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De Joux Musique: Press

"My latest revelation was Marni Rice's cabaret show, Tales from Paris/Contes de Paris. Rice talks mostly in English but sings in French and plays the accordian. She has a lovely voice and the authentic air of a Parisian chanteuse/tragedienne. Her repertoire made up largely of songs that may have influenced Edith Piaf in her youth, rather than the usual Piaf standards. The tale she tells is an autobiographical one of an American singer/accordian player who tries to make a living in Paris. She slips in and out of various characters along the way. A quality act."

Pat Donnelly - The Montreal Gazette Stage Blog, Montreal, QC CANADA

"Marni Rice's show 'Tales from Paris/Contes de Paris' is a soulful evocation of Paris, tasteful, sober, elegant and spare. Marni Rice exhibits a masterly command of languages, accents and astute impersonations: Portuguese immigrants, Russian exiles, and native Parisians with guttural tones and rough-diamond manners. In this performance, choreographed transitions lead smoothly from scene to scene and from song to song. Although a native New Yorker, Rice definitely looks the part of the quintessential ‘gamin de Paris.’ In character, of course, she wields a marvellous accordion with mother-of-pearl glittering keys. Gifted with a textured, flexible and evocative voice, Rice interprets songs that are both obscure and familiar, tragic, romantic and uplifting: as she says, in homage to her years spent living in Paris. Rice’s recurring narrative is the soul-immigrant’s quest for a place to be, to become, to connect and to settle: the cosmic quest of the century, given the migration of populations world wide."

Christina Manolescu - The Invisible Cities Network, Montreal QC, CANADA
Marni Rice compose, joue, chante et donne
un ton special new yorkais a sa musique.
Accompagnee par son groupe Le Garage Cabaret, elle engage sa musique sur des terrains peu exploites. Rock sensuel et percutant!
Francoise Jallot - Accordeon & Accordeonistes, FRANCE
Marni Rice has used her experiences in France to conjure up some wonderful character sketches that place the listener right in the middle of a pre-war Parisian cafe"
Jezebel Music, New York
"Velvet-voiced accordion player"
Time Out - London
If New York accordionist Marni Rice's evocations of Paris chanson feel like highly accomplished homages, when she lets rip with her own urban gipsy punk, she's amazing
Metro, UK
In addition to playing the accordion, this attractive performer is a natural actress..
Barbara & Scott Siegel - Cabaret Hotline, New York
Singing entirely in French..Rice is captivating - even to those who do not speak the language.
Greenwhich Village Press, New York

audience feedback

"The accordion
enchants me—dramatique, il m’ouvre Paris d’antan.
-four piafs out of five"
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 4 out of 5 (Jun 18, 2008)
"Wow, what a wonderful show. Beautiful deep, rich vocals. Great accordion playing. Story content enthralling.
Lovely, everyone go see this show!"
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 5 out of 5 (Jun 19, 2008)
"BEST OF THE FRINGE!
Fabulous! Do Not Miss this! - PIAF lives again! Marni is fantastic--"
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 5 out of 5 (Jun 19, 2008)
"Loved your Edith Piafesque singing and stage
presence & I appreciated the stories between your songs played & it was a great show.
I wish I could play accordion too.
You Rock!"
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 4 out of 5 (Jun 18, 2008)
"Beautiful Show! Gorgeous Singing of Parisian Songs-- a poignent
and funny story.."
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 5 out of 5 (Jun 20, 2008)
"Un Beau Show! Parfait pour Montreal, Anglais & Francais. Le magie de l'accordeon opere entre les mains de Marni Rice."
Audience Feedback Reviews from Montreal Fringe Website - rating 4 out of 5 (Jun 21, 2008)