BIOPart colonial and part indigenous, the eccentric jazz of Rebirth Canal flows from many sources. Feverish Afrolatin grooves give way to a languid hip hop swing or a coy bossa, while thick piano chords and addictive melodies charm both body and soul. Marrying influences from Elis Regina to Debussy or J Dilla, Camille Mai’s original songs are as finely arranged as they are emotionally wild, exploring extremes of love, pain, and beauty. She is backed by some the Bay Area’s most up and coming musicians—including Schuyler Karr on upright bass, Daniel Riera on flute and wind synths, and Darian Gray on drums.
A Bay Area native of Vietnamese and French descent, Camille Mai was born in 1993 and started composing for piano as soon as she could reach the keys. In 2005 her family moved to Paris, where she studied composition with pianist Jay Gottlieb and performed with local jazz and pop acts. By the age of 18 she had recorded two EPs.
Now a regular of the San Francisco music scene, Camille has been featured in venues as diverse as Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the SF Conservatory of Music, Carnaval SF, Peace Day Fest, and the Red Poppy Art House where she was a resident artist in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 she organized a tour of the West Coast with her then-jazz ensemble, The View From Bernal Hill. Camille has also been commissioned as a composer for interdisciplinary projects like Dia de los Muertos at Davies Hall, Teobi’s Dreaming and 43 Artists for Ayotzinapa.
Camille also lives a double life as an illustrator. As a visual artist, she creates and designs all of the band’s album art, posters, and website. In addition to freelance work for clients such as Soltrón SF, Watsky, and the Diego Rivera Mural Project at City College, she is currently writing a graphic novel chronicling her grandmother’s childhood in 1950's Saigon.