acoustic guitars, fiddle
was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2
old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances.
His parents played dance music in community halls in beautiful
farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people
gathering for celebration has been with
him for his whole life.
loves to collaborate with friends (musicians). His most recent
collaboration is with Eivør Pálsdóttir from
the Faroe Islands. He produced
and performed on Eivør's third solo CD, 'eivør'.
The recording won double at the Danish Music Awards Folk in 2006.
Other collaborations: with Alan MacLeod, Shannon Johnson, Hans
Staymer and Andreas Schuld, and Lester Quitzau & Madagascar
Slim, as well as his solo projects, have all attained award status
multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, Bill has received international
acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A mainstay on
the international roots scene, life on the road is reflected in
Bill's music - powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in
World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Funk, Poetry
vocals, slide guitars, acoustic and electric guitars, kalimba
Quitzau hails from Edmonton and comes from a Dutch/Danish family.
The Canadian city was also the place where he paid his dues. A
fixture in the bars on the citys North Side with hard-drinking
blues bands like the Slipping Lizards or Yard Dogs, Lester has
come out as a blues player on his own with the JUNO-nominated
album A BIG LOVE from 1996. On this record, he successfully presented
his own version of the blues with original music marked by a sense
of innovation and deep blues feeling. Lester Quitzau is certainly
not a blues purist but a sensitive modern player, whose work is
dominated by a sense of texture, space and openness. Inspired
by the honesty of the blues, hes not interested in music as a
museum piece but in the authenticity and timelessness of the blues
as a musical force of the present.
vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, valiha
in line with the blues tradition, this man from Antananarivo/Madagascar
has chosen a moniker as his "blues name". A Toronto
resident since 1979, Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Longin (thats
his full name) is a good example for a truly bi-cultural artist.
The musical worlds of the African island have only been discovered
in recent years, with high-profile Western artists like Henry
Kaiser and David Lindley travelling there to dig up and present
traditional and modern Malagassy music to the world. A beautiful
music that is certainly part of Madagascar Slims genetic make-up
as well. An expert in the popular "Salegy" dance style
featuring intricate fingerpicking patterns, his life was changed
forever when coming across the music of Jimi Hendrix. He has been
inflicted with the blues virus ever since. Speaking of his own
music, Slim likes to use the expression "Malagassy Blues".
An expression right to the point, as his playing features blues
riffs and African rhythms going hand in hand. His 99 solo effort
OMNISOURCE made waves on the Canadian blues and world music scene
and he received a JUNO award for it. On TRI-CONTINENTAL, the man
is also featured playing the vahila, a special zither from Madagascar
made from bamboo. As is the case with Hawaiian music, traditional
music from Madagascar draws on highly individual open tunings
most of the time.