Based out of Berlin, this group consisting of an electric violin, acoustic guitar and cajón hand drum. Flutter across melodic tones and syncopated rhythms to produce a sound that a modern day Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli would be proud to collaborate with.
Bordeaux Expats sits down for a quick chat with these treble notes known as the Trouble Notes.
Where have you come from this tour and where are you going?
This year we released our first full album, “Lose Your Ties“, and immediately took it out on the road. So far we’ve stayed mostly in Europe, touring Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy. This summer we have a really full schedule around Europe with festivals all over the continent and then this fall we jet over to North America for a two month tour. After that, we’ll have to start working on the next album 😀
Our musical influences come from all over the place. Rodrigo y Gabriela have probably been the biggest inspiration for us in shaping our style and professional approach. However, it’s impossible to point to one place because our mission is to connect different cultures by mixing their musical styles, so we draw a lot of inspiration from traditional music from different cultures.
Music for Travel. We want to bridge cultural divides by mixing traditional musical styles from all over the world and bring the listener on a journey without ever leaving the room!
We feel our group is a bit of a cultural chameleon. Sure we were raised in different places and cultures, but the goal has always been to connect different cultures and traditions while traveling. It’s one of the main reasons we have chosen to remain instrumental, so that we can speak that universal language of music and keep all doors open.
Experiencing different points of view helps you constantly re-evaluate your own outlook on life.
With us most of the tours are memorable by the people we build close relationships with. Every tour there are a handful of “Trouble Makers” that make appearances. Those are people who we build a very close, strong connection with. They do things like open their homes to us, or bend over backwards to show us a warm welcome in their town, all in return for our music. That strong core continues to grown and it remains the strength of our group and why we continue to tour and travel the way that we do.
Our van was broken into in Milan. Nothing too valuable was taken since we try not to leave things in the car, but it’s impossible to take out everything all the time, so we did have some gifts that we had bought for family and friends lifted. It’s something that seems to happen all too often to touring musicians. While most times we encounter the best of people on the road, it serves as a bit of a reminder that there are some really selfish people out there.
We have heard great things about Bordeaux and are really looking forward to finally being able to explore this city.
The Trouble Notes are playing in Bordeax this Thursday.