In this sense, the band members are “wandering the streets of different musical cultures,” Goldford said.
Another reason Flaneur Daguerre was created was to provide a much-needed creative outlet for the band’s five members, some of whom make a living with artistically unfulfilling gigs such as corporate events and weddings.
“It’s kind of a relief for us to be able to play this stuff,” said Goldford, “and to be able to recognize that musical experience isn’t just about hearing the most pleasant sounds possible.”
Here’s one song from the band’s repertoire that you’re not likely to hear at a wedding: a mash-up of Thelonius Monk’s Bemsha Swing and Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. Goldford says the idea came about when Vanbuel accidentally discovered that the two songs shared similar chord changes.
Never mind that one is a classic jazz standard and the other a rock song.
“It’s all good music,” Goldford said. “We can learn about one music by playing another.”