femme fatale is a hit!
This semester's Rhythm and Roots ensemble: femme fatale kicked off the Springfest weekend on April 19th at 8 PM in the Underground to a packed house! This ensemble marks the first time in music department history that an ensemble pays hommage to female musicianship and female student, faculty and staff musicians at St. Lawrence. Although the ensemble was not solely played by only women or directed only by women, it showcased many female musicians that have not performed at St. Lawrence before.
The music attempted to travel through time to showcase a variety of female songs over the past fifty years. The concert began with Laura Nyro's 'I Met Him on a Sunday' and energetically moved to present day to mainstream favorite Feist's 'I Feel it All.' The songs attempted to communicate female emotions and experiences through a variety of St. Lawrence student perspectives that were evident as the music transitioned from the heavy 'Making Gestures' to lighter tunes like 'Carpetbaggers.'
The performance was packed with lots of glitter, colors, dancing, and a very energetic crowd that responded to every song either by singing the lyrics as loud as the performer like "Fidelity" or sitting down to enjoy old favorites like Joni Mitchell's "Free Man in Paris." The audience is quoted afterward asking, "But will there be another show?" No, there will not be another femme fatale performance this semester but this will hopefully not be the last time you will hear of these extremely talented men and women on this campus or the last time SLU honors female musicians.