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Posted January 13, 2017

The artist/composer/producer Jun Miyake’s music is as popular as ever in the context of film/documentary/advertising usages: the latest discovery is a Arte TV documentary shown here in France last night, called « La Nouvelle Vague berlinoise »/“Die Berliner Nouvelle Vague” containing two of his well-known and often requested compositions: LILIES OF THE VALLEY, his biggest hit in terms of synchronisation as well as another very popular one: THE HERE AND AFTER, see on arte website.

Posted January 09, 2017

American label Third Man Records will release “Long Way from Home”, a bevy of previously unreleased first recordings by legendary jazz-blues singer and extraordinary guitarist Leon Redbone, who has stopped performing in 2015, because of health problems. The collection of 18 tracks includes work from a live set at the University of Buffalo and a radio session from 1972 where he explores his distinctive style. Here’s Ragtime artist Blind Blake’s Bootleg Rum Dum Blues as performed by Leon Redbone.
You can find more music and fascinating information about this legendary American artist on Redbone’s website. As the New York Times said: Mr. Redbone does not just dig up the past; He embodies it.

Posted January 05, 2017

2017 is off to a very good start, which strengthens our expectations of having a great time with the artists represented here during the course of the year. Here are the first news:

7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa teamed up with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles from Venezuela to record his exquisitely beautiful world-jazz CD “Transparent Water”, with touches of sheng (traditional Chinese flute) by Wu Tong, of Silk Road fame. He will celebrate the February release in France (on World Village/PIAS) with a concert in Marciac on March 4 and in Paris on March 16 (Café de la Danse).

French artist Gaelle Buswel, a singer/guitarist/author/composer whose new album “New Day’s Waiting” , the third one, inspired by Americana, blues, rock and sung in English, will be released in March, will celebrate this release with a concert at the great Paris venue Café de la Danse, on March 10, after having performed as the opening act for the Mountain Men at the same venue in January.

On January 18, at the Sunside jazz club in Paris, the extraordinary composer, pianist, clarinet and saxophone player Renaud-Gabriel Pion presents the music of his 5th album “New York Sketches”, a work borne out of the sounds of the city, in both his composition and recording. Guest performances by Iva Bittová, Arto Lindsay, or Ryuichi Sakamoto, both vocal and instrumental, helped bring it to life.

The Paris Festival “Les Sons d’Hiver” (the Sounds of Winter) will present some of our favourite international artists presented here in France: The Duo Vijay IyerWadada Leo Smith, whose album “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” is on release on ECM, will perform on January 17;

the Voodoo Jazz Trio of the great Jacques Schwarz-Bart will be in concert there on January 22.

And the French quintet of Emile Parisien, with the special guests Joachim Kühn on piano from Germany and the much admired trumpet player Michel Portal from France (label ACT).

On February 21, French pianist and composer Eve Risser will celebrate the release of her new CD « Les Deux Versants se regardent » (the two sides – of a canyon – look at each other) with her White Desert Orchestra (January 2017 cover artist of German magazine JazzThetik, fascinating international reviews at the London Barbican jazz festival, at the Guardian etc.). The performance will take place at the Paris Studio de l’Ermitage.

Posted December 13, 2016

The extraordinary French gypsy group La Caravane Passe continue their great and successful adventure : After concerts in Istanbul and New Caledonia (see photo ;-) at the beginning of the month of December and more French concerts planned before the end of the year, the band will continue touring in 2017 at major venues in France but also in Japan and in the Dominican Republic, amongst others. Another major German festival is already confirmed for 2018!

Posted November 10, 2016

Today is the release of “Almot Wala Almazala”, the new album by flutist Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance ! (Les couleurs du Son/L’autre distribution)
The quintet will play several gigs in France and Switzerland, fetauring guests like Manami Keita, Osloob, Mike Ladd

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Posted January 13, 2015

The year 2015 will be a crucial one for music, for the artists and for the music business. Times are changing more and more quickly, and we all need to adapt, find new solutions, make new connections while pursuing our various musical passions. In France, like in many other countries, independent record companies and distributors are struggling, music publishers need to adapt to new systems at our SACEM society and need to try and make up for missing support for artists/authors/composers elsewhere; giving artistic advice, creating connections with other musicians, helping to find labels and... more