Label Suisse Festival (to read and hear)
16th September : Récital "Love has no borders" at the BCV Concert Hall for the Festival Label Suisse, direct live at the radio "Espace 2".
I should never forget this date and this concert. For several reasons.
I was ill. It is very rare, but it happened, and big time : throat, nose, voiceless, temperature....I had to take antibiotics. It happened two days before the concert. I had no idea if I could sing at all and mostly if I should.
Should I sing, knowing that it is direct live at the radio ? Knowing that it is an important festival? Knowing that if it's not very good it will "soil" my reputation and image? Knowing that I can injure my vocal cords?
But I don't want to let anyone down, I don't want to cancel because I have been looking forward to this festival so much, because it's a program I chose and enjoy, because it's more than a recital it is a message, a mission.
Will I manage to sing, knowing that when I speak my voice is not good, knowing that I will maybe not make it untill the end, because this program is difficult already when I'm in shape, knowing also that adrenaline and technic can help.
I guess these are questions a lot of singers must have faced several times in their life. It was the first time for me in 6 years.
I decided to do it. Why? Because there is a moment you need to know what your limits are, how far technic can help you, if you survive this you'll be stronger, and if you fail then you will learn a lesson anyway. I also didn't want to let anyone down. But I tried to be smart. I changed the program, took away the hardest pieces and substituted them with easier ones.
And this is the final result :
The whole recital. A miracle. Adrenaline, technic and the support and love from my family and friends in the audience but also just sending me good vibes through phones and social medias gave me the strength. A HUGE merci, bravo and love to my pianist Todd Camburn, who has been also my coach for the last 3 years, and a friend...who knows me, breath with me, gives me the safety, the velvet, the passionate and the finest accompagnement I could ever dream of.
Special thanks to Kazuaki Tsuda who came with his smile, his groove and contrebasse !
It has been a very anxious day, and I wish it won't happen again. The lesson I learnt is : always be careful at the end of summer to not get sick so that you don't have to face such stressy situations.
Photos by the great Lauren Pasche