The mandolin offers hope to those of us who seek the joy of expressing our inner selves through the gift of music. This versatile, intimate instrument lends its voice to a wide range of musical styles from Brazilian chouro to American Bluegrass; from Baroque trio concertos to Klezmer doinas; from avant garde contemporary compositions to Top 40 popular classics. Until recently, the mandolin had fallen into relative obscurity after enjoying widespread popularity in the early part of the twentieth century. Today the mandolin is enjoying a musical renaissance, once again returning to its place among the plucked string family of instruments.
L’Esperance is a band of musicians of different backgrounds and ages who come together to enjoy the pleasure of making music with each other. Since 1994, l’Esperance has been sharing that joy with audiences around New England. Recent performance include the Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival in New London, CT; Gallery Night at the Providence Public Library; fundraisers for the YMCA of Armenia and the public library of Phuket, Thailand; and numerous performances at retirement centers and worship services.