It’s no surprise that many of Café Musique’s songs sound like movie music. After all, violinist Brynn Albanese lent her talents to soundtracks for “Schindler’s List,” “Jurassic Park” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
While Albanese brings a classical touch to the band, the group also gives nods to tango, folk, swing and gypsy — as proven by its latest CD, “Catching Your Breath.” The band, which also includes Duane Inglish, Craig Nuttycombe, Piper Heisig and Fred Murray, will perform at the Cambria Allied Arts Music Series on July 10.
We recently spoke to Albanese and accordion player Inglish about soundtracks, banjos and Weird Al Yankovic.
he had to give cues to the orchestra, he could still see what was going on. Steven Spielberg and all those guys from “Saving Private Ryan” were there. Tom Hanks was there. Everybody was there during the recording of the music.
So the first time I ever saw Weird Al was when he and a buddy of mine, Jon Iverson, signed up to perform as a duo. As usual, the room was very crowded what with all the folks coming down for their friends who had signed up that evening. When Weird Al took the stage the crowd certainly did a double take with his wacky hair and Jon’s sparkly sequined jacket. Throw in an accordion and guitar and they certainly had everyone’s rapt attention.
My first impression? I thought this was going to be a one-night joke and wasn’t going anywhere beyond the moment. I mean, come on, they were just a couple of Cal Poly kids having fun, right? But when he performed “My Bologna” —his parody of “My Sharona” — the crowd went berserk and we all nearly died laughing! And you know what? He wasn’t half bad on the squeeze box, either.