation of Inuit had a system of education where the government took them out of their communities and tried to integrate them into 'normal' Canadian culture, so their own culture - including their language, was not acknowledged or taught.

Luckily now things are changing and there is a better understanding of how important the Inuit culture is. Changes like this can be slow, hence the importance of continuing the focus on education.

This really resonated with me because of my past work with Save The Children, where education was also a key focus.

Right, the flight is about to take off! I don't know if my email will work from the Arctic but I'll try to write every day.

Adios!

Katie x



P.S. Toutes les photos illustrant les mini-blogs de Katie Melua ne proviennnent pas de Katie, je les ai rajoutées. Ces photos de l'expédition en Arctique proviennent de Opel Project Earth.

23/07/2011 Katie Melua au Canada pour Project Earth



Après plusieurs mois d'absence sur son blog, Katie Melua vient de publier un nouveau message pour nous faire part d'une nouvelle excitante. Elle vient, en effet, de se rendre au Canada pour rencontrer à nouveau Buzz Aldrin et prendre part à l'expédition Project Earth en Artic.

Pour plus d'informations concernant Project Earth rendez vous sur www.opelprojectearth.com ou www.facebook.com/OpelProjectEarth.



Vous pouvez bien entendu lire l'intégralité du blog en Anglais sur le site officiel.

Découvrez ici un extrait de la Q&A session avec Buzz Aldrin et Katie Melua comme invitée.

08/05/2011 Katie Melua rencontre Buzz Aldrin au volant de la nouvelle Opel Ampera



Elle n'a pas encore donné de concert dans l'espace mais Katie Melua a conduit Buzz Aldrin, qui fut le deuxième homme à marcher sur la Lune, le 21 juillet 1969, quelques minutes après Neil Armstrong.
Dans cette petite vidéo, ils evoquent bien entendu, ce formidable voyage vers la lune, et Katie Melua avoue que donner un concert dans l'espace serait formidable. Mais avant d'en arriver là, il lui faudra parcourir encore quelques kilomètres...

Vous pouvez regarder la vidéo sur sa page Facebook en cliquant sur ce lien.

Actuellement, Katie Melua continue sa tournée et elle va revenir en France pour deux dates, le cinq et le six Juin à l'Olympia à Paris.

14/04/2011 Nouveau Blog



Tour Blog Friday 7th April

We arrived in Rouen, France yesterday morning, I've never been here before. It has one of the most beautiful old towns! The whole place feels like a fairy tale town. Apparently it's where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and where Richard the 1st is buried. I walked and walked around the city yesterday, taking in the sites and the medieval beauty of all the churches.

The other night on the tour bus Jim crowned himself the king of the toasties. He makes the best toasties on the bus, and made some for all of us. We've also been watching The Mighty Boosh. Everyone is going around quoting it! on that note: "I'm old Gregg" until next time.

(Written on 5th April):

Since I last wrote we've done six gigs, travelled one thousand seven hundred and seventy one miles going from Bordeaux to Nancy, then Berlin, Nurnberg, Koln, Mannheim and Hamburg. Now I'm on the tour bus having just departed Hamburg on our way to Braunschweig. My brother has come to visit me on tour for a few weeks, which is so great. He's 18 and studying to be a musician and seeing the touring life through his eyes makes it all seem very exciting again. So what wonders have I seen in all these great cities? Well in Berlin i walked through the Jewish memorial maze, which was very moving. I also took the band to the Georgian embassy where we were greeted with a little party. We sang Georgian songs, ate hachapuri and drank Georgian wine.

Katie x

03/04/2011 Diffusion du concert de Katie Melua



Retrouvez l'intégralité du concert privé Europe 1 de Katie Melua en vidéo sur la plateforme Dailymotion le jeudi 7 avril 2011 à 21h. Voici d'ores et déjà un petit aperçu :


Katie Melua en concert privé Europe 1 par Europe1fr

Katie Melua est toujours en tournée et revient en France pour 4 dates :

07/04/2011 Rouen
08/04/2011 Nantes
10/04/2011 Lille
11/04/2011 Strasbourg

26.03.2011 Concert du 22 Mars 2011 à Lyon



Après Toulouse puis Marseille, Katie Melua s'est produite sur la scène de l'amphithéâtre 3000 à Lyon mardi soir, nous y étions.

C'est YOAV qui a débuté la première partie de soirée. Jeune chanteur Sud-Africain, avec sa seule guitare, il a interprété brillament plusieurs morceaux de son propre album.
Puis, aux alentours de 21h, c'est avec grand bohneur que nous avons retrouvé Katie Melua sur cette scène de Lyon, 3 ans presque jour pour jour son après précédent passage à Lyon. Alternant morceaux avec ses musiciens et interprétartions plus intimes, seule avec sa guitare devant un public de Lyon sous le charme, la jeune Britannique a interprété la quasi totalité des titres de son dernier album "The House" mais aussi des titres de ces opus précédents et quelques reprises surprises...



Tout au long du spectacle, face à une salle comble, Katie a su séduire comme à son habitude, son public avec une magnifique voix et une énergie communicative.

Pour ceux qui n'ont pas la chance de pouvoir aller voir Katie Melua en tournée en France, vous pouvez vous rendre sur la chaîne youtube de notre site ici où vous aurez un petit aperçu de quelques titres de Katie Melua sur scène et sur le site soul-kitchen.fr. pour voir des photos du concert à lyon.

25.03.2011 Nouveau Blog de la tournée



Tour Blog Friday 25th March

I'm writing from Bordeaux now, yesterday was a day off and we stayed at a hotel on the town's outskirts, by a gorgeous lake. There was a pool table in the lobby. A few of us played. Also, on our day off yesterday we went bowling, I lost three times to the boys. Made me very angry! I've promised myself one of these days to do some kind of bowling course so I can be half decent at it.

Right now I'm in the Band's dressing room; everyone is online. Conversation sways backwards and forwards, mainly about how to get online and how strong the internet connection is. The entire dressing room is orange.

The other day before the drive from Lyon to Bordeaux we had an unplanned party with the crew. Some exquisite brandy was involved! Ended up listening to a few tracks by James Blake, who has an incredible-sounding album out.

Not much else to report I'm afraid, my mind is nicely clouding over with that touring haze.... Another town, another hotel, another venue.

Speak soon

Katie x

PS: The picture is from Denzil, my lovely Guitar tech! He let his bath overflow, and the suds took over. As he says, "Never put Radox in your bath and then spend 20 mins on the phone in your bedroom!"

17.03.2011 Annonce d'un nouveau DVD



Katie Melua et l'orchestre philharmonique de STUTTGART

Enregistré à l'open Jazz de STUTTGART en 2009 face à un publique de neuf milles personnes, ce DVD contient une unique preformance de Katie, ses musiciens et l'orchestre philharmonique de STUTTGART. Dirigé par Mike Batt, le concert contient les titres phares des trois premiers albums de Katie Melua 'Call Off The Search', 'Piece By Piece' et 'Pictures' contenant 'The Closest Thing To Crazy', 'Nine Million Bicycles' et 'If You Were A Sailboat'.

Katie se souvient du concert comme une soirée très spéciale, elle explique " C'était le premier concert que j'ai entièrement fais avec un orchestre et je le considère comme une de mes expériences musicales favorites. J'ai l'habitude de chanter avec mes musiciens mais chanter et jouer avec un orchestre et toute la profondeur et la richesse qu'il apporte était extraordinaire".

12.03.2011 Un petit blog de Katie après le premier concert de sa tournée


March 10th, 2011

Hi all,

Yesterday was the first gig of the tour in Dresden. I was pretty nervous but the nerves went after the third song and then I loved every second of it.

It's great to be back on stage!

We've got a few surprises and I was so pleased with the audience reactions.

Have just arrived in Portugal where the next few shows are.

Love, Katie

07.03.2011 Nouveau Blog de Katie Melua


Après des mois d'absence, Katie Melua vient de poster un blog sur son site avant de partir pour en tournée.

March 2nd, 2011

Hi everyone,

It has been ages since my last blog - despite my best intentions months seem to slip by without me putting fingers to keyboard. I think I need to face up to the fact that I am not a natural blogger!

I've had so many messages over the last week that I wanted to say thank you - for your concern and your best wishes. I'm feeling great now and am really looking forward to the rescheduled tour starting next week. I was rehearsing last week with the band and it was brilliant to be back doing what I love so I'm itching to get back on stage.

Last week we played a gig for the first time since last summer - we recorded a show for BBC Radio 2 in the theatre at Broadcasting House in London to an audience of competition winners. As well as having the band with me, I was joined on stage by William Orbit, a singer songwriter called Jack Savoretti and Beth Rowley, who is an amazing singer - Beth and I performed What A Wonderful World with Beth taking Eva Cassidy's part. I hope you like it as much as we enjoyed singing it. The concert will be broadcast tomorrow (Thursday) so if you are in the UK you can listen on Radio 2 or online at bbc.co.uk/Radio2.

Am heading off tomorrow to start production rehearsals for the tour, it is all looking and sounding great so I hope you can make it to one of the gigs.

Love, Katie

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