Near the end of October, I had the privilege of seeing this lovely group live in Toronto for their CD release party of LIGHT A MATCH._ They are a band that consists of Alexa Dirks, Annick Bremault, Andrina Turenne (Ariane Jean-who has since left the band to pursue other endeavours), drummer Sascha Daoud and newcomer Benoit Morier. These women have had long vocal careers beginning in other vocal ensembles, and it definitely shows. The women know their voices extremely well, and their blend with each other is amazingly beautiful! I must attest it is a wonderful experience to perform with other musicians when your voices blend well. There is sort of this magical sound and experience that is created for the performers and the audience.
Have to say the concert was awesome! It took place in the dark, rustic, cozy back room of the Toronto landmark: The Rivoli Theatre . The opening act was David Newberry where just he and his guitar serenaded the audience with some wonderful original tunes.
When Chic Gamine came on stage they started with the soulful groovy, bass heavy song, "All Night". A great song that definitely got the crowd pumped up and energized. Throughout the night they played songs from their new album and also a couple of songs from some previous albums. (City City, Chic Gamine).
I encourage everyone to check out this wonderful group, because their harmony, contrapuntal background vocals, and layers of rhythm are a breath of fresh air, especially in this over-produced machine driven "pop" genre world of the music industry. Their sound is unique, their lyrics are captivating, their harmonies are outstanding and they sing in both French and English which is wonderful to hear! (especially for this budding bilingual woman ;-)
Furthermore, as a voice teacher, I must encourage if you can learn another language, please do! It will only help your singing capabilities...how you may ask? Different vowel shapes, tones, wider repertoire to sing,etc, etc, etc.
Having the fortune of meeting this group afterwards, I can also attest that they are incredibly down to earth, and enjoy speaking with their audience members afterwards. (something I can say that not all performers do.) If you get the chance to see this wonderful Canadian band (and what luck you are in, they are currently on a North American tour) please do! Check them out here You won't be disappointed.
As always, happy singing/practicing!
**Photo of Chic Gamine from their website www.chicgamine.com