Go back in time to the era of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Django Reinhardt as SonoMusette transports listeners to the "Golden Era" of French chanson. Featuring French chanteuse Mimi Pirard, this classic Parisian ensemble of accordion, piano, guitar, upright bass, and drums combine to revive the enchanting and evocative music of 20th Century Paris. This music has retained its power to charm and captivate listeners, and SonoMusette taps that nostalgia with artistry in both vocals and instrumentation
French-American Mimi Pirard began her singing career at 13 as a member of a local music association in a small town outside of Paris, France, with traditional and contemporary French songs. After her family moved to California a few years later, she and her brother Gabe performed as a duo. They later formed Dgiin, a group with a unique blend of gypsy, flamenco and a touch of funk honored with the North Bay Music Awards Best World Band moniker in 2012.
Pirards interpretations of timeless French classics provide a freshness and excitement that is contemporary, yet faithful to the spirit and tradition of their original renditions. She will preface her songs with brief translations and backstories of her French lyrics.
Other members of the group are accordionist Robert Lunceford, whose musical background includes numerous traditional Celtic groups including the Los Angeles-based band Reel to Reel and Sonoma Countys Atlantic Shore. He currently performs with the French music trio Un Deux Trois as well as SonoMusette. Also, Jan Martinelli, who, on upright bass and piano, is known for her broad stylistic range that embraces Latin, jazz, funk, blues and folk; and Richard Andrews, a drummer whose resume dates back to the experimental/garage/dance bands of his early teenage years but also includes orchestral and chamber musical training at UC Berkeley and San Franciscos art rock scene as well as frequent musical jaunts to Paris.
Sonomusettes Sebastopol Center for the Arts performance, which promises to bring yesteryears bal musette music to the moderne era, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Purchase tickets HERE.
Keeping with the theme, refreshments for sale with include the classic Madeline sponge cakes made famous in Marcel Prousts Remembrance of Things Past.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts (View)
282 High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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