Vancouver, Canada, is a multi-cultural city. So, it's no surprise that a band like Cordes en Folie would emerge from this cosmopolitan mecca. Combining European and Middle Eastern musical styles and instruments, the band consists of Pierre Imbert on hurdy gurdy (or, vielle a roue as it is known in French), a musician originally from Lyon France. André Thibault is originally from Montreal and a renowned flamenco guitar player, who is also skilled on the oud (Middle Eastern lute) and percussion. Steve Lazin is a percussionist with a jazz, pop, and blues background who made the leap to World Music a few years ago, formally studying Middle Eastern drumming with local musicians such as Celso Machado and Pepe Danza. Ô Expresso is Cordes en Folie's new album featuring the band's unique World Fusion sound, where vocals meet instrumentals and the Middle East meets Europe.Cordes en Folie were in Edmonton, Alberta in mid-November as part of the Coup de Coeur Francophone, a yearly cross-Canada celebration of Francophone music and culture. Their exciting performance had the audience clapping and moving along with the vibrant and energetic presentation. I caught up with Pierre, André, and Steve before their show, when they answered my questions about the style, instruments, and musical direction of Cordes en Folie.
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