I went down to Louisiana in late April for the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year. While I was there, I interviewed Swedish-born New Orleans-based art-pop singer Theresa Andersson at a cafe in the Crescent City neighborhood of Algiers Point where she lives, across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter.
My story about Andersson was in Thursday's Inquirer, and you can read it here. She's playing the Tin Angel in Old City on Friday night in support of her new album Street Parade. The picture to the left was taken at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans during Jazz Fest.
Note the plethora of foot pedals and microphones and other assorted gear on stage. Andersson will be using that one-woman-band setup at the Tin Angel as she plays drums, violin, guitar, and sings and builds up layers of loops that can make it sound like she's got a team of musicians playing with her.
Below are a couple of videos that convey what Andersson's like on stage. One is the viral clip for the song "Na Na Na" from 2008's Hummingbird, Go! that was recorded in Andersson's Algiers Point kitchen, and another is her reworking of the great Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down" from her Live at Le Petit DVD, with Toussaint himself joining her.