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Les Chaudes Lapins, French Swing (1920-1940)

Les Chauds Lapins

Les Chauds Lapins (“the hot rabbits”), led by Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt, specialize in a repertoire of French swing from the 1920s through the 40s. The group has re-arranged long-forgotten French classics, mixing the rootsiness of early American jazz with the lushness of a Bernard Hermann film soundtrack. Like the French models they emulate, Les Chauds Lapins take their music off the grid. Their arrangements contrast scored strings and horns with vintage fretted instruments, most notably banjo ukuleles, a hybrid instrument popular in the 20s and 30s. By mixing the American quirkiness of banjo-ukes with the narrative versatility of a string trio, they remain faithful to the inventive spirit of the original songs and give them a luster that eschews quaintness.

When: Feb 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Where:
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
Type:
Encore
Contact:
Box Office
Phone: (607) 735-1853
email: boxoffice@elmira.edu