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St. James Hall
3214 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia See Map
All Ages

The evolution of a young musician is something beautiful to behold. Every blue moon, when this rate of growth seems exponential, the experience is nothing if not exciting. Victoria’s own Quinn Bachand has evolved at such a rate – a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection in many facets. From age 11, he was demonstrating his abilities on the acoustic guitar around the world, playing traditional music with Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. By age 17, Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums with his sister Qristina, and collecting multiple nominations and awards up to, and including their latest release, Little Hinges.

Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale – resulting in noteworthy recognition for Quinn, including a quintet of Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the Saga Djangofest Award, a Western Canada Music Award nomination, an “Emerging Artist” spot with the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame, a triple nomination at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, not to mention a full ride, 4 year Slaight Family scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Brishen's forward trajectory continues with the 2017 release of Blue Verdun, further showcasing Quinn's instrumental prowess and inventive compositions across an 8-track exposé of what Matt Glaser calls, a glimpse into a “psychedelic, kaleidoscopic musical world that you’ve never heard before." The recording channels the genius of Charlie Christian & Benny Goodman while blurring the lines between traditional jazz, latter day pop and western swing. A fresh perspective on the romance of another era, you’ll hear hints of Bobby Vinton’s velvet croon and the sweeping elements of Bob Wills’ country swing while robust memories of Brenda Lee’s pop-country and the doo-wop of the Ink Spots take a spirited romp with the likes of Joe Venuti and Django Reinhardt -- quite the time travel for this old soul visionary.

Indeed, he is effortlessly adept at evoking an era’s mood through a myriad of instruments, jumping from acoustic guitar to bouzouki, Hammond B3 to banjo, and fiddle to percussion at will, justifying the accolades of fans and peers alike.

Brishen, Romany for ‘bringer of the storm’, is what Quinn and his band serve up with their original western and euro-gypsy swing homage. They introduce a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. With understated mastery and intuition, the group dedicates itself to musicality and the root of trad jazz and swing with the goal of bridging the gap between early Western and Euro Swing. Quinn Bachand’s fascination, respect and commitment to tradition is clearly audible, setting him apart from the rest with an effect that is awe-inspiring.

The current Brishen line up features Quinn Bachand on lead guitar, violin, banjo and vocals, Reuben Wier on rhythm guitar and vocals, Alan Mackie on upright bass and vocals, Peyton Pleninger on saxophone and Matt Pease on drums.

Brishen recreates the magic of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France for an unforgettable musical experience. Be prepared to be wowed with sizzling hot, world-class Gypsy Jazz music performed with incredible virtuosity and soul.

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