Berklee Beantown Jazz FestivalMelody Gardot

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Thursday / September 27, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Melody Gardot
Melody Gardot
Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Following an extensive two-year world tour in support of her highly successful major label debut, My One and Only Thrill, Melody Gardot was restless and ready for new adventure. Setting out on her own, it took a year of traveling the world for Melody to find her inspiration for The Absence as she met new people and experienced new cultures. As she embarks on another global tour to support her third album, it is time for us to share the music: the loss, the longing and finally the joy that she has discovered on her journey.

The 23-year-old chanteuse's songs offer deeply compelling evocations of love, loss, and heartache, while her voice offers a level of emotional authority and technical fluency that one would normally expect from a veteran performer.

Gardot's route has been an unconventional and often arduous one. She began taking music lessons at age nine, and was playing piano in local lounges by the time she was 16, though she didn't think of music as anything more than a hobby at the time. After being hit by a car and severely injured when she was 19, music became a key therapeutic element in her lengthy recovery process. Music also became an outlet for self-expression. While still working to regain her mobility, she began writing her own songs for the first time. "I don't know where everything came from, but it came," she recalls. "Something touches me or makes an impact on me, and if I'm lucky, I can catch it and turn it into something worthwhile."

$46, $36, reserved seating