Hot & funky Servantes in Golden Thurs Oct 23

Bill Usher interviewed Patrice Servant about his upcoming western tour and visit to Golden with his very funky quartet Servantes. Bill saw Servantes play in Vancouver a year or so ago and the audience was wildly enthusiastic! Only 35 years old, Patrice has already toured the world, played for the Governor General Michaëlle Jean and opened for jazz icon Wynton Marsalis. Innovative, intense, and musically exuberant, virtuoso guitarist Patrice Servant and his quartet will blow you away! A very interesting chat with a very interesting and talented young musician…


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SERVANTES SOLO_©BenjaminMengellePatrice Servant was born on January 5th 1979 in Buckingham, Québec. At 4 years old, he was constantly asking his parents for guitar lessons. At 6 years old that his wish came true. Soon he was at the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec, winning diplomas in classical guitar interprétation and chamber music. While at the Conservatoire, he also studied percussion, composing, harmony, counterpoint, writing and editing music, as well as theory and solfege.

He then went on to pursue his studies in latin music in Peru (2001) and flamenco guitar in Spain (2008), with teachers Oscar Guzman, Pedro Sierra, Jesus Torres, Andrés Hernandez and Raul Garcia Zarate.

Listen to “Torero” from Servants’ album “Bluesy Andalucy”

In the interview with Bill, he notes that it’s a joy to travel the world and learn from superior musicians. Along the way he has studied with…. Pepe Romero (Spain), Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Norbert Kraft (Canada), Hubert Kappel (Germany), Roland Dyens (France), Ricardo Cobo (USA), Elliot Fisk (Germany).

In 2007, Patrice released the DVD ”Servantes Live! Salle Odyssée”. In 2009, on upon coming back from Spain, Patrice produced the record Bluesy AndaLucy featuring more than 15 Canadian and Spanish artists. In 2010, he produces a book for advanced guitarists and a theatrical show presenting the history of the guitar with more than 60 instruments and 25 artists called STRUM.

This is Patrice’s first western Canada tour with his four piece band Servantes. It will be a very hot and spicy night of music in the Golden Civic Centre.