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Flying Hórses, an experimental band with a circus feel, plays Blacksheep this Saturday

By Amanda Armstrong on February 26, 2014

Jáde Bergeron has been a musician since she was old enough to hold an instrument; it was only natural that she started creating her own music as her passion continued to grow. The idea for the musical project that became Flying Hórses came to Jáde a couple of years before its fruition.

Uncertain whether she wanted Flying Hórses to be a solo piano project, Jáde asked her friend Raphael Weinroth, a remarkable cellist who also plays in the band Musk Ox, to accompany her on this charming musical journey. Raphael’s string arrangements complimented Jáde’s keys and, before long, they secured their first show. Just before the show, they asked Karolyne LaFortune a talented violinist, to join them on stage. Together they had such energy, and have been playing together ever since.

In anticipation of their upcoming show at Blacksheep, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jáde at Raw Sugar, a quirky independent café in Chinatown where, just shy of a year ago, Flying Hórses sold out their first show.

This past year has certainly taken Flying Hórses in many directions – from selling out their very first show to opening for a circus performance in Montreal. After playing several shows in and around the city, they are ready to put out their first album, which we can expect sometime in the fall/winter. Jáde will be travelling to Iceland this summer, where she will be recording a few surprises for their upcoming album. Incredibly inspired by the country’s instruments and music, it is an honour for her to travel to Iceland and play on Icelandic instruments alongside Icelandic artists.

A melange of instrumental, classical, and Icelandic music; Flying Hórses is an experimental band with a circus feel. A journey back in time to the days of carnivals and carousels and circus shows, their music brings with it the nostalgia of being a child and the magic of days spent at the carnival. It is for this reason that the band is aptly named after the first ever wooden carousel to be made.

In addition to the cello, violin, and piano, Jáde plays a variety of instruments – including mechanical music boxes, a Wurlitzer, and the Swedish glock. Inspired by artists like Amiina, Jónsi & Alex, and Torngat, Jáde says that she is most inspired by instrumental music because it leaves you thinking. That is the goal of Flying Hórses – to make you feel something. “You can like it or hate it” says Jáde, “but feeling something is the point”.

Each song that Jáde has created represents a reflection on a memory, which comes out through the keyboard. Despite having been created in response to a memory, Jáde does not reveal the inspiration for her songs. A unique musical experience for all, Flying Hórses wants their listeners to feel for themselves.

You can venture on your own Flying Hórses experience by checking out their music on Soundcloud.

Flying Hórses will be playing alongside Sound of Lions at Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield this Saturday, March 1st. Tickets are $10 in advance. Doors open at 8:30.