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Event Archive - Under Paris Skies: La Musique d'Edith Piaf: Edie DaPonte, Karel Roessingh, Joey Smith, Jonathan Eng, Aaron Watson

Sat. September 29th 2018 Kay Meek Centre West Vancouver BC (All Ages)
7:30 doors at 7
35/40/45
Tickets at: Kay Meek Centre
Presented by: Edie Daponte
With her characteristic charm, exquisite musicianship and powerful vocals, chanteuse Edie DaPonte brings Edith Piaf to life for an unforgettable evening of music! Edith Piaf, beloved by millions, gave her last performance at the Paris Olympia in 1963. Her unique voice and passion evoke a time and place for listeners, of Europe before and after the war, and of a life filled with tragedy and endurance. In homage, Edie Daponte presents Under Paris Skies – La Musique d’Edith Piaf; a night of music and entertainment inspired by Paris. Widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, Edie will perform many of Piaf’s soulful and emotional numbers with a full live-band. "Non Je Ne Regrette Rien", "La Vie en Rose", "Sous le Ciel de Paris", "Milord", and many more, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French numbers. She’ll also be mixing in some of Edith Piaf’s English songs and a few more that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre – inspired by a recent trip to Paris.

Channelling Piaf, with her rich timbre and captivating stage presence, Edie aims for a completely authentic experience and her experienced band helps create the atmosphere of an intimate Parisian theatre. Joining Edie are long-time collaborator Joey Smith on bass, and Vancouver Island favourites Karel Roessingh on piano, Jonathan Eng on drums and filling the important role of accordionist, Aaron Watson. These talented musicians all have long careers in the B.C. jazz scene.

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Edie DaPonte (Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin)

Anyone who has seen her perform will know that Edie Daponte brings the element of surprise to every show! Her range and repertoire travel far and wide crossing musical genres and spanning multiple decades and languages. She's equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or on an outdoor festival stage, having established a reputation in the music ... more info

Karel Roessingh (Jazz, folk, pop and blues)

Karel Roessingh is a composer, arranger, producer and musician who has written scores for over five hundred television episodes, and many award-winning films, documentaries, and promotional videos.  He has recorded and produced more than sixteen of his own CDs, including several for the Canadian Naturescapes series distributed world-wide, two jazz... more info

Joey Smith

*After touring for two and a half years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as bassist and arranger, Joey Smith was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, N.Y. to pursue graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. For the past 18 years he has been bassist for many local groups and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Vi... more info