"Here Now" An artists journey from Zimbabwe to America
- Performing & Visual Arts
- La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Canadian-Californian songwriter Madeline Tasquin was raised in Northern British Columbia by her opera singer mother and Austrian gold-miner father. She learned to play the piano as soon as she could reach the keys, and many years later in 2011 she picked up a concert ukulele, “because it’s much easier to carry around town than a piano.”
In 2012 Madeline released her debut EP Another Trip Around the Sun and began performing her original compositions as Mana Maddy, after 4 years as lead singer & keyboardist of Antioquia and a stint as backup vocalist in Whiskerman.
Singing in both English and French, Tasquin’s songs dip from jazz-tinged folk to odd-meter soul, to twisted pop ballad and delicate folk fairytale. Her particular sense of melody and harmony was honed by hours spent singing with her mother and two sisters on long car trips as a child, as well as an obsession with Rachmaninoff and Chopin that began as a teenager.
Just one week before Tasquin’s departure on European Tour, this special farewell concert will feature the original music of Madeline Tasquin as well as select French songs, peppered by guest appearances including bassist Reed Mathis, accordionist Diana Strong, virtuoso jazz flutist Rebecca Kleinmann, clarinetist Melissa Kilkuskie and drummer Chris Lauf.
Red Steppes is the solo project of Oakland-based musician and photographer Nika Aila States (of TOTONOKO). She sings songs about liminal bodies, real and imaginary medicine, and you, set to some real math-folk fingerstyle guitar. www.redsteppes.com
After the live music, Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace) will provide the dance floor with a selection of lesser-known French, Italian and other European music to cut a rug to. www.richvreeland.com
$10-$20 Adv sliding scale/ $12-$25 Door sliding scale