WHO: Cloé Bernard and Eddie Paton
WHAT: A CD Release of RENDEZ-VOUS
WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West / 416 588 0307
WHEN: Thursday, October 24 @ 8:00 pm /Doors @ 6:30 pm
TICKETS: Adv. $15 /Door $17 Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
Cloral Mosaic Productions proudly presents RENDEZ-VOUS, the stunning collaboration between dynamic French vocalist Cloé Bernard and award-winning, JUNO-nominated guitarist Eddie Paton, most notably of the Toronto band Sultans of String. Combining and also alternating between Latin-inspired jazz and folk/pop, together they have produced an excellent CD to be released on Thursday, October 24 at Toronto’s hotbed of talent, Lula Lounge.
Two impressive talents with two unique styles unite in this delightful and passionate collection of songs that stir the emotions and cheer the heart. Some may call the music sunny folk /pop and others may call it sultry Latin jazz, but this aptly-named album RENDEZ-VOUS is both; the place where these two artists and their individual styles meet. With this winning combination, the album is already making remarkable strides in the U.S with licensing deals and airplay.
It was studio/record label Cloral Mosaic Productions that brought these two superb musicians together. Cloé, having spent years fronting big bands with brass sections and performing at major festivals in Quebec, throughout Ontario and the U.S. (specifically in the Napa Valley area), is already a 25-year veteran in the music industry. She is married to Real Gratton, co-owner of Cloral Mosaic, who also produced the album. Gratton is a talented musician in his own right, often playing as a duet with Cloé.
Eddie, who had gained a considerable reputation as a versatile guitarist, singer, composer and award-winning musician, was thriving in his eclectic career. Much of the recognition came from his stellar work with the popular band Sultans of String, as well as the critically acclaimed music project ReDuX:RMx. Eddie is also a Latin category winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his instrumental masterpiece “Palmas”. He has played in many other bands and on countless other recordings. During the time of their band Mosaic, with Gratton and co-owner and Director of Promotions and Marketing, Rennie Ali, Real met Eddie and they became guitar partners. Eddie would attend Mosaic`s shows and a great friendship ensued. After hearing Cloe sing and with chemistry abounding, they decided to collaborate on this album.
Besides the chemistry, the musical artistry and skill of Cloé Bernard and Eddie Paton is evident right off the top. One is immediately drawn to their vocal prowess, the beautiful harmonies (especially on “Make Me Smile”), and Paton’s virtuosic guitar solos. Each song on the 10-track album alternates with Bernard and Paton taking the lead. Bernard’s smooth, buttery tones singing in French meld well with Paton’s sometimes playful gypsy jazz licks as in the much-touted “Tout Ca” or the nearly flamenco style in the upbeat tune “Deviens Vivant” and the more melancholic “Tourne en Rond” – which is somewhat reminiscent of the sounds of Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Eddie’s distinct passion and unabashedly romantic ideals are clearly expressed in melody, lyrics and harmonies. The soulfully uplifting rhythms and vocals in the powerful “Make Me Smile,” “Secret’s in My Heart” and the more bouncy tune “By My Side” drive the messages home.
Recorded, engineered and produced by Cloral Mosaic Productions’ Real Gratton who also plays lead guitar on “Mots Caches,” the album RENDEZ-VOUS includes several fine musicians such as Bernard d’Anjou (bass), Drew Birston (electric bass) and the illustrious Rosendo Leon Chendy Arocha (drums and percussion).