This week’s Coffee House Sessions gifted us some gorgeous music from Louis Centioni (chen-ti-oni); gently-strong vocals accompanied by piano and Adam Fairclough on the drums. These half an hour sessions continue to prove themselves as a showcase of fresh talent on a Tuesday afternoon.
Louis Centioni has grown up with music; singing, playing piano and the trumpet since he was 6. From an early age he fell in love with jazz and classical music, performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and even attended the BRIT school. His fusion of sound comes from a whole bunch of places; influences from James Blake and Alicia Keys, as well as playing at some of the countries most prestigious venues like Ronnie Scotts and 100’s Club. On Tuesday afternoon he took to Dylan’s.
Louis introduced himself and his first song, describing it as a song he used to listen to a lot when he was at university, so he knew the crowd could relate. I Need A Dolla is something I’m sure we all feel on the weekly, if not the daily, so he captured the university atmosphere just right.
He then spoke about his love of Jamie Cullum’s music and produced a beautiful cover of Sad, Sad World, originally featuring Laura Mvula. This melancholy track fit perfectly within a set that lay down a tonne of feels. His inspiration from artists like Jamie Cullum and James Blake, particuarly The Colour in Anything, is obvious. However, he makes it his own by drawing on influences from jazz. He also grew up listening to what his parents were listening to: “I listened to a lot of Italian music, a lot of Caribbean music.”
All Avenues of the Arts
Unsure was Louis first single, the video for which he collaborated on with TATE and Turner Prize Winner Mark Leckey. “I like to explore all avenues of the arts, as well as music.” Growing up in London meant Louis was always surrounded by varying arts and cultures. This clearly comes through in his work, and you can definitely see his influences despite his prominent style. He hopes to collaborate with Leckey again “very soon”.
Finally, Louis Centioni played his new single, Here I Go Again. this song has “influences from Stranger Things” with heavy synth throughout. Putting out new music which is so personal can be nerve-racking, but Louis is just excited to finally let everyone hear it. “It’s so exciting to put this out and let everyone hear it. The video is also coming out in about 2 weeks, which we filmed in New York.” Keep an eye out!
Keep an eye out for Louis’ new video, and you can catch him at Ronnie Scotts on December 4th – it should not be missed!