Christchurch Jazz Festival: Fantine is from Russia with love

Fantine chats to Grant Smithies of the stuff.co.nz about her upcoming dates in New Zealand.

One minute it was borscht, stroganoff and solyanka soup while the snow fell softly outside; the next, tanned cobbers in short shorts were chucking another prawn on the barbie under the relentless ocker sun.

"Actually, I bounced back and forth around the world for years," says jazz singer Fantine Maria Pritoula from a New York hotel.