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Jessica Fichot at The Bothwell Arts Center
July 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
An Enchantingly Original Chanteuse
Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French-Chinese-American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, retro Chinese swing, international folk, and out onto the wilderness of her imagination.
Following her two acclaimed albums “Le Chemin,” “Le Secret,” Fichot’s most recent release is “Dear Shanghai.” Sung in Mandarin Chinese, the EP is an intoxicating mix of 1940s Shanghai jazz gems, Mandopop classics and her own inspired original songs, described as melding “childlike sweetness with grown-up savoir faire.”
Fichot delivers her engaging songs, performing on the accordion and toy piano and backed by a fiery band of talented musicians on woodwinds, bass, guitar and percussion. Her vibrant, acoustic music has been hailed as “a glittering testament to multiculturalism” by The Los Angeles Times, enchanting audiences around the world.
“A cosmic cabaret, a delicious blend of acoustic styles.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A clever feat of musical reverse engineering: completely modern tunes that evoke the feel of a bygone time and place, where the cultures of east and west collide in unexpected ways.” – Los Angeles Weekly
“A glittering testament to multiculturalism: she brings an art-song sensibility to delightfully catchy tunes.” – Los Angeles Times
Photo by Andy Sheng