Cornelia Jazz Cafe Camden London Sep 2012
Upon arrival, the door staff are friendly and welcoming at the Jazz Cafe. The crowd were cheerful and there was a nice vibe about the place. Cornelia, who hails from Sweden is tonight supporting Quadron, a Danish duo who have received compliments from Jay Z , Adele and Mark Ronson.
As Cornelia enters the stage the first thing about this lady that stands out is her vibrant red hair. Petite looking and decked out in black with a strong resemblance to Madonna, rather similar features. She begins the show with a tune she has described as a Swedish folk song , electronic & sweet. Cornelia, not only a performer songwriter & producer, also runs her own Label. Cornelia is playing an instrument named an Omnichord, a very intriguing looking instrument shaped like a large whistle, a kind of guitar with no neck and no strings but buttons, she cradles it in her arms like a baby.
She multitasks here and there, playing a mini keyboard while hitting pedals at the same time, a one woman act who comes across as independent & brave. Bjork Beth Orton & Madonna seem to have had some influence vocally. Cornelia comes across as modest, not vulgar or brazen which endears you to her. She has earned her stripes co writing and co producing with Kwes and working with Portico Quartet.
The Electronica genre it seems has been dominated by men for the longest time. When the word 'electronic' is heard or read, the automatic thoughts are often subconsciously OMD Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode for example. I would bet not many will think female, because to date there has not really been any to achieve mainstream success. Because of this, many may feel that women are not quite up to the job. Well Cornelia definitely could change those thoughts. Cornelia truly is a one woman band.
Have a Listen to 'Stormy Weather' by Cornelia, it's swingy & dreamy.