MADELINE TASQUIN TRADING CO. (Oakland / Vancouver)
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 sense of harmony by singing on long car trips as a child with her mother and two younger sisters. In her teenagehood, Primus and Mahavishnu Orchestra played on repeat alongside Rachmaninoff, Satie and Chopin; a confluence of the cerebral and the romantic that clearly influenced her songwriting. After completing a degree in Architecture in Sydney Australia, Tasquin returned to her musical roots when she moved to Berkeley in 2006, and has since folded the ukulele and guitar into her performance. Tasquin honed her performance skills 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 that is compelling and captivating, and features her inspiring voice singing in both English and French about the natural world, the cosmos and the business of being human.
Madeline Tasquin Trading Company is a recent merger of musical minds. Oakland native Giulio Xavier Cetto is an accomplished young bassist, composer and vocalist who supports Madeline’s music beautifully with his passion for harmony and arrangement, and has taken an active role in musical direction since joining the project. Born & raised in California’s Central Valley, Mike “Wolf” Quigg is a wildly creative and melodic percussionist. He also sings beautifully and hops on the banjo to complement the folkier aspects of Tasquin’s music