The So French Cabaret is a unique jazz ensemble (featuring the harp) which promotes French and American songs of the 1930’s - 1940’s. Based on a traditional swing ensemble, So French Cabaret’s rhythm section features a guitarist, and the centerpiece of the band being a full-sized harp which adds a fairy “je ne sais quoi” to the irresistible hot jazz groove.
Margot Sergent, the featured vocalist of So French Cabaret, is already mentioned as one of the most captivating artists of her generation.
"Margot’s live performances convey a physical delight in playing music as well as an artist's sensitivity to the complicated harmonies and rhythms of jazz; her harp is a perfect instrument, attached to a musician of superb instincts, capable of expressing profound human experiences with a wholly original voice" - Archie Shepp, legendary jazz saxophonist
"Margot Varret's technique and interpretative skills are at the pinnacle of the music industry; what she does is pure poetry." - Kirk Lightsey, jazz pianist
"Margot’s charismatic presence and amazing musicality never fails to genuinely touch her audience whenever she performs; she is an "impressionistic" artist who can turn popular tunes into art." - Pierre Boussaguet, bassist for award-winning jazz pianist and film composer Michel Legrand
Bio: Margot Varret is a classically-trained harp player and has performed in orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist in France for ten years. In 2015, Margot moved to New York City from Paris where she was performing in several prominent jazz clubs such as 38 Riv, Club Rayé, and Baiser Salé, as well as other publicly sponsored musical events, such Fete de la musique (The national day celebrating music) and Dialogues on Humanity in Lyon (world wise conferences about philosophy, society and arts).
Margot has toured with two high-profile big bands: a Brazilian jazz band with the notable bandleader Mônica Passos, where she had the honor to collaborate with legendary saxophonist Archie Shepp, and also a band led by French singer-songwriter Nolwen LeRoy, the best-selling artist in France in 2011.
In 2011, while completing her studies in vocal performance, songwriting and jazz improvisation at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Margot decided to create her own project, So French Cabaret. Margot arranged French versions of swing standards for a harp-based jazz quartet and quickly began booking performances with increasing frequency to represent the connection between French and American culture in prominent public events, such as the 10th anniversary of the press French Morning, the Air France 5000 runners race in Central Park - Run for Life, and Albertine Library literary conferences.