Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot’s inspired mix of global influences will create a joyous musical melting pot, an opportunity to journey far from home without leaving town in a cabaret-style evening at the Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth Ave., Livermore, on Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each. They are available by going to lvpac.org, calling 925-373-6800, or visiting 2400 First St., Livermore
Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that is truly international. 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 14, 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 and themed drinks including Prosecco and assorted teas will be added to the standard bar menu. The fun cabaret vibe within the casual atmosphere of the Bothwell will provide the perfect setting for this enchanting musical journey.
Fichot 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.
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.