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"A dynamic group musically and visually... An engaging and versatile vocalist, Janet Rayor also inhabits the music as a dancer, an actress, and a clown... thoroughly entertaining."

Jane Prancan, Qwest Foundation director, Denver Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum exhibit sponsor

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      Rouge French cafe music delights with original, modern, and classic popular songs from Edith Piaf to Zazie! Performing in French and English, Rouge is a playful meeting of cultures. This inventive team of internationally touring world, classical, jazz musician-composers is based in Seattle and Philadelphia.

Vocalist-dancer Janet Rayor, the theatrical presence, whose sensuous voice has graced film and theatre recordings, founded the highly successful group in 1998, and is helping to popularize classic French music and dance in the US; accordionist Steve Rice is a versatile and creative jazz artist who tours with The Harry James Orchestra, won the Oscar Peterson Award at Berklee College, and whose songs are appearing around the world in film, tv, and commercials; violinist Brandon Vance, a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, records extensively, and is also a member of Alchymeia, Tacoma Symphony, and Northwest Sinfonietta; Cary Black is an stand-out bassist who has recorded prolifically and played luminaries including Ernestine Anderson, The Kingston Trio, and Dan Hicks; and guitarist Dave Bartley has played with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and composes extensively for contra band KGB. Together as Rouge, they create an unforgettable experience of cobblestone France that has touched people of all ages with their playful style around the country--Denver Art Museum to Los Angeles's Red Cat Theatre to Grand Rapids' Grand Valley State University to Seattle's Triple Door.

Red Cat Theatre * Choochokam Festival * Microsoft * KBCS * City of Kenmore Summer Concerts * American Heart Association Ball * Canterbury Faire * CenterStage Spokane * Viscount * Denver Art Museum * Columbia Tower Club * Maximilien's * KING FM * 5th Avenue Theatre * Cystic Fibrosis Foundation * Seattle Out to Lunch * Mercer Isl. Mostly Music Concerts * Arboretum * The Ruins * Benaroya Founders Hall * Portland Community College * Olympic Four Seasons


Rouge has concertized at Panida Theatre in Idaho, Grand Valley State University Michigan, Everett Performing Arts Center, Benaroya Founders Hall, San Juan Theatre & Arts Ctr., CenterStage Spokane, Mercer Island Music in the Parks, Kenmore Concert Series, Juan de Fuca Festival of Arts, Art on the Green Couer D'Alene, Choochokam Arts Festival, Portland's Viscount Ballroom, and the KBCS Stage at NW Folklife Festival.

Rouge has opened major exhibits at LA's Red Cat Theatre of the Walt Disney Concert Complex, Denver Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, MaryHill Art Museum at the Columbia Gorge, and Holter Art Museum in Montana.

Corporate parties, auctions, and weddings have included Microsoft, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, St. Joseph's Hospital Idaho, Columbia Towers, The Ruins, Sunset Club, Sheraton, Westin, Olympic Four Seasons, and many others.


Janet began singing solos at 9 and training at 11. Her rich, unique, interactive style is influenced by her early careers in mime/mask, theatre repertory, and dance companies. Though Rouge is "home," Janet debuted the comedy mime role for Seattle Opera's 2008 "Pagliacci" and performs as a professional stilt-dancer in her fantastic costume designs.

Accordionist Steve Rice is well known in the Northwest for his strong jazz chops, coloristic improvisation style, and good humor. He has toured and recorded extensively with jazz, Klezmer, Cajun, and folkloric groups including "The Mazeltones," "Bochinche," and "Shawn's Kugel." He won the Oscar Peterson Award at Berklee College of Music for jazz piano and tours internationally with The Harry James Orchestra. A published composer, he contributes, among others, to "Rouge," "Tony & the Goombas," and "Club Brulant." He has a wide range of interests including antiquing, roller-blading, and studying other cultures.

Guitarist Dave Bartley also plays mandolin, cittern, and other stringed instruments. He's a prolific composer who revels in wide variety of genres from swing to Celtic to Greek Rebetika, playing with such bands as KGB, Bag o'Tricks, Ruby Slippers, Valse Cafe Orchestra, Pasatempo, and the Gina Sala Ensemble. He has also performed with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. He has several recordings and has toured throughout the US, Europe and Australia. He sets aside time each summer to go hiking with his wife, Mary.

Bassist Cary Black's performance and recording credits include work with Ernestine Anderson, The Kingston Trio, Dan Hicks, Laurie Lewis, Laurindo Almeida, Frankie Avalon, Tex Beneke, Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer), The Boys of the Lough, Bob Brookmeyer, Cyd Charisse, Nokie Edwards (Ventures), Mitzi Gaynor, The Grand Ol' Opry, Richard Harris, Garrison Keillor, Frankie Laine, Laura Love, Rose Maddox, Mark Murphy, Mollie O'Brien, Van Dyke Parks, Johnny Ray, Joan Rivers, Diane Schuur, Kay Starr, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Ernie Watts, and Glen Yarbrough. At home in so many musical genres, Cary, also a producer and teacher, has been described by Alan Senauke in "Sing Out!" magazine as "a musician's musician"!

Violinist Brandon Vance, a two-time National Scottish fiddling champion, has his masters degree from Cleveland Institute of Music. A truly gifted player, he records extensively, improvising with passion and then shines easily in classical orchestras. He is also a member of Alchymeia.

Guitarist Julian Catford has performed in Mallorca, Spain; Scotland, Tahiti, Mexico, and appeared as a guest artist on television. He has accompanied many notables including Rosemary Clooney, Robert Merrill, and Cab Calloway. He is a prolific composer and has made multiple recordings. An inspired musician, Julian has studied with major Brazilian musicians including Arnaldinho do Cavaco and classical guitar with Guillermo Fierens (student of Segovia).

Violinist Paul Elliott has toured with Michelle Shocked and his recording credits include film, television, radio and CDs, including Scott Nygaard's "No Hurry" on Rounder Records and his original jazz recordings with"Catwalk."