(via Lo’Jo Still Has the Mojo | Fringe Arts | The Link)
"Globe-trotting French band Lo’Jo have a long and wild history.
They’ve been creating music together for over a quarter-century, and left their musical mark everywhere on Earth from Monaco to Mali, drawing inspiration from an international pool of styles.
Lo’Jo was founded in 1982 by singer Denis Péan and violinist Richard Bourreau. While the band has grown to a six-piece since, the two have remained the band’s central members throughout its history.
“I was around 20 years old then. I was a young and wild teenager who enjoyed organizing music shows and creating music,” said Péan. “At the time, I was looking for my own sound and seeking to learn about the organization all around music.”
After a major rotation of the band’s members, in 1988 the band set out to tour with a travelling circus company.
“It was an exciting experience. We had the opportunity to travel all around Europe for four years in a caravan. During that time we got to work with many artists as well as mimes and acrobats where our music accompanied their performances,” he said…
After playing most of their concerts in France and the United Kingdom over the past two years, the next stop for Lo’Jo is Canada, with shows planned for Montreal and Toronto.
“During our concert, we are going to play all the songs from our last album Cinéma El Mundo but in a more lively, rough and energetic way. We’ll also play some older songs and some unreleased pieces, so it’s going to be very exciting,” he said.
Cinéma El Mundo was inspired by Péan’s life and journey around the world. The album follows the trail of his “geographic experience” and each song captures a fragment his memories…
Lo’Jo // March 8 // L’ Astral (305 Ste. Catherine St. W.) // 9 p.m. // $36 advance”