Quinn Bachand- Guitar
Rhythm section TBA
Twenty year old Quinn Bachand is one of Canada's most outstanding young musicians. With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is an experienced performer, a prodigious guitar player and gifted multi-instrumentalist who is at ease playing a wide range of styles, from Celtic to Jazz. A devoted Django fan and lover of Gypsy Jazz, Quinn has assembled a top-notch ensemble of jazz manouche players to form BRISHEN, a sizzling hot gypsy jazz and swing band.
Some musicians work tirelessly, applying themselves 'round-the-clock in their bid for perfection while others are simply born into it. Quinn Bachand - of the musical Bachand family from Victoria, Canada - is a natural - throwing both body and soul into becoming the best musician he can possibly be. From the early days of performing with his equally talented sister, Qristina, the then 11-year old wunderkind turned heads through his jaw-dropping abilities on acoustic guitar. Countless nominations and awards would follow the sibling powerhouse as they released three albums in 7 years, heavily focused on traditional Celtic roots music and making a name for it across the world stage. The duo have garnered a mantle-packing collection of national and international awards including two Irish Music Awards (2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo).
Their latest release, Little Hinges, reveals a restless spirit as Quinn, now 20, contributes his mastery on over a dozen instruments, sings for the first time and plays an integral role in the studio as the pair take their traditional expertise to a bold new frontier - staking their claim with more inventive fare destined to enlarge their audience. The album, which was released in January 2015, has garnered a nomination at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards for Roots Recording of the Year.
Ever the bold voyageur, Quinn also invested his love of gypsy jazz with the 2013 release of his band and same named CD, Brishen. Far from held back by any Celtic restrictions one might imagine, his instrumental prowess explodes across the 15-track eye-opener with the magic of both Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt - ultimately bringing home five 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards, as if he'd been swinging his way through Parisien Hot Clubs all his young life. Quite a stretch for the classically-trained violinist who by age 14 had reached the highest level and received top marks from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
This old-soul master, when not jumping from acoustic guitar to bouzouki, Hammnd B3 to clawhammer banjo/tenor banjo, fiddle and percussion while singing lead or harmonies, is a sought after side man (Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster), popular guitar instructor and in demand recording session player. Quinn has recorded all the Celtic guitar, Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, clawhammer banjo and bodhran tracks for the popular software program Band-in-a-Box. Yet his quest for music and learning never stops. Having recently won the Slaight Family Scholarship (4-year ful ride) to Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Quinn proves a restless rogue, working towards a Brishen follow up while burning up the world's festival stages as he promotes Little Hinges, his latest album with sister Qristina. Don't try to guess where he'll turn up next - he's bound to surprise you all over again.