Quinn Bachand’s Brishen – CD Release Concert
“Thrilling virtuosity, while displaying great freshness and originality” – Mojo Magazine
“He has the depth and maturity to match his unending virtuosity and aptitude on the guitar.” – John Jorgenson
“I have yet to meet anyone that is more creative, musically expressive and technically skilled as Quinn Bachand, and his unique abilities make him one of a kind.” – Ashley MacIsaac
The evolution of a young musician is something beautiful to behold. Every blue moon, when this rate of growth seems exponential, the experience is nothing if not exciting. Victoria, BC’s own Quinn Bachand has evolved at such a rate – a natural musician, invested of both body and soul in his quest for musical perfection in many facets. From age 11, he was demonstrating his abilities on the acoustic guitar around the world, playing traditional music with Daniel Lapp, Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. By age 17, Quinn was playing over a dozen instruments, recording and producing albums with his sister Qristina, garnering the siblings a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition including two Irish Music Awards.
Ever the bold musical voyageur, Quinn has invested his love of swing jazz in particular with the 2013 release of his band and same-named debut CD, Brishen (Romany for “bringer of the storm”). Aptly titled, the gale force success of this debut tells the tale – resulting in noteworthy recognition for Quinn, including five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations, the Saga Djangofest Award, a Western Canada Music Award nomination, an “Emerging Artist” spot with the RBC Canada’s Walk of Fame, 5 nomination at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, not to mention a full ride, 4 year Slaight Family scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Brishen’s forward trajectory continues with the 2017 release of Blue Verdun, further showcasing Quinn’s instrumental prowess and inventive compositions across an 8-track exposé that channels the genius of Charlie Christian & Benny Goodman while blurring the lines between traditional jazz, latter day pop and western swing. With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen introduces a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving you with a sense of jubilance and nostalgia. Quinn steers Brishen on an inventive quest which, through its technical virtuosity, brings together a spellbinding range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country that celebrates the music of the ‘30s, up to and including the ‘60s. Acclaimed American jazz and bluegrass musician, Matt Glaser, claims Blue Verdun offers a glimpse into a “psychedelic, kaleidoscopic musical world that you’ve never heard before”, unearthing “various epochs of pop music, film music, gypsy jazz, western swing”, while demonstrating Quinn’s “instrumental virtuosity on guitar and violin, storytelling, songs, amazing arrangements, and a dance band sensibility that almost sounds like it came from another planet”.
With youth like this, the future is indeed in good hands.