B-B16_5553_HRBETTY BONIFASSI

 

About

She needs no introduction, but here is her story. Betty Bonifassi became known with The Triplets of Belleville, her collaboration with DJ Champion, and the duo Beast. She is undoubtedly one of Canada’s great voices and exudes a magnetism that is unreal!

She released her debut album on September 23, 2014 with the Montreal-based L-A be label. In collaboration with Jean François Lemieux (production and bass), Benjamin Vigneault (drums) and Alex Mac Mahon (production and keyboards), Betty’s ambitious album (which began as music research for Steinbeck’s play Of Mice and Men) pays tribute to African-American prisoners’ songs from the 1920s collected by ethno-musicologist Alan Lomax in the Southern US states. These chants helped to maintain the pace of the unbearable and inhuman work.


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Biography

She needs no introduction, but here is her story. Betty Bonifassi became known with The Triplets of Belleville, her collaboration with DJ Champion, and the duo Beast. She is undoubtedly one of Canada’s great voices and exudes a magnetism that is unreal!

She  released her debut album on September 23, 2014 with the Montreal-based L-A be label. In collaboration with Jean François Lemieux (production and bass), Benjamin Vigneault (drums) and Alex Mac Mahon (production and keyboards), Betty’s ambitious album (which began as music research for Steinbeck’s play Of Mice and Men) pays tribute to African-American prisoners’ songs from the 1920s in the Southern US states. These chants helped to maintain the pace of the unbearable and inhuman work.

These songs are what inspired this project, a modern reinterpretation of a work that has already been largely archived by the Lomax family. Alan Lomax (1915—2002), a famous ethnomusicologist, folklorist, musicologist and collector of American music, collected music from the United States, Caribbean, and European nations, which influenced this music. He archived folklore for 52 years.

This album captures the very essence of Betty Bonifassi. She perfectly conveys the intensity of the emotion, pain, and hope in these slave songs, alternating between a range of styles: blues, soul, funk, electronic and rock, adding this extraordinary voice to the mix. From the first single, the haunting rendition of Whoa Buck followed by the hypnotic Grizzly Bear through to the surreal Black Betty, Betty Bonifassi’s album contains 12 great songs of hope (including 2 original works) which will make…history.

In an interview with Sylvain Cormier of Le Devoir, before her performance at the last Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Betty summed it up best: “I have finally found a way to express what has been forever on my mind, what I’ve wanted to achieve in all my projects, The Triplets of Belleville, DJ Champion, Beast, 30 years of music! I’ve been searching for this all my life, and now I have it in my hands! My own in vitro mix!”

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Jun 3, 2017 PVDFest Get Info/Tix
Providence, RI USA Downtown Providence
Time TBD  
Jul 3, 2017  
Toronto, ON CANADA Nathan Phillips Square
7:15PM  
Oct 13, 2017  
Fairfield, CT USA Quick Center for the Arts
9:00 PM (TBD)  
Oct 14, 2017  
Fairfield, CT USA Quick Center for the Arts
9:00 PM (TBD)  

Tour History

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2017
Mar 18, 2017 Venue Info
Marseille, FRANCE Docks des Suds
9:30PM  
Mar 15, 2017 Riot Nights @ SXSW Venue Info
Austin, TX USA Speakeasy
10:00PM  
2016
Aug 13, 2016 Wanderlust Festival Venue Info
Mont Tremblant, Quebec CANADA Scene Principale - Main Stage
8:00 PM  
2015
Jan 12, 2015 RIOT NIGHTS! Venue Info
New York, NY USA Le Poisson Rouge
11:25 PM  

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Press

MONTREAL GAZETTE
Betty Bonifassi is no newcomer to the music world, but she’s never released an album of her own. Until now. And the self-titled collection out on Tuesday was 16 years in the making.

EXCLAIM
There’s a reason she’s been the vocalist for multiple projects, including her Grammy-nominated work on the soundtrack to Les Triplettes de Belleville, because Bonifassi believes in her voice as an instrument, and treats it as such.

METRO JOURNAL
Dès les premières chansons, on est envoûté. Par la voix hypnotique et puissante de Bonifassi, bien sûr, mais aussi par le propos.

BIBLE URBAINE
Les influences de la douce à la voix suave sont nombreuses et on se fait plaisir à découvrir la richesse de ses explorations. Librement et ambitieusement inspirée des chants des esclaves africains qu’a su archiver Alan Lomax, voilà que Betty Bonifassi insuffle tour à tour toute l’inventivité de sa créativité visionnaire.

BRBR
Le projet a été travaillé sur Chants d’esclaves, chants d’espoirs, en labo au Centre Phi, puis sur scène au dernier Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, pour, enfin, aboutir à ce chef-d’œuvre.

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