The unclassifiable, richly imagined THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE—a fantastical caper involving the Tour de France, the French Mafia, a kidnapping, and a wily grandmother and her faithful dog—becomes a wild spectacle featuring dancing, singing, foley sound effects, and the original hot swing score performed live by its composer Benoît Charest and his 9-piece Orchestre Terrible de Belleville band. The film was nominated for two Oscars (Best Animated Feature, Best Song) in 2003 and remains among the most bizarre and enchanting animated films ever made. Along with the Oscar nod, the score won the Montréal born, Berklee trained Charest a César Award for Best Music Written for a Film, a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music, and a Grammy nomination.
JESSICA FICHOT, whose “sound is cosmic cabaret, a delicious blend of acoustic styles delivered with syncopated verve,” (SF Chronicle) opens the show. The chanteuse/songwriter draws from her French/Chinese/American heritage and her youth in Paris to create a delicious blend of French chanson, gypsy jazz, and international folk.