Briga (Québec/Poland) www.brigamusic.wordpress.com
The daughter of a Polish father and a Québecoise mother, Briga’s music is a reflection of a fragmented identity: a hybrid of songs written in French and English, guided by her fervent violin and firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep. Everything in regards to Briga is drenched in duality. Her music is deeply influenced by Balkan music as well as progressive sounds, her songs and stories of unlikely heroes and beautiful stars. She travelled the Balkans playing Romani (Gypsy) weddings receiving inspiration for the music she plays today. Briga is supported by her Montreal-based quartet: Alix Guéry (accordion & keys), Tacfarinas Kichou (bindir, darbouka, ryk, guellal), Marton Maderspach (fiddle, tupan, drums), and Jérémi Roy (bass).