Rufus Wainwright Announces ‘Unfollow The Rules: The Paramour Session’

GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced ‘Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session’, a concert that will be livestreamed on Saturday, June 27th at 2pm EST / 8pm CET / 7pm BST.

The livestream will premiere in Germany and France on ARTE Concert and ARTE Concert’s Facebook and ALL ARTS’ Facebook for the U.S. and all other territories. ARTE’s stream of the concert will be available as VOD for 90 days. The livestream will also be accessible via Rufus Wainwright’s Official Facebook.

Rufus will perform acoustically, with a socially distanced string section, piano and guitar to accompany him, in the ballroom of LA’s Paramour Mansion, former home of silent film star Antonio Moreno. The concert will feature Rufus’ upcoming album Unfollow the Rules in its entirety plus some additional songs from Wainwright’s existing repertoire and some new compositions, one of them written during and reflecting on the lockdown period reflecting.

Rufus Wainwright has released this statement regarding the concert:

“The Paramour Session will show a completely different side of Unfollow the Rules. Acoustic, stripped back, sparser, but. in a Rufus Wainwrightian sense of course. Good songs can survive in many different environments. I want my fans to have an opportunity to hear the music live when the album comes out. The only way we can do this responsibly during these times is with acoustic instruments, and fewer musicians in a large space, where everyone can be 6 feet or more apart, with a super small crew. Rather than attempting to imitate the sound of the album I think it’s both more responsible and more creatively interesting to try something new. There are no drums, no effects, no bass, no horns, no flutes, no back-up vocals — only strings that are bowed, picked, hammered, or strummed, and my voice. Let’s hope less is more. Of course, it helps that we are filming and live streaming this from the gorgeous ballroom of the Paramour Estate, a 1920s Hollywood silent film star’s mansion.”

UNFOLLOW THE RULES has already been met with remarkable praise from some of Wainwright’s friends, fans, and fellow artists. “This is pop music on a grand scale; sweeping, symphonic, unabashedly emotional and fearlessly agnostic in style and delivery,” says Sting, while Cyndi Lauper described the album as “Rufus’ PET SOUNDS. It sounds like a culmination of everything he has done. It’s a great album, catchy and intelligent.”

The band will consist of:
Brian Green, guitar and music director
Jacob Mann, piano and celeste
Rebecca Schlappich Charles, violin
Eliza James, violin
Jayna Chou, viola
Danica Pinner, cello



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  1. I would like to know the name of the song Rufus sings,’Dear World” is it an original or Ivor Novello?

    1. Hi Marian! From what we’ve been able to find, we believe it’s actually called ‘Dear World’, and was the title song from the musical of the same name, written and composed by Jerry Herman. Hope that helps you!

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