Mal aux doights or “Mal-O-Dua” means sore and weary finger from working!
What happened when Django Reinhardt met Merle Travis? A new style of acoustic swing was born!! Well…actually that never did really happen. However, that is the blending of styles that Mal-O-Dua is built on.
The duo pulls from a wide range of sources including early French pop, traditional Hawaiian music, Gypsy jazz, Kentucky finger picking, Western Swing, Parisian waltz, and the American standards songbook to name a few. These styles are blended to create a fresh new sound.
Cedric Baetche was born and raised in Reims, in the Champagne region of France. He has lived intermittently in Madison, WI for about a decade. Ced is a professional painter with a love of portrait, still live, and landscape painting. He studied Culinary Arts at Madison, WI’s MATC and is a certified french baker. Ced’s main guitar influence is the Kentucky finger picker Merle Travis.
Chris Ruppenthal was born in Madison, WI and grew up around the state. He is also leader for the group Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble and is primarily influenced by French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Chris has also been known to slide around, playing country and Hawaiian steel guitar.
The 2016 Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival kicks off with the Malt House Happy Hour Set with Mal-O-Dua.