THE GLOBAL BEAT FESTIVAL explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent, 10-story glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each night pairs two groups from different traditions: opening night the stage is shared by two superb singer-songwriters France’s Mélanie Pain (of Nouvelle Vague) with Haitian-Canadian chanteuse Mélissa Laveaux. The Global Beat Festival is curated by Live Sounds / Isabel Soffer.
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Mélanie Pain (NY Debut)
Mélanie Pain is best known as the lead singer of the French band Nouvelle Vague (official), who seduced millions around the world with her breathy renditions of 80s pop songs. For her solo career, Mélanie’s quirky, confessional chansons (sung in English and French) are a charming mix of French pop with a dash of folky Americana. A multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Mélanie is known for covers like This is Not a Love Song, Teenage Kicks, and Heart of Glass. On her latest album Bye Bye Manchester she stays true to her retro pop style, while pushing ahead with a feistier sound from warped 60s surf-rock to darker new-wave influences.
Paris-based, Haitian-Canadian singer-songwriter Mélissa Laveaux combines Haitian, indie-pop, soul, and blues infused songs with her distinct velvety voice and percussive fingerpicking guitar style and combines it with lush sonic textures, stunning rhythmic energy and sophisticated references to her Haitian roots. Listening to more music than she writes Mélissa fills her songs with many different nuances and influences, all seamlessly embraced like Brazilian BPM and Tropicalia, British Trip Hop, hip hop, nu-soul, and and Haitian jazz with songs in English, French, and Kreyol. You can hear traces of her earliest inspirations in her most recent highly acclaimed and elegantly eclectic EP Dying Is A Wild Night.