Primary Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist
Armed with four languages and an array of instruments, Jessica Fichot is making world music that's truly universal.
Drawing from her multinational background, Jessica has created a fusion of French chanson, gypsy jazz, vocal jazz and cabaret. The result is a unique sound that bridges past and present styles, evoking an ageless quality accentuated by Jessica's soft, pure vocals. Composed primarily in French and English, but adding Chinese and Spanish covers to her live repertoire, Jessica's multilingual music pays tribute to her international influences.
Born in upstate New York to a French father and Chinese mother, Jessica was raised in France, where she started performing in local Parisian venues at age 14, chasing her dream through coffeehouses and into music school. After learning technique and theory from the School of Audio Engineering and the American School of Modern Music, Jessica returned to the U.S. to focus her creative talents on songwriting at Berklee College of Music. After graduation, Jessica's career took an unexpected direction, as she was hired to write and produce children's songs for educational programs. Commissioned to write a total of over 100 songs, Jessica's music also been published in over a dozen countries.
Returning to more adult songwriting, Jessica was determined to push beyond the standard drum, bass and guitar sound. Already handling the vocals, piano, trumpet and toy accordion herself, Jessica assembled a talented group of musicians who shared her eclectic vision: Kayta Matsuno (guitar and glockenspiel), Gabe Noel (acoustic bass), August Emile (drums) and Dave Wilson (clarinet, flute and sax).
The result is a unique debut album Le Chemin, which takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, through the classic American repertoire, and off into the wilderness of her imagination.
Fusing styles and languages and accompanied by musicians as eclectic as they are elite, Jessica's unique style and musical vision is ready to be unveiled.
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