Spring 2017 Tour Bio
Spring brings “OQO feat. Nightingale” to Western Canada. The addition of Nightingale’s unassuming grounded presence and her terrifyingly good music to the bands sound makes this collaboration a vivid experience. (#Violin, #Accordion, #Opera, # Doublebass, #Loops, #Harmony, #Psychedelic #Cinematic)
OQO means balance. This coastal Canadian trio sounds like a ménage-a-six between Yann Tiersen, Sigur Rós, Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Cinematic Orchestra and Phillip Glass. The band writes original, cinematic, operatic folklore for Accordion, Violin, Voice and Contrabass.
OQO is Ian Griffiths on Accordion, Keith Rodger on Upright Bass and Jacques Mindreau on Violin and Voice.
OQO is made up of members from two prominent Canadian folk bands, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra and Krasnogorsk. Originally a duo, OQO began as a collaboration between Accordionist, Songwriter Ian Griffiths and Violinist, Composer, Vocal Virtuoso Jacques Mindreau. The pair were joined in 2014 by Mount Royal University Jazz Performance graduate Keith Rodger on Upright Bass.
OQO toured the Kingdom of Cambodia in January and February of 2015 a trip that would take them on a 500km motorcycle adventure through the South East Asian country side and to the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat where the band performed and shot a music video. The group’s first Asian Tour the opened their eyes to extreme disparity and but also the resilience of the human spirit and the ability for art to empower. They performed at orphanages, schools in poor neighborhoods and taught music to disadvantaged youth at Music Arts School in the nations capital Phnom Penh.
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“We love OQO’s music and the level of professionalism that they bring to our festival.”
Artistic Director, Tiny Lights Festival
“Was so great to see OQO and hear their lively lovely music.”
-David Jacob Harder
Artistic Director, Arts Wells Festival
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