Wednesday September 23 • 7 pm
Music In The Mountains • Old Siskiyou Barn, Ashland
Cost: $25/$20 for SMP Members/$10 for students
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Siskiyou Music Project presents for the first time in southern Oregon, Musett Explosion at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland at 7 p.m. Featuring three of New York’s most in-demand virtuoso musicians, each with a distinctive voice on his instrument, explore and expand on Parisian musette. They bring this multicultural dancehall music to new places through the highest improvisation communication, emotionally honest performances, and original compositions.
Featuring Will Holshouser on accordion, Ron Horton on trumpet and tuba and David Phillips on bass. All three are in demand players, backing up some of the world’s foremost artists (Regina Carter, David Byrne, Paul Simon, Mark O’connor and others.)
The enchantingly erotic dance music that is musette is the result of a meeting of jazz with French folk styles and Italian instrumentation. All the rage in pre-WWII Paris, musette served as the soundtrack for a Bohemian subculture whose seedy streets and coarse clubs presaged the Beats and spawned virtuosos.
“Classic swing waltzes have been waiting for a project like this…this group does not restructure the repertoire’s foundation; they handle it all in their own way. [Musette Explosion] has respectfully reclaimed 1930s Paris for the 21st Century.”
Aaron Cohen, Downbeat Magazine
“… swings with speed and clarity, sways with mystery and eroticism….Not simply an archaeological paean to past masters, this debut recording from Musette Explosion makes the genre relevant to NYC’s musical landscape.”
Elliott Simon, New York City Jazz Record