Album launch attracts a
full house at La Sala Rossa
Summersett’s More of the World features a jubilant collection of genre-defiant songs
By Byron Toben
Updated May 24, 2023
Musician/writer Nick Carpenter attracted a fittingly and largely theatre folk audience to their second album launch of More of the World featuring actor/singer Patricia Summersett on May 16 at La Sala Rossa.
Mr. Carpenter, who teaches playwriting and text analysis at the National Theatre School, has written some plays and short stories. Ms. Summersett, a former competitive ice dancer, has studied theatre in both the UK and Moscow. She is currently voicing video games, having starred as the voice of Zelda in the spectacularly popular, The Legend of Zelda.
The launch was hosted, sort of, by the clown duo Tim and Joe (Tim Tyler and Joe de Paul). Very tall Tim was able to juggle some tiny rubber balls by blowing them high and then re-swallowing them into his throat as they fell while much shorter Joe performed other antics. Later in the show, Kozmic Skater (Chloe Seyres) glided silently on roller skates as if they were ice skates to a musical tune.
But music was the main point of the evening – a warm-up solo by actor/singer Sarah Segal-Lazar and a song or two by Children of Maugham (lead vocal actor Julie Tamiko Manning; back vocal and guitar Alain Goulem; Shawn Campbell on bass; and Brett Watson on drums) provided more variety for the main attraction featuring Patricia Summersett as lead vocalist with back vocals by actors Eric Davis and Holly Gauthier-Frankel, while Nick Carpenter played the piano accompanied by Pierre Gaudrault on bass, Jean-Philippe Godbout on drums, Marie-Neige Lavigne on violin and Catherine Le Saunuer on cello.
Spotted in the crowd chatting after the performances were playwright/critic Jim Burke and actor/playwright /director Paul Van Dyck.
More of the World, a jubilant collection of genre-defiant songs that “brush the worlds of folk, chanson, classical and cabaret,” is now available on all major streaming platforms.
Images: Roger Craig Smith
Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been WestmountMag.ca’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.