About Le Bon Vent
Le Bon Vent, the good wind, is a celebration of the music of France and the lands touched by French culture. When this wind blows, a song in Medieval French dialect might mingle with a New England dance tune, a rootsy Mazurka from the Limousin region may be accompanied by instruments from North Africa and the Middle East, or a set of pieces from the Court of Louis the XIV could find their way into a jazzy Parisian Waltz. With an ear for improvisation and experimentation, the music of Le Bon Vent is both traditional and contemporary, described by Radio Espace Musique of Montreal as "a fresh spring breeze that pleasantly ruffles our feathers." The members of the group, all celebrated musicians in folk, classical, and jazz idioms, come from across the United States to bring their collective breath to this ensemble.
Formed in 2003 by acclaimed Vermont accordionist Jeremiah McLane, Le Bon Vent has received grants from the Vermont Arts Council and has presented concerts at The Flynn Space in Burlington, Vermont, The Intercultural Institute of Boston, The Blackstone River Theater in Rhode Island, and featured at the Maison de la Culture in Montreal, Quebec, a concert broadcast live across Canada on Canadian Public Radio. Le Bon Vent is a member of the performing arts collaborative New England Music & Stage Co. Ltd.
"The initial inspiration for Le Bon Vent came from French author Jean Giono's novel Regain" says ensemble director Jeremiah McLane. "The protagonist, Panturle, struggles to survive in a tiny village in the south of France. One by one the few remaining residents die or leave to live in other towns, until finally he is left completely alone. I imagined him asleep, dreaming of the village of his youth: musicians playing the town square, villagers gathering around, dancing, singing and laughing. Upon waking he hears only the wind in the trees and an owl hooting in the distance. Eventually Panturle finds a wife and together they raise a family, bringing life back to the village. Le Bon Vent hopes to capture the sense of loss and renewal that is at the heart of Giono's novel by presenting music that is both foreign and familiar, music we've lost yet can still regain."
Jeremiah McLane -accordion, piano
Le Bon Vent's musical director, Jeremiah McLane, has toured the U.S. and Europe at such venues as the Philadelphia Folk Festival, London's Royal Festival Hall, Le Carrefour Mondiale de l'Accordeon (Quebec), The Picolo Spoleto Festival, St. Chartiers Festival (France), The Sidmouth Folk Festival (England), and Memoires & Racines Festival in Quebec. He has composed music for theater and film, including Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, and released four CDs, including Smile When You're Ready (1996), nominated by National Public Radio as a 'favorite pick of the year.' His CD, Hummingbird, with Ruthie Dornfeld, won the French Magazine TradMag's Bravo! award in 2002. He lives in Sharon, Vermont and also performs with Nightingale and The Clayfoot Strutters.
Cristi Catt -vocals
Cristi Catt of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has performed in concerts and theatrical productions internationally, including appearances at Tanglewood, Holland Festival, Flanders Festival, and the Bergen Festival in Norway. A Los Angeles Times reviewer praised her "stunning solo excursions . . . as radiant and exciting as any singing I've heard all season." She has recorded on the Telarc label with Tapestry, and has also appeared with leading early music ensembles such as Ensemble PAN, La Donna Musicale, and the Boston Camerata. Cristi teaches at the Longy School of Music.
Ruthie Dornfeld -violin
Ruthie Dornfeld has performed traditional fiddle styles throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, and Brazil at folk festivals, clubs, cafes, and weddings. She has also been a guest teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Odense, Denmark. She lives in Seattle, Washington, where she performs with guitarist John Miller and in the French cabaret group Rouge.
James Falzone -clarinet, tin whistle
Multi-faceted clarinetist/composer James Falzone is an acclaimed member of Chicago's jazz and creative improvised music scene, a veteran contemporary music lecturer and clinician, the longtime Director of Music for Grace Chicago Church and an award-winning composer who has been commissioned by chamber groups and symphony orchestras around the globe. He leads his own ensembles KLANG and The Allos Musica Trio and has released six critically acclaimed recordings on Allos Documents, a label he founded in 2000. James was nominated as the 2011 Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association and is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago. Learn more at his website: www.allosmusica.org
Adam Larrabee -guitar, mandolin, mandocello
Adam Larrabee teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, performs with Enigmatica and Andromeda, and has composed works for The New England Conservatory's Contemporary Music Festival, the Milton Academy Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia Commonwealth Classical Guitar Ensemble.
Taki Masuko -percussion
Taki Masuko came to Boston from Japan in 1979 after playing percussion in the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a faculty member at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and performs in Balmus, Hourglass, and Sabana Blanca, a musical group specializing in silent film accompaniment.