Frander + Ariko
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 8:30pm
$20 Advance | $25 Door
Ever since we were kids and started playing music, we’ve had a yearn to create something of our own. As siblings growing up together we shared music, dreams and visions which made us curious of what would happen if we wrote music together. In the spring of 2015 the dream became reality when we decided to form a band. Daniel, Natasja and Gabbi together with Säde, who became the fourth member of our family.
We soon discovered writing music together is a very surprising process. As siblings we have a lot in common musically, but we have always had our own areas and preferences. This formed an exiting basis of collaboration where we constantly discovered new things about each other. We've learned never to assume we know what to expect. To make things even better we now got the freshness of a fourth members ideas and background. Sädes roots in the Estonian folk music tradition added yet another flavor.
After working with the band only a couple of weeks we got the privilege of hosting an international competition in Estonia, where we were awarded for our music. Since then we have made tours around the world, including being invited as guests to play at the Swedish embassy in Guatemala. Touring and meeting an audience in so many different countries made us take the step of recording our first album, containing our first chapter together. We´re happy to see what the future holds for our music.
Whether at a festival or in a kitchen, the party ignites when Ariko takes the stage. Homegrown in Tiny, Ontario, Ariko features the rich vocal harmonies and dynamic fiddle stylings of the Lefaive sisters along with a driving and energetic rhythm section delivered by their parents Laura and Louis. Performance highlights since Ariko’s debut in 2003 include the Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival, the Spectacle de la solidarité franco-ontarienne in Ottawa, and the Pan Am Games at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.
Recipient of the “Coup de foudre Salut!” award for their concert Portrait de famille at Contact Ontarois in 2018, Ariko is touring this dynamic show through public venues and schools across the province during the 2018-2019 season. On the menu: the original repertoire of their album Portrait de famille, unique arrangements of traditional French-Canadian songs, traditional fiddle tunes and stepdance! Ariko’s performances engage audiences of all ages with interactive rhythm, song and dance activities. Rooted in traditional music, their dynamic repertoire is coloured by zydeco, jazz and popular genres. Let yourself be recharged by the positive energy of this family group!