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Music in Mandarin: Jessica Fichot, band to perform in Truckee

Staff report
With more than 100 children's songs published in a dozen countries, Jessica Fichot (seen here with her band) also composes music for many children's educational programs.
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Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: worldly, seductive, sassy, and ever-ripe for revolution.

So what better place for a renaissance than Truckee?

With a French/Chinese/American upbringing and a pioneering spirit all her own, Fichot has brought the exotic charms of her imagination to audiences across the world, the next of which will be the crowd at Moodys at 10007 Bridge St. in Truckee.

Backed by a fiery band — PJ Wyderka (upright bass), Adrien Prévost (guitar) and Sylvain Carton (clarinet, sax) — and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals, Fichot will perform a free show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20.

Fichot’s first albums, “Le Chemin” and “Le Secret,” offer a beguiling musical tour of French chanson, gypsy jazz and folk, captivating listeners with an international savvy and a cross-cultural whimsy that’s utterly infectious.

Her latest musical adventure, “Dear Shanghai,” is an ambitious and intoxicating celebration of the swing-era sounds of her mother’s hometown.

Sung entirely in Mandarin Chinese, Fichot’s winning covers of 1940s Shanghai jazz gems (from exotic rumbas and pop classics to lovelorn ballads and joyful swing numbers) conspire with her own inspired originals to turn listeners on to the musical terrain of a bygone era half a world away.

Visit jessicasongs.com to learn more Fichot and her band; visit moodysbistro.com to learn more about Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats.