We are called Trio Montagne cos we have a veritable mountain of lovely songs in repertoire that rise above plain stuff. Also, David is tall and looks a bit wild. As a younger musician, travelling about NZ with guitar and harmonicas, folks dubbed him Mountain Man. Anyway, our clarinettist / saxophonist Sophia suggested the name when we got together five years back and although it gets mispronounced a lot (montagne rhymes with lasagne), it still seems grand.
We play almost anywhere people want to have us, as long as it’s not near motor traffic. So we get to play in posh places like the Art Gallery, Convention Centre, cinema foyers, expensive restaurants and wedding venues and less salubrious or scruffy spots like local markets, private gardens and cafes.
Our material has a few David originals but consists mainly of well or lesser known jazz and stage-show standards, stand-out vintage pop songs and folk gems from people like Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel. Oui, Si and Jawohl, we also do a stack of songs in European languages (our favourite ones), cos they’re gorgeously evocative even if lyrically incomprehensible.
Duo / Trio Montagne’s booking rates range from fair to affordable to gratis, depending on your pocket and raison d’être. Hope to woo you soon.
Songstress Gillian’s early Sydney training was in theatre and dance and the obsession remains. Meanwhile all three of us love words and adventures. So, thus far we've notched up three scripted cabaret shows.
Surely for any discerning listener there's nothing as entertainingly satisfying as a complete production of musical gems integrated and underscoring a good story! Be ready, we might soon revive and upgrade one already staged or even create a this-time-blockbuster brand-new one !!!