Join us for Studio Grand's Balkan Nights, an evening which features (not-so-strictly) Eastern European music. This series occurs on the third Friday of the month, so mark your calendar! The night is graciously curated by Kent Kessinger in association with Studio Grand. Come join us for an evening of dancing and celebrating with Nevada City act Beaucoup Chapeaux.

 

 

Beaucoup Chapeaux has been described in many ways: part Parisian bistro, Italian cirque, Greek taverna, jazzy, folky, a touch Celtic, the Hot Club of France in the wilds of Macedonia with Piaf singing in Albanian, creating fresh and dazzling re-imaginings and visionary new creations.

The band's 2016 release (their second recording), "This Music Heals Broken Hearts" is receiving great reviews: "It has a permanent home in my car cd player!!  We love your new CD!"--Sean Bianco, host of Capital Public Radio's "Night at the Opera".

 

Together seven years and nearly 600 performances in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, voted best live music in their home of Nevada City, CA, Beaucoup Chapeaux's live concerts have been equated to a quick, marvelous (and inexpensive) trip to Europe.  The joie de vivre is palpable.  As San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik wrote: "Twenty-four hours later and 180 degrees away, Beaucoup Chapeaux, a world and fusion quartet from Grass Valley (Nevada County), was at the Red Poppy (Art House), playing from the album “This Music Heals Broken Hearts.”  On a ledge tucked into the storefront, we nestled among pillows, enveloped by compelling yet comforting strains of accordion, fiddle, guitar, clarinet. So many fans showed up that the Poppy’s small wine bar ran out of glasses, but the crowd felt like family, with cousins crowded around the table, and you almost felt like volunteering to do the washing up."--January 19, 2016. 

Beaucoup Chapeaux's founder and leader is Californian Maggie McKaig.  An accomplished guitarist, accordionist, and composer, McKaig sings in many languages, has recorded seven albums, and composed the folk opera "Cumberland Suite".  She has worked with jazz bassists Michael Zisman and Bill Douglass, jazz fusion saxophonist George Brooks, singer songwriters Sands Hall, Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, and Utah Phillips, and as touring guitarist for two-time Grammy award winner Mary Youngblood. McKaig's past bands include Lost in the Colonies, Celtic Wonderband, and Storm Session. For many years, McKaig was musical and artistic director and composer for Emily Klion's youth theatre arts productions at the San Francisco Day School and the Marsh Theatre.  Her composition, "Flora's Waltz", was in the top five of Just Plain Folks Awards Best Celtic Instrumental (2009, Nashville TN), and another composition, "War Is A Business", was featured on Amy Goodman's show "Democracy Now" in 2010. 

From Canada, Luke P. Wilson plays plectrum banjo, tenor guitar,  5-string banjo, steel guitar, and dobro. Wilson, whom Utah Phillips claeed one of the best musicians on the planet, has performed and recorded throughout Europe and North America, was a Capitol Records recording artist (with Ron Paul Morin), and has worked with Canadians musicians including Valdy, Ian Tyson, Diamond Joe White, Ron Paul Morin, Ken Hamm, members of Prairie Oyster, Ron Casat, Miles Jackson, Peter Marley, and the Backline Orchestra.  In California, Wilson has worked with jazz bassists Michael Zisman and Bill Douglass, Scottish violinist Alasdair Fraser, singer/songwriters Saul Rayo, Nory Fussell, Kimberly Bass, Charlie Brock, Sands Hall, and Utah Phillips.  Wilson is also a luthier, working at Wolfnote Studio near Nevada City, CA.

Scotland born Murray Campbell performs on violin, oboe, cor anglais, and vocals. Campbell also plays his reeds for a number of symphony orchestras: North State,  Auburn, and InConcert Sierra. Campbell, a rare being who is equally at home on the orchestral stage as he is improvising on reeds and strings, has worked with the Belfry Brothers, ChickenBonz, Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald, Alasdair Fraser, Kipchoge Spencer, Issac James, Vermillion Lies, Sands Hall, new music ensemble Bristle, Lisa Mezzacappo's String Band. He studied in the Hague, and has a degree in mathematical physics.

From Iowa, on clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, and vocals, Randy McKean also plays saxophonist and composer.  McKean’s music draws upon methods of distillation and synthesis pioneered by composers such as Anthony Braxton and Iannis Xenakis. Other projects include leading the avant-garde quartet "Bristle" (with Campbell, bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and reed player Cory Wright), and collaborations include the Gargantius Effect and Sawbones. McKean’s releases include the CDs Wild Horsey Ride, Bristle’s Bulletproof (Edgetone), and Futures Nows, So Dig This Big Crux (Rastascan), the Great Circle Saxophone Quartet’s Child King Dictator Fool (New World), and the electronic release Gargantius Effect +1+2+3 (w/Han-earl Park, Gino Robair & Scott Looney).

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