THE PARIS FREE VOICE
Liz McComb, Live and singing in Paris
When Liz McComb is on stage, her glorious voice soaring,
you find yourself asking how she can sing like that
and play the piano. " It's like having an animal
to be captured ", she says with a laugh, "
and once he's caught, he's never tamed ! But I'm real
happy with what I'm doing right now. I feel the simplicity
and directness of my piano playing accompanied by my
voice is very effective ".
A native of Cleveland, she has lived in Paris for many
years now. " I love it here - it's so beautiful
and the French have always gotten out and supported
me, which I appreciate so much ". How does being
away from the States affect her music ? " On the
whole it's been good for me ", she says. "
Somehow I feel I'm freer over here. I'm a strong believer
in spontaneity and creation and pushing yourself to
give that little bit extra. Living here gives me that
extra push ".
Liz McComb will be performing March 9-10, at the Opéra
Comique, the concerts coinciding with the launch of
her latest CD, " Live " (Sony). Then she leaves
to perform with the Lyon ballet company in a piece by
the American choreographer Bill T Jones, " I Want
To Cross Over ", which deals with AIDS and the
terminally ill. But Liz, whose voice guides the dancers
through the work, will have no talk about " victim
art ". The ballet, she says, " is beautiful
and very moving ".
BY TIM BAKER