As the summer continues to heat up the city, we have a hot line-up of young artists who are performing at Frankie's Jazz Club. On July 20, Victoria-based multi-instrumentalist Quinn Bachand is performing with his gypsy jazz quintet, Brishen.
"Brishen is a wonderfully creative and entertaining tour de force from
Canada's hottest young guitarist." - Penguin Eggs Magazine
As a teenager, Quinn played traditional music with the likes of Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIssac, and Natalie MacMaster. He plays over a dozen instruments and also performs as a duo with sister Qristina. Brishen released its debut self-titled album in 2013, garnering nominations from the Canadian Folk Music and Western Canada Music Awards as well as the prestigious Slaight Family scholarship for Quinn to attend Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Earlier this year the group released Blue Verdun, blending traditional jazz, modern pop, and western swing and are currently touring across Canada. Quinn took a few moments out to tell us what he’s been up to and find out more about Brishen.
Brishen means Bringer of the Storm in Romany, how would you describe your take on gypsy jazz?
We all love swing music and have taken inspiration from Django Reinhardt whose success turned into the gypsy jazz style but we're really playing mainly swing and pop music! With rhythm guitar, bass, sax and electric guitar.
What should the audience expect at the show? Will it be a mix of songs and storytelling?
It'll be a five-piece band, with electric guitar, fiddle, drums, bass, rhythm guitar and saxophone, plus we all sing. We'll perform a mix of new songs and old songs and we'll also throw in some fiddle tunes into the mix!
You are also known for your Celtic-inspired duo with your sister Qristina. How is it different playing with family to your Brishen ensemble?
This project is different because it's drawing from another genre and other skills. Qristina and I play music inspired by traditional fiddle music and this band is a jazz band that sings their own pop songs.
You play acoustic guitar, banjo, bouzouki, fiddle, Hammond B3, and percussion - is there another instrument you'd like to master?
I'd like to master the Hammond B3! I've only actually played it once on an album. I would love to play some wind instruments!
What are your plans with Brishen and your duo for the rest of the summer?
Brishen is on a cross-Canada tour doing all the main jazz festivals and some folk festivals. Right now we're mid tour and will fly out west after the Halifax jazz festival! We're very excited for the Frankie's show - it will feature Reuben Wier, Alan Mackie, Peyton Pleninger, Matt Pease, and myself. Qristina and I have a US tour in late August/September, playing in Washington, Missouri, Kansas, and then some dates on the Northeast.
Join Quinn with Brishen on Thursday, July 20 at 8pm!