SEU JORGE AND THE MUSICIANS OF THE ORCHESTRA OF THE LYON OPERA HOUSE

ANTOINE BOYER

“When Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic, asked me to play the part of a sailor singing Portuguese covers of David Bowie’s tunes on a boat, I replied to him : “Are you crazy ?” ”

No, dear Seu Jorge : Wes Anderson is not crazy at all. He has simply a certain talent for creating wonderful pipe dreams which no one would have dared to imagine. To put David Bowie’s songs in the hand of a Brazilian singer and guitarist of your caliber is frankly a genius idea. Bowie himself was clear-sighted about it, and long before leaving us for his black star he declared : “Seu Jorge has taken my song to a new level of beauty”. With your half-rocky, half-velvety baritone voice, the off the wall tribute is turned into a transcendental exercise of praise. Ziggy Stardust becomes an odyssey full of saudade, Life on Mars? a carioca ballad of interplanetary splendor, Starman an irresistible samba-pop remake... And when we know that in Fourvières, 26 musicians from the Opera House of Lyon will affix bespoke arrangements to your performances, we fancy something crazy is bound to happen. Something Wes Anderson might have not dared to dream of.