ACADIAN TRAD | FOLK FUSION
- NEW ALBUM AND SHOW HORIZONS
- « Artiste francophone de l’année » - Music PEI Awards 2020
- « Recording of the Year - Folk/Trad » - ECMA 2019
- Winner of three Music PEI Awards 2019
- 3 nominations - Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020
Territories: World (management), Canada (booking)
Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn has been recognized worldwide as an ambassador of francophone culture. The Canadian band has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences.
With members hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline region and the most remote reaches of Québec – the windswept Magdalen Islands – twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to create a sophisticated sonic signature that combines tight vocal harmonies, layered foot percussion, and virtuoso acoustic instrumentation. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour de force of traditional and contemporary music.
Performing and teaching extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. The group has released five award-winning albums, the latest winner of the 2016 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.
Vishtèn has performed thousands of shows at international festivals and venues, from the Vancouver Olympics (BC) to New Orleans Jazz Festival (US), from the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (FR) to Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), and their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) as well as in films, including the Canadian-Japanese production Finding Anne and Québec biopic Louis Cyr (2013).
Horizons features a combination of original compositions that, faithful to Vishtèn’s signature style, amalgamate current and traditional musical genres, as well as traditional Acadian texts and tunes. The contagious rhythm of Vishtèn’s foot percussion and mouth music continue to merge effortlessly with the violin, guitar, accordion, mandolin, flutes, piano, bodhrán, and jaw harp, offering a musical experience that illustrates their vision of the world all while demonstrating the richness of traditional sounds.
For this new album, the artists have chosen to go one step further by featuring new instruments such as the electric guitar and piano as well as extended jigs and catchy song melodies in a variety of styles, all while maintaining their usual rooted sound.
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Traditional but fiercely up-to-the-moment."
[wrapping] up those musical traditions in a bright wrapper that has the heft of tradition but the exuberance of pop..."
Sing Out!, USA
…a patchwork of styles, from tunes to chansons, folk to funk, with great harmonies and bags of bass […] Instrumentally this is a class act. Vishtèn have all the bounce and bravado of Quebec music, plus the soulful melodies of the Acadian tradition. They also take inspiration from Scottish and Irish traditions… all three members compose like crazy, and produce some wonderfully wild music."
Living Traditions, UK