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This Music Heals Broken Hearts

by Beaucoup Chapeaux

Beaucoup Chapeaux is part Parisian bistro and part Italian café, Greek taverna and Bulgarian kafana, Piaf singing in Albanian while dancing tango, music antique and modern re-imagined for you to fall in love with.
Genre: World: Mediterranean
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1. U Krusevo Ogin Gori
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2. Sicilian Tarantella
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3. Plovi Barka
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4. Mirabella
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5. Scythian Steppe
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6. Kaci Se Gori, Na Cardak
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7. Elastique
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8. Pravo
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9. Vranjanski Cocek
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10. Thalassaki Mou
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11. Syrto from Chios
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12. Beyond the Valley of the Moon
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13. Hey Garcon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
First review of our new CD, "This Music Heals Broken Hearts":
"What a totally amazing CD…that not only can mend a Broken heart but liven up one's very soul. Such amazing music and the CD sounds so wonderful. It sounded so great in my living room…of course I could only envision being in the Classic Cafe with Beaucoup Chapeaux. You have done it again…made a wonderful CD and I love the cover. You all definitely take us listeners on such wonderful adventures with your songs. Thank you Beaucoup Chapeaux!"--Shannon Dooley-Miller

So, you ask, what is our music all about? On a Friday evening, looking into the window of a small Americana café, on the quaint main street of one of California's historic 19th century gold mining towns, you can't quite believe your eyes: People packed into every chair, at every table and counter seats, while dancers are doing some serious cutting up on a ridiculously small space (maybe 4'x15', between the tables and the counter seats), and sitting in the front window corner, four musicians are creating all this excitement, just burning up on accordion, banjo, bass clarinet, and oboe, eyes agleam, smiles lit, hair, fingers, arms, sweat flying. What's this? Clarinet, oboe, banjo and accordion? And what language is that accordionist singing in? Sounds like Greek to you? Well, it may be. Walk in the door, and you'll be immediately engulfed by a joie de vivre that cannot and will not be denied.
That's what we do. It's a kind-hearted rattling of your senses, altering your reality, make you forget your cares and worries, yet providing enough inspiration to deal with them--when you think of them again. Our instruments include accordion, violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, tenor guitar, six string guitar, banjo, dobro, and four part vocal harmonies. Folk, country, bluegrass, classical, jazz, traditional music from many different cultures fuel us. Over six years playing well over 500 concerts together has given us a very deep and easy connection to one another. We are thrilled that we're invited to perform at everything from weddings to classical music events to opening up for the likes of Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Aaron Neville. And, that on many Friday nights, you can still find us at that little café where we got our start.

"Together they create an atmosphere that some people call magic. It's like a voyage every Friday. Its alive!" --Genevieve Crouzet, owner, Nevada City Classic Cafe

"They are one of the great bands in the area. There is nobody else doing what they do and doing it with as much fun, gusto and just enjoyment as they do." --Mikail Graham, event and record producer

"This band is scary good -all virtuosos, all acoustic, they drive the teeming bistro bonhomie in a petit cafe and wherever they go."--Thomas Taylor, theater producer

"All in all, they are each one of them uniquely talented; as a collective, they are an astonishing juggernaut. What Beaucoup Chapeaux is up to in that little cafe helps knit our community."--Sands Hall, author, playwright, songwriter.

So, what is our music all about? On a Friday evening, looking into the window of a small American café, on the quaint main street of one of California's historic 19th century gold mining towns, you can't quite believe your eyes: People packed into every chair, at every table and counter seats, while dancers are doing some serious cutting up on a ridiculously small space (maybe 4'x15', between the tables and the counter seats), and sitting in the front window corner, four musicians are creating all this excitement, just burning up on accordion, banjo, bass clarinet, and oboe, eyes agleam, smiles lit, hair, fingers, arms, sweat flying. What's this? Clarinet and oboe with banjo and accordion? If you walk in the door, you'll be immediately engulfed by a joie de vivre that cannot and will not be denied.
That's what we do. It's a somewhat calculated yet kind and gentle knocking you on the side of your head, altering your reality, make you forget your cares and worries, yet providing enough inspiration to deal with them--when you think of them again. Our instruments include accordion, violin, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, tenor guitar, six string guitar, banjo, dobro, and four part vocal harmonies. Folk, country, bluegrass, classical, jazz, traditional music from many different cultures fuel us. Almost seven years together, and playing over 500 concerts has given us a very deep and easy connection to one another. We are thrilled that we're invited to perform at everything from weddings to classical music events to opening up for the likes of Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, and Aaron Neville. And, that on many Friday nights, you can still find us at that little café where we got our start.

"Together they create an atmosphere that some people call magic. It's like a voyage every Friday. Its alive!" --Genevieve Crouzet, owner, Nevada City Classic Cafe

"They are one of the great bands in the area. There is nobody else doing what they do and doing it with as much fun, gusto and just enjoyment as they do." --Mikail Graham, event and record producer

"This band is scary good -all virtuosos, all acoustic, they drive the teeming bistro bonhomie in a petit cafe and wherever they go."--Thomas Taylor, theater producer

"All in all, they are each one of them uniquely talented; as a collective, they are an astonishing juggernaut. What Beaucoup Chapeaux is up to in that little cafe helps knit our community."--Sands Hall, author, playwright, songwriter.

Maggie Rudy McKaig--

Beaucoup Chapeaux "boss" is Maggie McKaig. Her early musical career was based around her compelling voice, songwriting, and finger style guitar playing, which eventually led her into everything from the full tilt Alberta, Canada country band Calico (1976-1978), to the eclectic newgrass folk-rock music of Luke Wilson's band, Lost in the Colonies (1980-1990), which released one recording, the 1984 self titled "Lost in the Colonies". In 2003, McKaig recorded an album of her original music entitled "Grand Promenade". In 2004, with banjo/cittern player/vocalist Luke Wilson and singer/harpist/Irish flutist Shawn Prescott-Hassler, she started the Celtic ensemble, the Celtic Wonder Band, and recorded their one CD "Small Wonder" the same year. From 2006-2011 McKaig led the contemporary folk music quartet Storm Session (with Wilson, bassist Michael Zisman, and violinist oboist Murray Campbell). Storm Session recorded two albums: "Storm Sessions" in 2006, and "Edge of the World." in 2006. In 2009 she launched Beaucoup Chapeaux along with Wilson, Campbell, and clarinetist Randy McKean. In 2011 they released their first CD, "A Night At The Classic Café", and the newest, "This Music Heals Broken Hearts".
McKaig has performed with Native American songwriter and flutist (and two time Grammy winner) Mary Youngblood, Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, the late folksinger Utah Phillips, and Indian jazz fusion saxophonist George Brooks. In Nevada County, CA, where she makes her home, she has performed and/or recorded with violinist Margot Duxler, bassist Bill Douglass, new folk songstress Mariee Sioux, trombonist Ludi Hinrichs, harpist Lisa Stine, and singer/songwriters Sands Hall, Peter Wilson, and Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, and Ivan Najera.
As a composer of music for numerous San Francisco youth theatre organizations, McKaig has worked and/or performed with Miguel Santos, Monica Bermudez, Ricardo Diaz, Zakariya Diouf, Naomi Washington, Laura Elaine Ellis, Nader Shahin, Amina Goodyear, Susu Pampanin, Danny Duncan, Mestre Beicola, Mary Dollar, Jo Krieter, Aunty Linda Pi’ilani, Carlos Gonzalez, Ed Holmes, Janet Koike, Carolyn Brandy, Michelle Jordan, and Nat Keefe, among others.
A mother of two grown sons, McKaig lives with her husband Luke P. Wilson on a five acre farm near in Nevada City, CA.

Luke P. Wilson--

Luke P. Wilson has been playing music all his life, and performing professionally for 50 years. He spent the early 1970's in Europe, where he recorded for Capitol Records, and played with many fine musicians, most notably Major Wiley and Ron Paul Morin. Moving to Calgary, Alberta, in 1975, Wilson was one of Calgary's top session players for the ten years he lived there, and performed with many of Canada's finest musical artists, including Valdy, Ian Tyson, Diamond Joe White, Ken Hamm, members of Prairie Oyster, Ron Casat, Miles Jackson, Peter Marley, Bill Eaglesham, and the Backline Orchestra. From 1980-1985, his accomplished improvisational skills garnered him a job as an official "sideman" at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. While living in Calgary, he formed and led two bands; Buckdancer's Choice, and Lost in the Colonies, both of which performed on stages across Canada.
In 1985, Wilson moved to California with his wife and frequent musical partner, Maggie McKaig, and settled with their two sons near Nevada City. Since that time, he has performed with some of California's top folk musicians, including Utah Phillips and Alasdair Fraser, as well as numerous excellent and eclectic musical artists including Murray Campbell, Randy McKean, Michael Zisman, Bill Douglass, George Brooks, Saul Rayo, Kimberly Bass, Peter Wilson, and Tom MacDonald. Since 2009 Wilson has played tenor guitar and plectrum banjo in the world music ensemble Beaucoup Chapeaux.
Wilson is also a luthier, and operates his shop, Wolfnote Studio, next door to his home, where he builds, restores, and repairs all manner of stringed musical instruments.

Murray Campbell--

From Carlops, Scotland, Murray Campbell moved to Nevada County in 2005, and has performed with Beaucoup Chapeaux since 2009. He's recorded with many Northern Californian musicians, including Lisa Mezzacappa, Paul Kamm and Eleanor MacDonald, Kipchoge Spencer, Jon Wondergem, Issac James, Vermillion Lies, Storm Sessions, the Belfry Brothers, and Bristle. Aside from his considerable skill as a violinist, Campbell has a degree in mathematical physics, studied in the Hague, and is classically trained on oboe and English horn. Making his home in Nevada County, CA, he performs with a number of Northern California orchestras, including Auburn Symphony, InConcert Sierra, the North State Orchestra, and Sacramento's Camellia Symphony. Campbell can also teach traditional Scottish social dances and play the heck out of reels, jigs, hornpipes, and slip jigs on his fiddle.


Randy McKean--

Alto saxophonist/clarinetist Randy McKean is a multifaceted musician. McKean carries on the tradition of those performer/composers who have revitalized creative music from the inside out, drawing upon its rich history of ideas to produce his own unique forms of expression. Taking sax heroes Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Eric Dolphy and Ornette Coleman as initial reference points, McKean’s music draws upon methods of distillation and synthesis pioneered by composers such as Anthony Braxton and Iannis Xenakis in order to fashion an individualized but systematically coherent musical world. Not only music but a multitude of sources inform McKean’s work: the abstract expressionist films of Stan Brakhage and the paintings of Mark Rothko, the multi-tiered writings of Julio Cortazar, Alain Robbe-Grillet and Philip K. Dick, concepts from chaos theory and modern physics, all have influenced his use of form and representation. Motivic and transformational devices such as “articulation zones,” “ghost tones” and “rhythm molds” are at work in McKean’s music, which includes compositions for symphony orchestra, woodwind quintet, string quartet, and saxophone quartet.
McKean leads or co-leads several bands, including the chamber jazz quartet Bristle, the saxophone quartet Goggle, the improv trio Pluck Vim Vigour, the avant-folk duo Sawbones, the acoustic-electronics duos Wild Horsey Ride, Zap!, and The Gargantius Effect, and his latest project, the power trio Moch Mach I. McKean’s releases include the CDs Wild Horsey Ride, Bristle’s Bulletproof (Edgetone), 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). He studied with trumpeter Paul Smoker and composers Anthony Braxton, David Rosenboom, and Maggi Payne.
McKean currently lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Grass Valley, CA, where he performs with numerous bands--including of course world music ensemble Beaucoup Chapeaux, with whom he has performed since 2009.

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