This year’s Fête de la Musique celebration at the Institut Français in London will take place the day after the official celebration on the 21st but is otherwise entirely in keeping with the spirit of Fête de la Musique/Music Day concept; all concerts are FREE and a variety of musical styles will be on display. As ever, the French music export office (Bureau Export) has overseen the choice of acts in this year’s musical melting pot, where Benoit Carré’s urbane pop mixes with Modou Touré’s powerful Senegalese blues, Madagascar-born Nogabe Randriaharimalala’s intricate guitar melodies, Chantage’s breathtaking choral performances, and Odran Trümmel’s unique blend of folk, psychedelic pop and quirky jazz.
What’s more, there will also be FREE Ricard apéritifs between 18.30-19.30.
doors open at 4.30pm, concerts start at 5.00pm | free
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Carré’s former group, Lilicub, scored a big summer hit in France in ’96 with ‘Voyage en Italie’, were nominated in the category for ‘Revelation of the year’ at the 1997 Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of the Brit Awards) and won the SACEM (the counterpart of the Performing Rights Society in France) prize for best French group in 1998. After writing for Françoise Hardy and Johnny Hallyday, Carré has now released his first solo album of wry, sophisticated pop songs (the kind the French do so well!), Célibatorium, including a duet with his sister, actress Isabelle Carré.
Touré, from Senegal, was born into music as a way of life as the son of Ousmane Touré, the famous lead vocalist of the Touré Kunda Band from the 80s and 90s. Modou has developed his own style despite the strong resemblance between his voice and that of his father, mixing Afro-blues, pop and folk.
Randriaharimalala was born in Madagascar and began playing various instruments when he was a child. He left Madagascar in 1977 for Beijing where he became the drummer of the very first rock band in China, Peking All Stars. A fabulously agile guitarist, singer and songwriter, he now plays in a lively trio format with two percussionists.
Chantage is an amateur choir formed in 1999 by its Musical Director James Davey, which quickly established itself in London and across the UK. It draws singers from all over the country and from all walks of life and its repertoire is wide-ranging, featuring works traditionally performed by English chamber choirs alongside lesser- known works sourced from foreign choral cultures.
A solo performance from multi-faceted songwriter Odran Trümmel, focusing on finger-picked guitar and playing a unique blend of folk, psychedelic pop and quirky jazz.
Plus special guests to be announced.
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