It’s been eight years since Ute Lemper was last in Perth, and the Garbo-esque beauty appears to have been glad for the return, if not slightly dazed by both the chilly temperature and the time difference between Perth (or “Perte,” as she kept referring to it in her Franco-German accent) and wherever the internationally renowned chanteuse had jetted in from.
Her musicians, (John Benthal on guitar, Victor Villena on bandoneon, Vana Gierig on piano, Steve Millhouse on bass and Micha Molthoff on violin) preceded her on stage, and the cool, cross-cultural cabaret quintet didn’t waste any time in creating a latin-infused jazz ambience. Not long after they had established a rhythm and mood,Lemper sauntered on, dressed in a slinky burgundy gown, and was welcomed with warm applause as she sang her first notes. From that moment on, the audience was hers completely as she worked her unique magic with word and song.
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