a Brussels based accordion wonder of Belgian-Spanish extraction.
She plays both diatonic and chromatic accordion and is familiar with a number of musical styles, including the "musette" as played in Paris during the swing-jazz period, as well as traditional music from Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, ...
Raquel also performs as a soloist, and provided musical assistance for a number of plays and films (e.g. Cascades, Le Nain Rouge, Tiny et Baldi, ...).
As a studio musician, she recorded with various artists on thirty albums (Jean Paul Albert, Albert Marcoeur, Ten Strings Duo, Christian Merveille, Bernard L'Hoir, Urban Trad, Cadans der Getouwen, ).
When playing with Orion, Raquel takes the audience through various Irish accordion styles.
Her work has been highly praised by the international music press:
"Superb, precise and adventurous accordionplaying"
"The accordion of Raquel Gigot is expressive and passionate"
"This Raquel Gigot is unbelievably brilliant"
"Raquel Gigot swings right down to her finger tips. Her music is full of emotion and spirit, played with precision, finesse and expression."
"It is the finesse, expression and above all, soul, of Raquel Gigot's superb accordion playing that gives the group its unique emotional impact."