• Renau Garcia-Fons Trio (France)
Renau Garcia-Fons, a French double bass player and composer, likes to improvise. He boldly added a fifth string to bass, making it more than an accompanying instrument. Combining this with his con arco and pizzicato techniques, he is known as the “Paganini of the double bass.” But he prefers to be compared to Astor Piazzolla, Jimi Hendrix or Paco de Lucia — artists who have advanced the possibilities of their instrument through self-study.
Along with David Venitucci on accordion and Stephan Caracci on vibes and percussion, the Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio will walk the audience through the streets of Paris. From “Montmartre en courant” to “Rue du Dragon,” “Revoir Paris” mixes music and poetry, with a touch of nostalgia inspired by the words of Charles Trenet.
• Tarabband (Iraq/Sweden)
Winner of the best world music group at Sweden’s Polar Music Prize in 2015, Tarabband is a six-member band recounting war stories through Arabic music. Leader and vocalist Nadin Al Khalidi fled her home country, Iraq, in 2001 to escape the ravages of war.
Since then, she has found a new purpose in recounting such tales through music. With musicians from Sweden and France, Tarabband is a cross-cultural attempt at “creating ecstasy through music.”
Khalidi says her band shows what can be achieved when people from different cultures come together. “It says a lot without words,” she says. “We don’t think ‘you are an Arab or a Swede’ — we just play and it sounds great.”
• Fay Hield Quartet (UK)
Fay Hield is one of the brightest stars of the current English folk music. MOJO magazine described her as “one of folk music’s preeminent modern voices.” Her recent album “Old Adam” was one of The Guardian’s “Best Albums of 2016.”
Ben Paley (fiddle), Roger Wilson (guitar, fiddle, voice) and John Spiers (melodeon) will join Hield on the stage to deliver a captivating performance.