Songs de Paris
This is the story of Francesca de Valence’s Paris experiment, ‘Songs de Paris’. The story is magic.
Much-loved Australian singer-songwriter Francesca de Valence set off on a solo voyage of discovery in 2017: a month in Paris, the City of Light, the City of Love. She took an empty notebook and an open heart and found her muse in both, connecting with her patriarchal French heritage and writing her show ‘Songs de Paris’.
After sell-out concerts in Australia in early 2018, she returned to Paris – this time in spring. Another season, another colour, another light, another musical commentary on the city that has stolen her heart. Dancing between Australia and Paris playing shows in creative nooks and nests, ‘Songs de Paris’ continues to evolve. This intimate solo concert with projected images is an absolute delight and a joyous celebration of Paris told through the eyes of a new lover, a foreigner and a woman.
“Songs de Paris” has been presented both in Australia and Paris in 2018 and 2019 and was scheduled to be presented as part of Anywhere Festival in 2020, however this event was cancelled. Listen to Red Cat and The Seine, two singles that have already been released from this collection of songs.
Images by Still Wild Love; Taken at Studio 188 Ipswich (Australia) in November 2019
What the critics are saying about Songs de Paris:
“Her voice is the real star – when she lets it loose, it fills the small room with booming echoes and powerfully rich tones. Never afraid to expose her emotions on stage, she pairs most songs with their stories, whether it’s finding herself coincidentally crafting her father’s face in a sculpting class (Water & Clay), adventuring with a new friend’s vintage sports car (Red Cat) or wandering through what turns out to be Paris’ renowned red light district (set highlight Oh, Pigalle)..” Music Is My Muse
Music & Lyrics by Francesca de Valence
Except for “La Vie En Rose” music & lyrics by Piaf, Louiguy and Monnot
Images by Francesca de Valence
Except “Of the Wind” by Kellie North
Producer: Francesca de Valence
Video Editing: Aaron Maybus
Audio: Edward Buckridge
Camera: Jacob Rennert
Sound Recordist: Daniel Martins
Interviewers: Daniel Martins and Jacob Rennert
Photography: Greg Loxton Photography
Graphic Design: Gabby Gregory
Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly
Filmed at: Australian Modern, Carina, Brisbane, Australia.
With thanks to Chris Osborne and Susan Bennett for hosting ‘Songs de Paris’ concert no. 2 in their creative nest.
Many thanks to I Heart Songwriting Club for the creative support and community.