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Rufus Wainright's mother, singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle, brought him up listening to opera and jazz, as well as the folk-pop she was writing at home. His father, quirky folk songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, was infamous for his candid, autobiographical songs. Rufus's amalgamated influences made way for the almost vaudevillian and often autobiographical baroque pop presented here.

Among the palette of sounds on Poses are strings and woodwinds - elements one might expect to find in the work of a modern classicist - but also drum loops and angular, feedback-laden guitars. The funk-influenced "Shadows" pairs bass clarinet and flute with a driving dance beat. Wainwright collaborated on the track with Alex Gifford, whose credentials as a studio maverick were well established on Propellerheads' DECKSANDRUMSANDROCKANDROLL (1998). "Alex was a total whiz on 'Shadows,' Wainwright attests. "I may have sung the song, but he played every instrument on it - and brilliantly."
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May 12 Sat 8:00 PM Rufus Wainwright Uptown Theatre Napa
Napa, CA
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May 20 Sun 8:00 PM Rufus Wainwright Chan Performing Arts Center
Vancouver, BC
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May 24 Thu 8:00 PM Rufus Wainwright Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
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Jul 27 Fri 7:30 PM Rufus Wainwright Big Top Chautauqua
Washburn, WI
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Having been called "brilliant" himself by more than one tastemaker, Wainwright is an artist whose stylistic singularity, adventurous spirit and critical embrace have created certain expectations among fans as well as reviewers. "Of course, I wanted the people who bought my first album to absolutely love this record," he comments. "But I also wanted it to capture a whole new set of fans, too. I didn't necessarily want to go completely 'popped out,' but I did want to make sure the music was accessible. After all, the most important thing is to communicate as clearly with the listeners as I can. I tried not to think too much about what the response might be beyond that."

b. 22 July 1973, Rhinebeck, New York, USA. The son of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus was raised by his mother in Montreal, Canada, following his parents' separation. He began studying piano at the age of six, and by his early teens was touring with his mother, aunt and sister in the McGarrigle Sisters And Family. At the age of 14, Wainwright earned a Juno nomination as Most Promising Young Artist and a Genie nomination for his performance of his own song "I'm A-Runnin'" in the television film, Tommy Tricker And The Stamp Traveller. He attended Millbrook school in upstate New York and briefly studied piano and composition at Montreal's McGill University, before electing to try his hand as a performer on the Canadian and American club circuits. A recording contract was soon been offered after his demo tape found its way to Lenny Waronker at the fledgling DreamWorks label.

Wainwright spent most of 1996-97 in the studio recording a prodigious amount of material with producers Jon Brion and Pierre Marchand. His highly stylized 1998 debut album revealed a striking talent clearly influenced by classic American songwriters such as Cole Porter and Brian Wilson, with the piano-driven melodies augmented by lush orchestral arrangements courtesy of Van Dyke Parks. The album was warmly received by music critics, with Rolling Stone magazine naming him Best New Artist Of The Year.
Wainwright spent over two years completing the follow-up, employing five different producers including Alex Gifford of the Propellerheads. Although Poses included typically florid statements such as opening track "Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" and "The Consort", it also took in more unexpected musical turns such as a stark reworking of his father's "One Man Guy". The somber mood of the album also reflected a more mature artist, but by this time Wainwright's hectic social life was beginning to have a detrimental effect on his music. He took stock and returned to the studio to record a projected double album with producer Marius deVries. The first installment, Want One, was released in September 2003. His most grandiose project to date, from the cover art of the singer in heraldic amour to the epic orchestrated pop of the key track "Go Or Go Ahead", the album confirmed Wainwright as one of America's finest contemporary singer-songwriters.
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