24min | English | Igal Hecht
Briga, a.k.a. Brigitte Dajczer is a Montreal-based violinist who writes fascinatingly original, eclectic, biting Balkan-flavored songs. Recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, and nominee at the Juno Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Québec’s ADISQ awards, her songs are half instrumental, half written in French and English, of which all are accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds learned from the days her father played the piano to put the children to sleep.
Her fifth album, Territoire, challenges our standard conception of traditional folk music (Quebec, Irish, Bulgarian, etc.) as a genre and heredity, instead favoring a more flexible definition. The album rather reflects the reality of the Canadian musical landscape, one which offers a diversity of traditional styles and influences. We're verging on the creation of a "new folk", inspired by a wave of renewal representing one’s unique identity à la Jeremy Dutcher or Tanya Tagaq.