élisabeth Blin / Vie Music (VIE is 'life' in French)
How the French Blues
Met the Magic of Bossa Nova
Elisabeth Blin is a French composer and musician, originally from Saintes,a cultural city in southwest France, a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean. She moved to the United States in 1994.
Elisabeth studied the piano for 5 years (especially the harmony of Eric Satie and Debussy), and in 1972 began to play the guitar, mostly influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. She gave her first concerts as a student in art school in 1978, and since, her music has been deeply colored by bossa nova and the spirit of YES (Steve Howe) and Tom Jobim.
In 1989, she started to learn the
Bossa Nova style under the direction of Pascal Gombaud, a noted French jazz musician, and the Latin South American rhythms of Antonio Carlos Jobim have become the major influence on her song writing.
IIn 1997 Elisabeth received a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts to complete her second project, the CD Lifetime Too: Soul to Soul, a collection of thirteen pieces with three-part vocal harmonies featuring guitar, piano, saxophone, dobro, bass clarinet, and French horn, among others. In 1998, she appeared on a second recording, Orange Dust, a live charity concert.
Elisabeth holds a Bachelor's in Music, a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Boise State University and a Ph. D in Musicology from the University of Arizona, Tucson.