Singing in both English and French, Canadian-Californian songcrafter and multi-instrumentalist Madeline Tasquin weaves nimbly from jazz-tinged folk to odd-meter soul, from twisted pop ballad to delicately dark fairy-tale. Raised in Quesnel, British Columbia by her opera singer mother and Austrian gold-miner father, Tasquin began playing the piano as soon as she could reach the keys and developed her acute sense of harmony by singing on long car trips as a child with her mother and two younger sisters. In her teenagehood, Primus and Mr.Bungle played on repeat alongside Rachmaninoff, Satie and Chopin. After completing a degree in Architecture in Sydney Australia, she returned to her musical roots upon relocating to Berkeley in 2006 and has since picked up the concert ukulele and gypsy guitar.
Tasquin honed her performance skills, and tamed her stagefright, through four years as the front-woman of the Oakland-based polyrhythmic funk/rock band Antioquia. Since beginning her solo career in 2011 and releasing her debut Another Trip Around The Sun in 2012, Tasquin has pushed herself to dive deeper into her own sound. Her songs carry with them the classical and folk traditions she absorbed from her mother, the groove-oriented collaborative spirit of the rock band, and her signature odd-metered blues and soul, creating a genre-defying music – often labeled jazz – that is compelling and captivating, and features her inspiring voice singing in both English and French about the natural world, the cosmos and her fervent belief in the inherent creative power of humanity.
“…a creative tour de force.”
—Tony DuShane, [Bandwidth] SF Chronicle.
A sophistication and a range of style that is positively captivating.
—Dirty Impound Music Blog, Top 12 Debuts of 2012
A creative torrent...
—Dennis Cook, Jambase.com
“Her songs are at once delicate and exuberant, misty and adventurous, like a
ride in a hot air balloon.”
—Oaktown Indie Mayhem