Anne Sila

Decca Records France

Anne Sila

What best defines Anne Sila, in her personality as in her music, is a quest for intensity.
A certain way of being alert, really alive, really free, well present and incarnate.
Then, of course, it will be impossible to fit it in too narrow spaces. From her classical years, she keeps the taste of excellence, the work on every moment of music, on the slightest vibrato of the slightest end note… She listens to Haydn, Bach, the cello (which she plays) and the piano of Alexandre Tharaud. When it comes to French songs, she demands personal, inhabited texts, something that digs into the soul – even when the words are simple. It’s the Brel-Ferré-Barbara family, extended on Allain Leprest’s side… More like the legacy of the Left Bank, that of the parental disco. In electro, she is marked by the audacity, the modernity of a James Blake. In pop, she likes the emotional power of Tori Amos, or the simplicity of Ed Sheeran. And in jazz, she loves the musicians’ agility, their way of making the songs live from one concert to the next, improvisation. Let’s not be surprised. She is not the first to find her expression at the junction of several languages. France has loved other scramblers who are called Legrand, Sheller, Nougaro, Jacques Loussier – or more recently Lhasa de Sela, Yaël Naïm, born polyglot, girls of a time when the Net explodes cultural borders. If we had had to label them! The song is healthy when it feeds on all DNA, even the most exotic. Anne Sila will do it her way, with the sounds of her generation. Why cook without this or that ingredient? The note of musical intention being posed, one comes to wonder where the bird Sila comes from. The father is a doctor, of Turkish origin, and the mother is a nurse. Born in 1990.

Photo by Pierre Dal Corso

They push Anne towards music, which they love without necessarily practising it very much. At 18, he met a drummer who encouraged him to try jazz studies. Horizons and various scenes. Jazz with the Magnetic Orchestra, French song with Michèle Bernard or Gérard Morel, world music with the vocal group Evasion (whose singers she replaces during their maternity leave). She jazzifies Barbara’s repertoire, she practises composing on poems by Baudelaire and Victor Hugo. François Moutin came to Valence for a master class and noticed her and invited her to New York, where he lives. She takes the chance, flies away without really knowing what she will find. She checks the legendary energy of this city-challenge, where strangers speak more often than in France, where one must always confront and draw from its resources. No question of floating on the surface for days. During her stays, she experimented the life of jazz clubs. One evening, she meets Ray Angry (who co-realizes today with her her first album), they write music together. She takes care of an electricity that she brings back in her luggage each time she returns. And who remains very present in his music, clearly transatlantic. In the spring of 2014, Anne was severely assaulted. Aggression in a very singular context because by one of his close relations, taken of a delirious puff. This sad event brutally stops his projects. Scars are numerous. You’ll have to learn to live after such an outburst of fate. She does not want to hide the fact or express herself in the “miscellaneous facts” section. Resilience, you said resilience…? It is in this context that the offer to participate in The Voice arrives. She probably wouldn’t have accepted before, for fear of being trapped in a system. But she explains that she “needs something unlikely” to recover from what she has just experienced. She is convinced, and does not regret. Her coach Florent Pagny (about whom she still speaks with much admiration) accompanies her, supports her with warmth and kindness. A few months after her painful story, Anne Sila finds herself in the final. The quality of the artists’ welcome made her reconsider her prejudices. She can “take the hand” to defend her song choices on the show. Like what, when you come here with personality and conviction, anything is possible. Everything is possible, indeed, for Anne Sila. And now the world turns with her. by

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