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The forming of BeauSoleil, one of the better known & most highly respected cajun bands on the planet, is because of fiddler Michael Doucet’s wish to keep carefully the unique southern Louisiana culture and music from extinction. But while BeauSoleil originated to greatly help protect his cajun musical heritage, over time it has additionally been known because of its innovation. They’re continuously adding spice from additional musical styles including jazz and Caribbean. In this manner, BeauSoleil will keep the music essential and modern. Doucet was created and elevated in Cajun nation encircled by the older French tracks that comprise the foundation from the music. But from enough time of his delivery to his adulthood in the 1960s, Cajun tradition began to vanish. Young Doucet, considering Cajun music antiquated and moveé, started his musical profession playing rock and roll with New Orleans impact. He began engaging in folk-rock towards the finish from the ’60s and also tried singing some of his quantities in French. It had been a song in the British isles folk group Fairport Convention and their melody, “Cajun Girl,” that re-sparked his curiosity about his indigenous music. He visited France and Britain in 1973 right before he was to enter grad college within the U.S. He finished up staying a long time learning with Scottish fiddle great Barry Dransfield, who ultimately presented him to his idol Richard Thompson. Afterwards, Doucet acknowledged Thompson for influencing his personal compositions. The youthful fiddler’s stay static in France also got a profound impact. There he noticed that the origins of Cajun had been still quite definitely alive. The older songs had been still sung, and he noticed their centuries-old impact in newer folk tracks. It produced him understand how contemporary Cajun music was compared. In the middle-’70s, Doucet became a member of Coteau, an improvisational folk-music centered French group which was referred to as the Cajun equal to the Grateful Deceased. After a period together, he returned towards the U.S., driven to immerse himself in Cajun musical background. A grant in the Country wide Endowment for the Arts backed him as he located the almost ignored early composers and performers of Cajun music. Equipped with many traditional Cajun music, Doucet produced BeauSoleil with a number of the finest Cajun music artists, Dennis McGee, Dewey and can Balfa, Varise Connor, Canray Fontenot, and Bessyl Duhon. Their music group name actually means “great sun” and it is a mention of a fertile area in Nova Scotia. Within the 17th hundred years, French speaking Acadians resided in the Canadian province until issues using the French and United kingdom forced these to migrate right down to Louisiana where they truly became known as Cajuns. BeauSoleil lower its first record in 1976 and released it just in France. They produced their American debut the next year using the Nature of Cajun Music. It had been an eclectic function illustrating the countless musical styles that Cajun music comes from. In 1988, Doucet received the very first annual Clifton Chenier Prize because the finest musician in French-speaking Louisiana. Since 1985, the music group continues to be nominated for (and received) several Grammys. They will have performed on film soundtracks like the Big Easy, Enthusiasm Seafood, and Belizaire the Cajun. They will have performed at jazz and folk celebrations all over the world and also have also made an appearance on numerous tv shows which range from CNN’s Showbiz Today to Austin Town Limits to NIGHT TIME with Conan O’Brien. BeauSoleil also performs frequently on open public radio, especially on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie House Companion. Keillor provides hailed them because the “greatest Cajun music group on earth.” They will have performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and opened up for the Grateful Deceased. After going for a brief studio room break in 2004, the music group celebrated its 30-season tenure with 2009’s Alligator Handbag, an all-new group of tunes which was typically eclectic and completely danceable. A live Compact disc/DVD group of an intimate overall performance from the music group from 2007, Make the Veiller, was released in ’09 2009.

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Date Of Birth November 6, 1947
Weight 79 kg
Children Jene Beausoleil
Awards Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album
Music Songs Zydeco Gris-Gris, Zydeco Gris, Parlez-nous à boire, Hot Chili Mama, Blues à bébé, Bamako, Varise, L'Ouragon, Carencro, Bye, Bye Boozoo, Le Chanky-Chank français, Papa St. Nick, Kolinda, Sur le pont de Lyon, Grand Mallet, Arc de Triomphe Two-Step, Cajun Groove, La danse de la vie, Le Jig Francais, J'ai été au Zydeco, Alligator Purse, Courtableau, Little Darlin', Valse De Grand Meche, Joe Pitre's So Bad, Bon Temps Rouler, Chanson pour Ezra, Shoo, Black, Cajunization Blues, La Valse du vacher, Tasso/McGee's Reel, Quelle belle vie
Albums Cajunization, Cajun Conja, Bayou Cadillac, L'Amour ou la folie, Bayou Boogie, Gitane cajun, La Danse de la vie, Hot Chili Mama, L'Écho, Alligator Purse, Live! From the Left Coast, Vintage Beausoleil, Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Live in Louisiana, Looking Back Tomorrow Beausoleil Live, Parlez nous à boire, Arc de Triomphe Two Step, Deja Vu, Live from Cajun Country, Laissez les bons temps rouler, Allons à Lafayette & More avec Canray Fontenot, The Best of Beausoleil, Bayou Deluxe, The Best of the Crawfish Years 1985-1991, That's Cajun Music, Cajun Crawl, The Very Best of Beausoleil, Their Swallow Recordings, I Like Cajun Music, Encore, Encore!! The Best of Beausoleil: 1991-2001, Live from Cajun Country, Vol.2, This Is Cajun Music


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Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bactron 317 ou L'espionne qui venait du show 1979
Les givrés 1979
Les bâtisseurs 1978 Documentary
Ben et Bénédict 1977
Comment se divertir quand on est cocu mais intelligent 1975 as Raoul Claudel
Le désir et la volupté 1973
La révélation 1973
Léa l'hiver 1971
L'île aux coquelicots 1970
Trente-six heures 1969 Short
Slogan 1969
L'enfance nue 1968
Les atomistes 1968 TV Series
Bérénice 1968
Saturnin Belloir 1967 TV Series
Comptez-vous quinze 1966 Documentary short
Nick Carter et le trèfle rouge 1965
Le Bonheur 1965
Marie Soleil 1964

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La difficulté d'être infidèle... 1964 assistant camera
The Soft Skin 1964 assistant camera - uncredited
Vacances portugaises 1963 camera operator
Les Carabiniers 1963 camera operator - uncredited
Et Satan conduit le bal 1962 camera operator
My Life to Live 1962 assistant camera
La poupée 1962 camera operator
Jules and Jim 1962 camera operator - uncredited
Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960) 1961 Documentary assistant camera
Lola 1961 camera operator
The Army Game 1960 assistant camera
Shoot the Piano Player 1960 camera operator - uncredited
Breathless 1960 camera operator
Bourdelle, sculpteur monumental 1960 Documentary short assistant camera
Pêcheur d'Islande 1959 assistant camera
Sea Urchins 1958 Short camera operator

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sirokkó 1969

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