Vishtèn | Acadian music from Prince Edward Island
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required
Vishtèn is an award winning Canadian band that performs both traditional and original Acadian music with rock energy. Their original “neo-traditional” compositions blend updated versions of French and Celtic genres. The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse. These three artists are accomplished solo musicians as well. Located off the north coast of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving a Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities.
This concert is presented in celebration of International Francophone Culture Month with support from the Embassy of Canada
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.