Odile Lavault accordion, bandoneon, vocals
Before founding the Baguette Quartette in 1993, Odile played the accordion for many years in the cafes and restaurants of her native Paris. She mastered the traditional Parisian repertoire as well as Gypsy cabaret music. She travelled all over Europe with a variety of musicians, dancers and theater companies, before moving to Berkeley in 1992. Odile plays a 4-row chromatic button accordion. In addition to the Quartette, Odile frequently performs solo.
Rachel Durling violin
Berkeley native Rachel Durling received her B.Mus. from Mannes College of Music in New York. She has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, California Symphony, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, and the nuevo-tango group “New York-Buenos Aires Connection.” Rachel is a member of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble, the cuban danzon group “Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion,” and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
Will Bernard -or- John Schott guitar, banjo
Will and John have been sharing the BQ guitar chair. They are busy guys. We are happy to have them both with us!
Will is well-known to Bay Area audiences through his group Motherbug and his associations with T.J. Kirk, Pothole, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Beth Custer, and Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble. Check out Will’s website.
John Schott moved to the Bay Area in 1988 from his hometown Seattle, where he studied with jazz legends Julian Priester and Gary Peacock and classical composer Bun-Ching Lam. John is a member of the groove-jazz band T. J. Kirk, nominated for a Grammy for their 1997 release “If Four Was One”. Among many other recordings, he has four CDs under his own leadership, most recently “Shuffle Play: Elegies For The Recording Angel”. His avant folk-jazz-blues band, The Typical Orchestra, plays frequently around the Bay Area. He lives in Berkeley with his partner Naomi and their son Ezra. Check out John’s website.
Richard Trevor string bass
Originally from the Chicago area, Rich has played blues and R&B with many groups in Illinois and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was introduced to the musette style by the French bluesman Paris Slim. Rich can also be found in the bass section of the Prometheus Symphony.