Jazz star to perform at Barclay

Grammy-nominated vocalist Cyrille Aimee performs at the Irvine Barclay Ttheatreer this month.

Grammy-nominated vocalist Cyrille Aimée, whom The New York Times touted as a “rising star in the galaxy of jazz singers,” will perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Feb. 11. We asked about her career and upcoming concert.

How did you start singing?

As a child, I grew up with gypsies in my village in France. I became friends with them, and I started singing with them around the campfire.

Your breakthrough moment?

I had learned a song by heart. It was raining, so we all huddled into this bus. I sang the song, and when I saw the smiles on everyone, I realized that’s what I wanted to do forever, make people happy with my music.

You sang on street corners?

Singing and busking influenced my art because it influenced my life. The way I make art is the way I live my life, which is very in the moment. I am a nomad, and I just love exploring, and that comes through in my music.

What’s it like to improvise?

Improvising is my favorite thing because you really can’t be anywhere else. You have to be super present to give the music what it requires. It’s an  exploration. It’s jumping in the water, taking risks. It’s a lot of play.

What can we expect at your Barclay Theatre show?

You’ll hear an incredible band playing all kinds of music, French songs, Mexican music, jazz, funky stuff, groovy stuff and original music. There’s just no limits.

  • 10 happenings this February

    1. Dance program at UC Irvine UCI’s Department of Dance will host its premier annual production, “Dance Visions 2024.” Comprising …

  • Q&A: Australia’s Ten Tenors

    The Ten Tenors, one of the world’s longest-running classical crossover groups, will perform their greatest hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody” and …

  • Q&A: Improv comedian Colin Mochrie

    Comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, known for their work on TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, will improvise …

  • 10 happenings around town

    1. ‘The Nutcracker’ Create holiday memories for your family by sharing the magic of Festival Ballet Theatre’s production of “The …