Ham Jam House Concert

Philippe Bertaud and son "Cookie" Alexander

Philippe Bertaud and his son "Cookie" Alexander Bertaud will play a fine acoustic concert on Friday, September 21st, at 7:00 PM.

Bistro Bertaud...
A house concert is where people can go to experience great music in a close, warm and friendly environment.

Imagine the music of Philippe Bertaud "The French Sensation" and his son Cookie Alexander, in concert.

Philippe Bertaud is referred to by the Los Angeles Times as “the New Lord of the Strings” gifted by “a percussive brand of guitarist wizardry” according to Jazziz Magazine.

Bertaud’s multi-faceted career is a testament to his continual search for new ways to achieve artistic growth and renewal. Carried on by his versatility Philippe always evolves his expression according to his artistic aims and eclectic tastes, which directs him toward international development as an outstanding guitar performer, talented composer, and recognized master guitar teacher.

Philippe...about "Cookie"...
"Cookie" Alexander, at sixteen, has spent the last ten years with a guitar in his hands. He was only five years old when he gave his first blues performance. Interested by philosophy, reading, and healthy living, Cookie is above all a born musician spending his spare time writing songs and playing guitar. His influences run from Reggae, Gypsy Jazz to Punk Rock, which he mixes to create his own explosive style. Alexander is currently working on his first album.

Yes, having kids is a great life experience. And as they grow you can see their personality and individuality to develop, like a universe in full expansion. They have taste different then yours – who else could put garlic in morning tea? – look different, dress different… they are just not like you, and more specifically not like me, thanks God!

My two kids Jade and Alexander – Cookie for about everybody – are very much inclined to play music and are very talented. I always learn from them. One of the greatest daily joy is to follow Cookie’s evolution on his songwriter’s path. Each time he learns a new chord, or rhythm or get hoocked up on any musical idea, he will make it his own! That is a real inspiration to me. But Al – Cookie – is creative in everything he does: his dress code, his hair, the way he talks, eats and put garlic in his morning tea.

His approach to composition is one of the most interesting; usually people write songs with a pretty simple pattern:

Intro (generally the chords used for the chorus) verses one and two, chorus, verses (generaly like one and two) chorus, chorus, chorus and sometimes an interlude before the “chorus, chorus, chorus” part.

Cookie is a differents type of artist, all the songs he writes tell stories and as the story goes, the chords, rhythms and even the languages (!) are changing along. Hard to imagine a more diverse creation and I wish I could do the same. The hard thing is to break the patterns of knowledge, but Cookie has been smart and strong enough to just refuse those patterns and just discover by himself his own way to go.

Cookie started a blog with videos – thanks a million times to Stephanie Diane and Julian Romero from “15 Toes Production” – to keep you in touch with his music, and God knows how creative he is:

http://cookiealexander.blogspot.com/ - Cookie's blog

http://www.philippebertaud.com - Philippe's Website

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZK-txz2Rc&feature=youtu.be - Philippe At The World Guitarist Series

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07HBTM55W7U&feature=youtu.be - Philippe Does Chet Atkins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpwQsEH-jiE&feature=youtu.be - Cookie At ABC Coffee House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbdMWkSYIaU - Song, Cookie, "It's All Backward"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVodbe1-LRU&feature=youtu.be - Father and Son :)

http://www.philippebertaud.com/blog/2011/02/16/my-son-is-a-rockstar/ - A bio of Cookie

Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!