ABOUT THE PERFORMER
She comes from New York, he lives in Paris – her name is Nicolle Rochelle, his name is Antoine Chatenet, and fighting against all the odds of their geographical destiny, they found each other.
After the years of touring Europe with the director Jerome Savary, that Nicolle stumbled upon Antoine’s productions on Internet. Instantly upon hearing his songs, she is recognized by the sound of her musical style. That very same evening they put in a Parisian jazz club, and GINKGOA was born.
From Pop Music, to the Swing of old New York, with a mix of Electro French touch beats, they have a thing in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway, and sing along with songs in your head long after GINKGOA Ginkgo, their tree totem, continue to survive.
Officially discovered in the well-known French festival “The Francofolies” where they won the prize for “Favorite Group”, GINKGOA has most recently appeared in the USA at the famous “Global Fest” in New York City, and is actively building an impressive over 300 dates * around the US, Canada, China, France, Eastern Europe, UK, Italy, picking up numerous awards along the way.
Their single “From NY to Paris” became the anthem of the perfume Rochas for their European campaign. GINKGOA is now preparing their first album with a release planned for end of 2017.
Frequently described as a modern version of the electro-swing heavyweights ‘Caravan palace’ & ‘Parov Stelar’ due to their energetic live shows and ability to make any audience dance; critics and audiences everywhere agree that GINKGOA has rightfully earned their own place at the top of this list.
* Live references: “Global Fest” (New York, US); “Great Summer Fest Performance” (Los Angeles, US); “Lincoln Center” (New York US); International Jazz Fest of Montreal (Ca); “Quebec Summer Festival”; “New Mexico Jazz Fest” (Albuquerque, US); “Roy Thomson Hall” (Toronto – Ca); “JF Kennedy Center” (Washington, US); “The Francofolies of La Rochelle” (Fr), The “Montreux Jazz Fest” (Sw), The “Fusion Fest” (Germany);
As of today, we are being advised by the Monroe County Health Department that we will be unable to hold the 2020 Rochester Lilac Festival during the originally planned timeframe of May 8th -17th. As you can imagine, this is painful for all of us. However, we are hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to reschedule.
As time progresses, and more information is known, we’ll be letting you, our valued Festival participants and attendees know if, and when we plan to reschedule the Festival.
Hang in there and stay healthy.
Your Rochester Lilac Festival Team