Cafe jazz and Francophilic folk music with Jessica Fichot and Friends - At capacity
Monday, March 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
Jessica Fichot (vocals, accordion, toy piano), Brandon Turner (upright bass), Alex Budman (clarinet, sax, flute), Oscar Schedin (guitar)
Fichot wowed Beach=Culture audiences two years ago with songs from her debut album, Le Chemin. She's back with work from her new project, Le Secret, which draws from her French/Chinese/American heritage and her youth in Paris. This multifaceted chanteuse and songwriter performs her original French chanson, gypsy jazz and international folk all over town - backed by her fiery trio (clarinet, guitar and upright bass), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and beautiful multilingual vocals.
For Le Secret, Fichot looked to harness an acoustic sound with a hint of modern production. Sonically pristine, yet undeniably natural, Le Secret vibrantly comes to life – from the opening track "La Route M'appelle", which traverses an ethereal soundscape colored by strings and unique organic percussion (recorded with everyday objects), to "Shanghai", which couples a Brazilian-style groove with lyrics sung in both Chinese and French, the title track “Le Secret” which boasts a gypsy-style energy and folk integrity, and even the rousing cover of Sonny Bono's "Bang Bang", sung in Chinese. Fichot seamlessly shifts between languages and styles artfully, crafting an intriguing journey that beckons listeners to come back. Thriving on extremes, there are moments of heartache and exhilaration; it's intricate and rhythmically infectious!
Jessica Fichot really had no choice but to create diverse art. Born in Upstate New York to a Chinese mother and French father, she spends her youth in France. After earning a degree in audio engineering in Paris, she attended Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music to study songwriting. While in Boston, she penned countless children’s songs for musical theater and later, for educational programs. Over a hundred of her songs are published as part of ESL programs published in over a dozen countries. After relocating to Los Angeles, she garnered the stamp of approval from tastemakers such as LA Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and KCRW – licensing a few songs in major movies and TV shows on the way. She can be heard around the world – traveling regularly throughout the U.S, and Mexico, China and Europe.
"Delightful" - LA Weekly
"A delicious mix of acoustic styles" - San Francisco Chronicle
"a fresh and energetic sound" - Tom Schnabel, KCRW
Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email email@example.com. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
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Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. Click to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.
The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.
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