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L’Oiseau Noir jazz cabaret performing two shows in the Comox Valley

Joanna Finch and Miles Black duo will make stops in Cumberland and Denman
Joanna Finch and Miles Black are the L’Oiseau Noir Jazz-Cabaret. Photo supplied

Comox Valley music lovers are in for a treat on May 18 and 19: Cumberland and Denman Island are the final two stops of the “In The Garden of Love” spring tour with the jazz cabaret duo, L’Oiseau Noir.

“We are celebrating a season of love, with songs that are rich with images of nature’s beauty and musical poetry, that evoke feelings of affection and pleasure,” says multi-generational Vancouver Islander, Joanna Finch, songwriter and vocalist. “My body and soul are filled to the brim with the joys and sorrows of living on Vancouver Island as a fifth-generation pioneer.

“The songs come to me from distant places and I hear them in the wind and soil. Some are very airy… and funny… and magnificent. Some are downright dirty! Music is the language of love, and when two people who love music come together, all sorts of magic can happen.”

Performing in Cumberland at the Abbey Studio on May 18, at 7:30 p.m. and on Denman Island at the community hall on May 19 at 3 p.m., L’Oiseau Noir Jazz-Cabaret has chosen songs with an international flavour. An array of original compositions by Finch and popular songs by Joni Mitchell, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Consuelo Velazquez, Cole Porter and more. Interspersed with Finch’s marvellously eclectic musical poetry, this concert spans eras and styles that appeal to all music lovers.

With their shared passion for diverse music, L’Oiseau Noir concerts are an exciting combination of roots, jazz, and improvisational creations. Drawing from a vast assortment of Finch’s eclectic originals, plus jazz and pop standards from the 1920s to the present, each show is tailored to fit the venue, the season and the demographic. Accompanied by the exceptional musicality of multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer “NOIR,” Miles Black, ( Finch rounds out the sounds with ukulele, flute, percussion and her remarkable “vocal cornet.” Welcome everyone, to experience the voices and melodic poetry of two artists who love to play.