Lucine Fyelon re­turns to OKC Jazz Fes­ti­val

The Oklahoman - - WEEK AHEAD - BY CUR­TIS HONEYCUTT For The Oklahoman

Lucine Fyelon wowed au­di­ences two years ago at the OKC Jazz Fes­ti­val.

This Satur­day, she’ll be back, bring­ing her unique, genre-bend­ing fla­vor of clas­si­cal/hip-hop/jazz vi­o­lin mu­sic.

She’s a clas­si­cally trained master vi­o­lin­ist and can sing in eight lan­guages. Fyelon’s even a YouTube sen­sa­tion who has per­formed sev­eral world-fa­mous artists.

Re­cently, I in­ter­viewed her about what’s go­ing on in her mu­sic ca­reer, and she gave me her thoughts about com­ing back to play at the OKC Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Q: You re­cently wrapped up a tour play­ing with Cirque de Soleil. Did you get in­spi­ra­tion from these dif­fer­ent types of creative per­form­ers?

Lucine Fyelon:

One of my fa­vorite things is to per­form with dancers be­cause I feel like it’s such an ex­pres­sive form of art. By just look­ing at them, you just want to start cre­at­ing mu­sic around the dance. Ev­ery­thing that’s unique and orig­i­nal in­spires me.

Q: Your mu­sic crosses over so many gen­res: hip-hop, clas­si­cal, jazz and pop. What led you to weave all these styles to­gether?

Fyelon:

I started as a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist, but at the same time I was lis­ten­ing to all dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic. So I be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with all these dif­fer­ent kinds of mu­sic, and by do­ing so, I ended up cre­at­ing my own style of play­ing. I just like mu­sic that comes from the soul, and that’s the type of mu­sic that I like to play.

Q: You’ve per­formed and recorded with Madonna, The Foo Fight­ers, will.i.am, Mi­ley Cyrus and Lau­ryn Hill. What’s it like to col­lab­o­rate with them?

Fyelon:

I think for me it’s very in­ter­est­ing to see them on stage and to re­al­ize they’re just peo­ple. You can get so star-struck, but then you see what hard work­ing hu­man be­ings they are. It’s amaz­ing to see their strong work ethic.

Q: You’re also an ac­tor, ap­pear­ing in a num­ber of TV shows and movies (in­clud­ing five sea­sons of “GLEE”). If you had to pick one, would you choose play­ing, singing or act­ing?

Fyelon:

I am not an ac­com­plished ac­tor. I think that’s more of a hobby that I did. But singing and play­ing I think are the same to me. I could never pick be­tween those.

Q: Let’s talk about your solo work. What’s go­ing on right now that you’re ex­cited about, and where do you want things to go with your mu­sic ca­reer?

Fyelon:

I have an al­bum com­ing out in May, which is my first al­bum. I’m so ex­cited about it. I’ve re­leased quite a few sin­gles, but I’m ex­cited this is fi­nally hap­pen­ing. I feel like it will al­ways be part of me, no mat­ter what happens in life. I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen five years from now — God knows. Hope­fully it’s go­ing to be good, but I’m just happy to be able to do what I love. We’ll see where it takes me.

Q: I want to talk a lit­tle bit about jazz and im­pro­vi­sa­tion. Do you in­cor­po­rate im­prov into your live per­for­mances?

Fyelon:

I im­pro­vise all the time in per­for­mances — not as much in my orig­i­nal songs. I think the melody is so im­por­tant. But when I play a cover, I im­pro­vise all the time.

Q: What do you like about play­ing for a more in­ti­mate au­di­ence as op­posed to play­ing for an arena au­di­ence?

Fyelon:

First of all, peo­ple can see me bet­ter, and I can see them as well. That cre­ates a con­nec­tion with the au­di­ence. It’s a closer ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’m happy to be able to see peo­ple’s re­ac­tions. I’m ex­cited to get to play more of my own stuff. It’s re­ally an amaz­ing feel­ing.

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“Lucine Fyelon will be in Ok­la­homa City Satur­day to per­form at the OKC Jazz Fes­ti­val.

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