June 2009 : Fabrice Sicco [fr]
It seems Fabrice was destined to be an accordionist virtuoso. His uncle accompanied the most famous French singers know to us in the second half of the 20th century : Brel, Mouloudji, Juliette Gréco ; and his father also loved to play the accordion, though he had to part with his favourite instrument, quite unwillingly, to buy a suit and make a living in the business world. Fabrice just knew snippets of those stories but those notes of the past could not let the young man indifferent to music.
As a teenager, he discovered the guitar, the saxophone and also became fond of piano. It’s only around the age of thirty, while he had already been settled in Canada for several years, that he touched his first accordion, which his mother-in-law had brought back by from a Cuban attic. Intrigued, he explored this instrument which seemed surprisingly familiar and learnt on his own how to make it sounds. Fabrice quickly developed a passion for this weird cube. With a keen musical hear, he easily adopted his new instrument ; with some friends, Fabrice created Club Django, a jazz band with which he performed several years at various festivals in the GTA.
Nowadays, he plays within a new quartet : Swing Valse, which by the way will be showing at the Rex (194 Queen Street West), on June 28th during the Toronto Jazz Festival. Fabrice also performs regularly at private functions, bringing to his hosts a little bit of Paris, on this side of the Atlantic. Thus, the audience just has to close their eyes and let themselves bath in the strains of the melody to see the Eiffel Tower, appearing in the distance, immersing themselves in the hectic streets of the Quartier Latin. « For Canadians, accordion is a typical French instrument and they don’t consider it as obsolete and out of date » he explains. They know how to enjoy every second of it !
In France, the rebirth of this instrument appeared along with a new generation of musicians in their efforts to resurrect accordion and make it their own. Gipsy jazz and French music bands in particular have revamped accordion and brought it back in the news, like in the grande époque of French jazz, when the accordion had naturally found its place among strings and brass. Fabrice is unmistakably part of this new wave of passionate musicians who dare to explore, venture out and allow the accordion to express itself, no matter what trends and fashion dictate…