Alfredo Merat Channels Jacques Brel

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Jacques Brel by Alfredo Merat. Courtesy Bay Street Theater.

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the December 2018 concert “Jacques Brel by Alfredo Merat” will be available to stream online at baystreet.org on Monday, August 17, at 8 p.m. as part of Bay Street’s online programming platform Bay Street To-Go. Tickets to watch this recorded concert, which was performed live at Bay Street Theater, are available for $20. Ticket purchasers will receive a link to the event. Fifty percent of the net proceeds go directly to the artist, as Bay Street continues in its mission to support local artists, even during the pandemic.

Jacques Brel was an iconic Belgian singer, songwriter, actor who composed and performed literate and theatrical songs making him a mysterious and legendary figure in the 1960s.

The story and music of Brel, one of the most popular singers of French songs, comes to life on stage with Alfredo Merat’s tribute to this music legend, which marked the 40th year anniversary of his death. Brel was a master of la Chanson Francaise.

“The universe of Brel, his passions, his truth, his ironies, contradictions, his love, his hatred brings his real life in his songs and story,” said Merat.

For the performance, Merat invited special musical guests to help deliver a unique production. The songs are in French with an English narrative.

Merat is an East Hampton-based singer/songwriter known for his passionate Latin-flavored compositions and guitar style. Born in Madrid, Spain, and raised in Bordeaux, France, for years, he has been channeling the music of Jacques Brel into an intimate live music portrait of the famed Belgian singer. His band, Europa, and the Europa Jam Sessions, have become staples of the East End music scene.

To see his Bay Street concert, visit baystreet.org.

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