Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot’s mix of global influences will create a musical melting pot, an opportunity to journey far from home without leaving town in a cabaret-style evening at the Bothwell Arts Center on July 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French-Chinese-American upbringing, Fichot’s music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener out of the French chanson tradition, through the lands of gypsy jazz, retro Chinese swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination.
On July 14th, which is celebrated in France as Bastille Day, both Fichot’s French and Chinese roots will flavor the multicultural style of the event at the Bothwell. Small sweets such as madeleines, almond cookies, fortune cookies and macarons will be offered at the café tables. Themed drinks, including Prosecco and assorted teas, will be added to the standard bar menu. Tickets for the evening are just $20 each.
Fichot’s vibrant acoustic music has been hailed as “a glittering testament to multiculturalism” by The Los Angeles Times and she has performed for audiences in China, Mexico, North America and Western Europe. She sings her engaging songs in French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English, while performing on the accordion and toy piano, backed by a fiery band of talented musicians on woodwinds, bass, guitar and percussion.
Born in upstate New York to a Chinese mother and French father, Fichot spent her youth in and around Paris. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music, polishing her songwriting skills by composing children's songs for a local children's theater. Since then, more than a hundred of her children's songs have become part of dedicated English as a Second Language (ESL) programs worldwide.
Fichot released her first album, “Le Chemin,” in 2007 and followed it with “Le Secret” a mesmerizing mix of French chanson, folk, gypsy jazz and world music. “Dear Shanghai,” her most recent release, was praised by The Los Angeles Weekly as “completely modern tunes that evoke the feel of a bygone time and place, where the cultures of east and west collide in unexpected ways.” Sung in Mandarin Chinese, the EP is an intoxicating mix of 1940s Shanghai jazz gems, Mandopop classics and her own inspired original songs.
The cabaret evening with Jessica Fichot on July 14 is the third in a new series of concerts offered at the Bothwell by Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and are designed to feature smaller groups and innovative artists in an intimate, less structured setting.
The Bothwell Arts Center is located at 2466 Eighth Avenue, Livermore. Tickets are available online at lvpac.org, call 925-373-6800, or visit 2400 First Street, Livermore.