Take the lush harmonies of Bill Evans and Ravel and add the sticky grooves of post-J Dilla hip-hop and AfroLatin jazz. Now weave in the vocal undulations of Vietnamese folk music, and you get Rebirth Canal— a bold new Bay Area ensemble led by French-Vietnamese singer and pianist Camille Mai.
A true vocal instrumentalist, Mai sings with the raw emotion and technical chops of classic divas like Elis Regina and Ella Fitzgerald. Born in the Bay Area and raised in Paris, France, Mai has developed an extensive repertoire of original songs in French, English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Since returning to San Francisco in 2011, she has released five records and worked with internationally-acclaimed artists including John Santos, Nahuel Bronzini, Shahab Paranj, and Greg Landau. Mai performs regularly at venues like the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Peace Day Festival, Neck of the Woods, and the Red Poppy Art House, where she was Resident Artist in 2014.
Rebirth Canal features Bay Area heavyweights Daniel Riera (solo artist, Kev Choice, Soltron) on flute, modular synth and Electronic Wind Instrument, Schuyler Karr (California Symphony, Oakland Symphony, One Found Sound) on upright bass, Marcelo Perez (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, John Daversa) on drums, and Ahkeel Mestayer (Soltron, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids) on percussion.
Tickets are $10-$25 sliding scale. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!