Julia Deans sings Joni Mitchell.
Joni Mitchell wrote songs that defined an era and a generation. She struck a nerve with her take on life's little, ironic disappointments.
River, Help Me, Blue. They're songs of introspection and stark, personal confession. Ripe with honest reflections on the human experience, her narratives traverse infatuation, the confusing nature of courtship, failure, freedom, travel, optimism and the cost of being a woman. She is an artist of both heart and mind.
From honey-sweet falsetto to menacing growl, the voice of iconic NZ talent Julia Deans has offered light and shade to a variety of musical endeavours. From fronting Fur Patrol to co-conspirator with renowned supergroup The Adults to sultry chanteuse in Silo Theatre's Brel, Deans has talent which soars.
But this is no mere tribute show. In the hands of an interpretive artist like Deans, this take on Joni Mitchell's lyrical imagery will be profoundly personal and intimate. Both Sides Now is this thing we call life, cyclical and true.
Produced by Brilliant Adventures, it has sold out every performance at the Auckland International Cabaret Season and arts festivals across New Zealand. Both Sides Now was commissioned by Auckland Live.