Smooth Jazz Sunday: Lucine Fyelon

Earlier this year, for my first John Fluker post, I picked a song that I hadn’t heard until the day I wrote the post. The same thing has occurred with this post.

The violin, at least to my knowledge, isn’t a lead instrument on a lot of smooth jazz or instrumental pop songs. There was a time during the early 2000s when Miri Ben-Ari was featured on several hip-hop songs, and has even released a few albums of her own. And in the early 90s, Jerald Daemyon had a smooth jazz/R&B hit with his cover of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness” (which I featured in this post). That was the beginning and end of my knowledge of the violin in smooth jazz or R&B circles.

A new artist is threatening to change that. Her name is Lucine Fyelon, and prior to hearing her latest song yesterday, I did not know she even existed. Apparently, she is a multi-hyphenate: in addition to playing the violin, she is also an actress, and has sung opera as well. Her parents are both classically trained musicians: her mother a conert pianist and her father is a violinist. She began playing the violin at 5 and at six was accepted into a premier violin school named after Tchaikovsky in Armenia. The Cal State Northridge graduate majored in violin performance, and has since worked with the likes of Madonna, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Miley Cyrus.

After hearing “Emotions” as part of my new releases playlist on Spotify, I began doing some research. Turns out she has several singles that she has released; “Emotions” marks the fourth one this calendar year. The video for one of Β her earlier singles, “Poundcake,” reportedly received over 9 million views on Facebook in just four hours.Β I admit, I like how her violin sounds over the programmed hip-hop style beats that accompany her on “Emotions.” It may be because of the novelty of hearing a violin in this type of setting, but I did find the groove more soothing than dance worthy. For Smooth Jazz Sunday, I am featuring both “Poundcake” and “Emotions” so that you can hear for yourselves what Ms. Fyelon can do.

As always, thanks for reading and listening.

15 Replies to “Smooth Jazz Sunday: Lucine Fyelon”

  1. Good morning Twin!
    You already know how I feel about anything violinπŸ’ž
    I had not heard of this phenom prior to reading this post.
    You always make such nice introductions!!!
    Thanks for this oneπŸ˜ƒ

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  2. This is beautiful Tracy. Lovely music for any time of the day! I will definitely check out Ms Fyelon. Reminds me of Miles Jaye’s Divine Ascension and Superstar. Those are my favorite violins on R&B. I hope you are doing well and just to let you know – I’m trying to find my way back. Enjoy your Sunday!πŸ˜€ Chevvy

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    1. Hi Chevvy! Thanks for stopping by! I had forgotten about Miles Jaye, so thanks for the reminder.

      I am glad that you like these songs, and also glad to hear that you are trying to find your way back. Hopefully you are able to complete the journey, but if you don’t make it all the way back, I am always grateful for the visits. Hope you are having a great Sunday too.

      Best wishes, T.

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  3. I really liked Lucine’s sound but then again I am a fan of Bond. Lucine has a hip hop vibe while Bond is EDM. You can really tell how passionate she is by the way she plays her violin (which by the way is really cool looking). Have you ever heard of Vanessa Mae? She is another violinist like Lucine and Bond (they are 4 girls that play violins) who not only does classical but she does EDM and hip hop as well. Thanks for the intro to Lucine. The 2 selections were an excellent showcase of her skills. I will have to look for her stuff. On a side note – I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. πŸ™‚

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    1. I had never seen a violin that looked like Lucine’s. I wasn’t even sure it was a violin, until she picked the thing up and started playing it.

      I have heard of Vanessa Mae (another violinist I forgot to mention), but I haven’t heard of Bond. I will look their stuff up.

      Thanks for the nomination, I was actually supposed to be looking for the post or item where I was nominated in case there are rules (there usually are with these things).

      Glad you liked Lucine’s music, and if I need to write something regarding the Versatile Blogger Award, I’ll definitely do that soon.

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