7:30 Orange County AHRC Fundraiser with Cyrille Aimée
Featuring Cyrille Aimee and guitarist Michael Valeanu
Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille Aimée’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies.
Raised in France by a French father and Dominican mother, she would sneak out to wander into gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival.
She quickly fell in love with gypsy music and found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocal competition - which included the financing of her first self-produced album.
When Aimée audtioned for the Star Academy (a French American Idol), she became a finalist. Informed she would have to sing only what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelled—and in what was a cause célèbre she walked from the competition.
She happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting.
"a bravura turn, presented with a smile." - The New York Times
ABOUT Orange County ARHC:
Every day, Orange AHRC’s 750 employees provide an array of educational, clinical, residential, and day services for more than 2,000 people of all ages living in Orange County who have developmental disabilities. Services include developmental screening and evaluation, preschool learning, daycare, education grades K-12, adult day habilitation, vocational training, community employment and volunteerism, clinical services, residential homes, service coordination, family respite, recreation, and autism services.
Opener: Chris Fortune & Rich Syracuse Duo