As part of the duo Les Temps Des Cerises, accordionist Daniel Thonon and singer Dominique Dupire take audiences for a ride in the mythical Paris at the end of the 19th Century into the first half of the 20th.
Dominique and Daniel play original historical instruments such as the diatonic and chromatic accordions and the Jas (a particular drum set at the beginning of the 20th century). Daniel usually plays a Castagnari accordion. The duo mixes songs and instrumental pieces evoking the everyday life of the neighborhoods of Montmartre, La Bastille, and Pigalle.
Dominique Dupire is an actress and singer who has worked for the television and film industry, and taught music and drama. Since meeting Daniel Thonon, her new passion is the Parisian song.
Daniel Thonon is considered one of the masters of the French diatonic accordion. Born in Brussels in 1949, he is involved since early childhood, in the artistic world of the early fifies. In 1980 he formed the well-known group Ad Vielle Que Pourra that toured world-wide for 15 years. Daniel has recorded many CDs with his own groups as well as with guest artists, and has published two song-books. Among his compositions, the famous “Evit Gabriel” is played and recorded by many musicians around the world. His CD with the trio Montcorbier, “Le Piano de Sarah,” was released in 2002.