What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love every single tiny step that leads to being on stage or in a recording studio: The thrill of having an idea, obsessing with it, writing about it, sharing it, searching for the right material, creating new material, meeting and surrounding myself with inspiring people: arrangers, musical directors, writers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, costume designers… rehearsing and the apotheose: going on stage in front of an audience.
What is my idea of happiness? Harmony.
What is my greatest fear? Having regrets.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Everything that has to do with patience!
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? Barbra Streisand and Emma Thompson, both singers, actresses, writers, directors, Emma can also tap-dance. They do what they love, they dare and they have an incredible freedom of speech. Fran Leibowitz, her unique, sharp and hilarious point of view on any subject. Her love and utmost respect for books. Maury Yeston, he writes both music and lyrics and for women as if he was one and he is a man of his word. Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, their complicity, his bursting energy, their untamed sense of humor and their unforgettable version of To be or Not To be. Baz Luhrman, the way he uses music in his films, when words are no longer enough in comes the music and when emotion is at its peak: dance. When he says: “the future has become old fashion” 🙂 The clown Misha Usov and his infinite poetry. Frederik Steenbrink, his unique and incredible voice, his quick-wittedness.
What is my greatest extravagance? Some would say singing with an Eiffel tower on top of my head, I would say, being able to fully be myself regardless of fashion, standards or people’s opinion.
On what occasion would I lie? I wouldn’t call it lie, I would call it adding or changing tiny details of a story to make it more exciting.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? Jealousy. For me each person is unique and incomparable.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? November 19th 2019, singing at Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York. It was one of my childhood dreams!
If I could, what would I change about myself? I would trust and respect my intuitions all the time.
What is my greatest achievement in work? When I meet with members of the audience, after one of my shows, and they tell me they travelled, forgot about their troubles and felt the urge and energy to go and fulfill their most cherished dreams.
Where would I most like to live? In a city near the ocean where there are many theaters, rehearsing and recording studios and my loved ones.
What is my most treasured possession? Neunette, my teddy bear. She’s been my silent supportive friend throughout the years, my lucky charm.
What is my most marked characteristic? My energy.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Paris’ Louvre’ Cour Carrée. To walk from the pyramid to the Cour carrée, you have to go through a very large gate where musicians (cellists, harpists, saxophonists) love to play because of the amazing acoustic. And once you’re in the Cour carrée, everything seems suddenly so balanced, it makes my heart soar.
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? Ô chateau, not far from Place des Victoires in Paris. It is a wine tasting and wine bar. I love French Bordeaux wines. I much prefer quality to quantity and in this bar, you can taste fantastic vintage red wine. The food is great too. Some of the bar tenders are rugby players, it makes me think about my my sister and my dad, two of my favorite people in the world, both rugby fans!
What books influenced my life and how? The list is sooo long, I love books! With music, they are my most constant friends and source of inspiration. All Stefan Zweig’s books amongst which: The world of yesterday and René de Barjavel’s books amongst which: La nuit des temps because of the love both authors share for human beings, the vulnerability of our condition and the profound and subtle way they understand the human soul. My dad introduced me to these authors. The drama of Being a child by Alice Miller, it helped me make peace with the first 8 years of my life when I was a patient at Necker’s hospital, in Paris. The Artist way by Julia Cameron, it gave me a frame and a sense of possibility when I most needed it.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? West Side Story: Cool or the Mambo.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Yentl, in Barbara Streisand’s film adaptation of Bashevis Singer’s amazing novel Yentl, because of the way she dares, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and the amazing lyrics (by the Bergman’s) she sings: The more I live, the more I learn, the more I learn, the more I realize the less I know… And: If you can fly, then soar!
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Anyone who dares follow their passion and by doing that, inspire other people to thrive and see the infinite possibilities the world has to offer.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? The original West Side Story, Swing Kids and To Be or not to be.
What role play stories in my life and work? They are a boundless source of inspiration.
What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? Each breath is a new beginning, you can change path at any given moment if your compass isn’t pointing to joy yet!
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My greatest fan was my late grand-mother, piano player and composer Pauline Campiche. My partner in crime is singer piano-player Frederik Steenbrink, soon 20 years of partnership and close to 15 creations :). I also have infinite gratitude for the wonderful people who gave me my first opportunities and helped me thrive: Victor Cuno, Anne-Marie Gros, Jérôme Savary, Jean-Louis Grinda, Hilary Gagan, Rodger Redfarn, Michel Legrand, Maury Yeston, Les affreux, Pierre-Marcel Blanchot, Yannick Quennehen, Bruno Fontaine, Josette Milgram, Roland Romanelli, Caroline and Michel Madsac and Philippe Dupouy.
Which people or companies would I like to work with?
I would like to work with director Baz Luhrmann
I would like to work with actress Julie Depardieu
I would like to work with editor Une heure en été
I would like to work with writer Mel Brooks
I would like to work with Trio Zadig, https://triozadig.com/
I would like to work with record company La Dolce Volta https://www.ladolcevolta.com/
I would like to work with Warner Music
What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on? My show Oh La La! at La Nouvelle Ève in Paris. https://my.weezevent.com/oh-la-la
Where can you see me or my work in 2022? Here is a link to my coming concerts and shows https://www.isabellegeorges.com/actualites-dates/
Link to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/IsabelleGeorgesParis/videos
All my music is available on Spotify, Apple music, Deezer and also through my website : https://www.isabellegeorges.com/albums/ `
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is the fuel that pulls me out of bed every morning, it is pure energy, it never rests, as the heart who continues to beat all through our lives.
Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story? Dancer Elisa Berrod, percussionist Vassilena Serfimova, singer-actress-writer Marilyn Cutts, Singerwriter Melissa Enrico, Opera singer Julie Fuchs, violinist Sarah Nemtanu. I know it is the heroine’s not hero’s journey but I would love to add my fellow male artists: singer song-writer Frederik Steenbrink, writer and director Stéphane Ly Cuong, Trio Zadig and clown Misha Usov.