Fresh of another Juno Award win, this time for Best Jazz Album (Group) of the year, Jane Bunnett has announced a return to North Hastings on June 27th for a show at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft. Touring with her all-female sextet Maqueque, Bunnett is sure to delight fans of Afro-Cuban jazz as she and Maqueque soulfully blend tight Afro-Cuban rhythms, exhilarating jazz, and soulful vocals into a show that will have you dancing in the aisles of the Village Playhouse.
Vocalist Daymé Arocena, percussionist Magdelys Savigne, drummer Yissy García, bassist and tres guitarist Yusa, pianist Danae Olano, and bassist Celia Jimenez join five-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy® Award-nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Jane Bunnett, to unleash a wall of music on Bancroft.
Maqueque translates to “the spirit of a young girl,” and the youthfulness of the band is refreshing but Bunnett holds her space with strength at centre stage, surrounded by and guiding this powerful ensemble. The flow of musical energy between the women is mesmerizing and every note is communicated intuitively, teased out and delivered with style.
The band is made up of young women that have been mentored by Bunnett and her husband, musician Larry Cramer. The two have spent a great deal of time in Cuba but this project was the first to have an all-female focus.
For those who have gone year after year to hear Bunnett and her varied musical guests at different locations around North Hastings, it’s easy to be drawn into the music. Bunnett’s new award-winning album features an opening track called “Papineau,” that was written after Bunnett was taken by local journalist Barry Hendry to see a very special waterfall on Papineau Lake.
Bunnett has strong ties to this area thanks to a Lake St. Peter cottage that has been in the family forever. Thanks to this cottage, Bunnett is willing to return to this area year after year, bringing the most disparate international musicians into the craziness of rural Ontario, overcoming language and cultural barriers in the process and leaving fans waiting for her return each summer.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque play the Village Playhouse on Saturday, June 27. Tickets are $35 and are available at Harvest Moon or online at boxofficebancroft.com. The event is a fundraiser for the Village Playhouse Repair Fund and is organized by Hospice North Hastings. This is an age of majority event.