For over a decade, Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this award-winning band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as a global ambassador of Francophone culture.
Vishtèn comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse. All three were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to these traditions and to the strong musical connections between their two Acadian communities.
From their traditional roots, these “high voltage musicians” (Le Guéret, France) have crafted a unique brand of neo-traditional music that combines extensive archival research, original compositions, traditional French Acadian songs and virtuosic instrumentals. The infectious rhythms of tapping feet and lilting mouth music blend seamlessly with the fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán and jaw harp to offer a musical experience that has been described as “Buckwheat Zydeco meets the Irish” (Pittsburgh News). Vishtèn has been praised for “[wrapping] up those musical traditions in a bright wrapper that has the heft of tradition but the exuberance of pop” (SingOut!).