Crimson Canary brings vintage music in an exciting mix of rhythms, styles and languages.
Guitarist David Chu and vocalist Lonnie Chu, joined at times by other artists, perform vocal jazz, Spanish flamenco, and 20th-century songs in French, Italian, German, Latin American Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
They can provide a richly musical and, if desired, educational experience, or simply create a pleasant background ambiance. They have played in restaurants, bars, cafes, theaters, schools, libraries, assisted living centers, festivals, weddings and private parties.
For solo guitar, David can play alone or in groups: Spanish guitar/flamenco, classical, jazz, pop, funk and blues.
Price Range: $200 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
The music we play can be either for background music or for active listening. We are usually seated, bring our own amplification, and know how to keep the volume at a level that works for you. Anyone who wants to sing along is absolutely encouraged to do so, but we don't mind being in the background, either.
We love to do the music of other countries. We currently have songs in English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Japanese. We specialize in flamenco music and love teaching audiences how to do the rhythmic hand-clapping and some of the hand and arm movements that dancers do, along with the history of flamenco and the meaning of the songs.
David Chu, guitarist, began his music career as a teen playing piano and percussion, but soon switched to guitar. At SUNY Oswego he earned a Bachelor's in Music while minoring in Spanish. He was a well-known musician in upstate New York for many years, building his career first as a player of electric guitar in jazz and pop styles. Then he switched to the flamenco guitar while maintaining an interest in electric. Now in Western Massachusetts, he delights audiences with the variety of genres he plays on either guitar, including flamenco, jazz, blues, Brazilian, and even Beatles. Largely self-taught, he has traveled to New York and San Francisco for lessons. An accomplished soloist, he provides accompaniment and is the group's arranger and composer.
Lonnie Chu, manager and singer, studied vocal music at SUNY New Paltz before taking off for Spain where she lived several times. She earned her BA in Spanish at Le Moyne College and her MA in Linguistics at Syracuse University. A professor of Spanish by day, she delights in teaching audiences how to participate in flamenco's rhythmic hand-clapping (palmas). Lonnie has also played folk guitar and bluegrass mandolin and enjoys singing in various languages and genres.
From band manager Lonnie you can expect competent communication, clear business practices, and musicians who show up on time and enjoy their work. They have over forty years' combined professional music performance experience and they pride themselves on being easy to work with and providing excellent music.
Additional Booking Notes
All we need is an outlet and enough space for us to sit in. If you have a couple armless chairs for us, all the better, but we can bring our own, too. We're quite flexible!
Past Booked Events
|June 30, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|June 23, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA|
|June 06, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday party|
|May 11, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Private show|
Amor amor amor
Cuando calienta el sol
Quien sera / Sway
Qu nadie sepa mi sufrir
Cuando calienta el sol / Love me with all of your heart
Les feuilles mortes / Autumn Leaves
La mer / Beyond The Sea
Que reste-t-il de nos amours? / I Wish You Love
La vie en rose
Sous le ciel de Paris
Torna a Surriento
O Sole Mio
Bei mir bist du schoen
The girl from Ipanema
One note samba
All Of Me
It’s Only a Paper Moon
It’s Too Darn Hot
Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love
Side By Side
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Lets Face The Music And Dance
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Flamenco, if desired:
Alegrias de Cadiz
Ciudad de las ideas
Tangos de Pepico
Verde que te quiero verde
Volare (rumba flamenca)
Yo no te he dado motivo
|Lonnie Chu||Manager, vocalist|
Influences & Inspiration
David Chu plays a flamenco style guitar much like a nylon-stringed classical guitar. It has a rich, bright sound. His background is in jazz, pop, funk, classical and flamenco. Lonnie Chu has a background in flamenco singing, which is usually a strong, emotional style. But she grew up hearing the classic pop and jazz that we play and enjoys bringing those amazing songs to the listeners. Our influences come, to a great extent, from the Great American Songbook canon, music popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Julie London, Dean Martin, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and many others.
65 degrees F minimum ambient temperature
protection from sun and rain
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