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Poet of the Street
July 1, 2009   
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One of today's leading singer-songwriters, a writer of brilliant and ambitious lyrics, and a poet of the street, Suzanne Vega will perform in Warsaw July 28 and in Gdańsk July 29.

Vega's warm folk ballads deal with the problems of ordinary people, highlighting things that others fail to see. Over the years, her songs have inspired musicians such as Sinead O'Connor and Tracy Chapman.

Vega was born in Santa Monica, California, on July 11, 1959 but grew up in New York. As a child she listened to a lot of jazz and folk in her family home. She first took up the guitar at age 11, and as a teenager was already writing her own compositions and lyrics. She won worldwide acclaim in the early 1980s.

Her latest album, Beauty & Crime (2007), is a personal reflection on her hometown and the tragedy of 9/11 in which her brother was killed. The songs aren't really sad or depressing, though, but suffused with a love for New York City. This album has won Vega a Grammy award.

D.S.

July 28, Warsaw, Kongresowa Hall
July 29, Gdańsk, Baltic Philharmonic
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