Alizé is Gordon Bonnet on flutes, recorder, percussion and vocals; Laurie Hart on fiddle and Swedish keyed fiddle (nyckelharpa); and Julia Lapp on guitar, percussion and vocals
Alizé is a trio based in Ithaca, New York. They play the traditional music of Brittany (the Celtic region of France) and Central France, and sing in both Breton and French. They released a CD in 2007, Le Canard perdu. From driving dance tunes and sweet airs to songs poignant or humorous, Alizé brings the centuries-old traditions of France to life, occasionally tossing an Italian tarantella or Spanish waltz into the mix. Alizé is available to play for concerts, contradances, Breton chain dances, bourrées and other couple dances.
Branle-des-chevauxMari-LouizGavotte-from-KornogSuite-PlinnClick on the triangle above to hear 4 short excerpts from the CD.
“I’d never listened to traditional Breton Music until I happened to attend a concert by Alizé. One can hear the similarities to traditional Celtic (Irish and Scottish) music, but Breton music has a unique lilt of its own that I find captivating. Both in the concert and this recording, Alizé achieves a gentler sound than other Breton groups by avoiding the more strident traditional instruments such as the bombarde (a sort of nuclear-force oboe) and the biniou bihan (Breton bagpipes), instead relying mainly on the fiddle, classical flute, and guitar. But what makes Alizé stand head and shoulders above others is the accomplished musicality of their arrangements and their performance. Listening to them is a joy.” --Jim Murphy
Gordon Bonnet is a wind player and singer from Trumansburg, New York. Born in Louisiana of French and Acadian heritage, he has played concert flute for thirty years, and received classical training in Seattle, Washington. He has always had an interest in diverse styles of folk music, and was part of the Celtic quartet Tarradiddle from 1983 to 1992. He was the flutist and lead vocalist on Tarradiddle's 1989 recording By Roses Circled Round, and performed with that group at the Seattle Folklife Festival five years in a row. In addition, he has given private instruction in classical flute and Celtic penny-whistle. Since moving to New York, he has expanded his repertoire into Balkan and French music, and has incorporated the recorder, Irish (wooden) flute, Galician bagpipes, and penny-whistle into his performances. In addition to Alizé, Gordon also performs locally with the contra and English country dance trio Crooked Sixpence. His Balkan tunebooks are available here.
Julia Lapp started playing violin in Corning NY as a child. Since then she’s had a variety of musical incarnations. In Fairbanks, Alaska, she played fiddle with the contra dance band Celtic Confusion, and travelled the state with a Cajun band called Rouxbaboo. In Portland, Oregon, she focused her attention on her first love, guitar, and played electric guitar and bass with the all-female rock band June Cleavage, as well as Euro-folk with the Selkies. While in Portland she discovered the music of Brittany, and on returning to Ithaca was thrilled to find musical soul-mates in Gordon and Laurie. Her latest project is learning the accordion.
Laurie Hart's bio is here.
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