The scene for the demi-monde is La Boussole, once a notorious dive in a harbor that has no shortages of them. What is unusual is that the songs are by and about the women who spent most of their lives in that watering hole. Its walls were witness to the copines loves and tragedies, longings and losses, their savoir vivre for survival, emotional and otherwise. The songs are about their yearnings for the return of their mecs from the seas or their happiness that they’ve left, dieu merci. Among knife throwers, con artists and putes the chansons were also inspired by jealousies, true love and heartbreak and stirred by an intoxicating atmosphere fueled by copious amounts of freely flowing absinth, Gauloises smoke and exuberant song. Real stories about real lives from a place serving as a refuge from the cruelties of life while not entirely erasing them. Through chansons soften by the passage of time but staying clear of faux romanticism.
These songs are revelations about a world that usually is about the macho seafarer. But tonight is all about the women of La Boussole and their lives and struggles and strength. 17 songs in all about a bittersweet reality, marvelously interpreted by the heart and voice of Alexandra Prusa. Alexandra’s somewhat of a sailor herself, neck bandana and all. Frequently docking in Zurich, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Buenos Aires and her second home Paris. As an actor, singer and media artist, she’s been searching for the truth hidden inside the illusionary world of art with its genres of tango, jazz, theater and film. She’s expertly supported by the equally multi-faceted Ricardo Regidor on piano and Peter Gossweiler on contrabass.
Live at El Lokal, a selection of Hafen-Frauen-Lieder performed by Alexandra Prusa. Tonight, the refraichissements are coming from the stage.