Student organizations that have won France on Campus Awards are beginning to launch their projects, which explore and promote French culture in new and creative ways.
Book lovers will get their reading lists ready! Independent libraries across the United States and more specifically in Los Angeles (Book Soup) and Denver (Tattered Cover Book Store) will soon be providing curated "French Corners", designed to bring you the best of French and Francophone literature!
Celebrated conductor William Christie and his acclaimed early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants explore the hedonistic side of the French Baroque with the rarely staged opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, by André Campra (1660-1744), famed successor to composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Gamblers, carnies, gypsies, and jilted lovers—baring lots of leg via scanty updates on period dress—populate a series of stories in this crimson-hued carnival of courtly music, dance from Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and Venetian decadence, originally conceived in the anti-authoritarian ferment surrounding the Sun King Louis XIV’s final days. Play-within-a-play plot devices, melodies borrowed from Lully’s opera Atys, gliding gondolas, and dancing sheep round out Campra’s whimsical nod to French libertinism. They will perform in New York at the Guggenheim on April 11th and the Brooklyn Academy of Music from April 14th through 17th, as well as select dates around the country.
On March 20, 2016, Dr.
Alain Mabanckou delivers his first lecture at the Collège de France; Paris hosts the 36th annual Salon du Livre; Presses Universitaires de France bookstore has a new location and a new way to sell books; The French-American Foundation has announced their 2015 translation prize finalists; a new union for literary agents promotes and defends the profession in Francophone publishing; upcoming American releases; MEL Publisher aims to renew interest in living but under-appreciated comics artists.
Parisian 7 piece electronic big band Caravan Palace is set to tour the U.S. this spring in support of their critically acclaimed third full-length album, <|°_°|>, out now on Le Plan Recordings. See below for a full list of dates.Since its release, <|°_°|> has received extensive critical praise. In premiering the record, KCRW noted that “this new album keeps the good times coming, with a potent mix of fun-loving genre mashups.” Host Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World” commented on air, “you can see my body moving, because…it is!” and PopMatters named the album the “#2 Pop Record of 2015.” The record also saw chart success, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance Album chart and #5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart; it has remained on the Billboard Electronic/Dance chart for over 20 weeks.
International creative force Asaf Avidan is a unique voice in today’s music scene. A bestselling, Platinum certified, mass followed star across Europe, he will be winning the hearts of a new audience this April on a nationwide US tour. Living all over the world, Avidan left the continent of America untrodden until just two years ago, and so was less known state side. Once introduced, he quickly garnered the attention of critics. Described by the New York Times as “an artist that writes like Leonard Cohen, sings like Robert Plant, and has the charisma of a cabaret performer” and NPR drawing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Bob Dylan “but they add up to a wholly original sound, with songs that are beautifully written and fervently performed”, Avidan is set to continue building his following across America with the upcoming tour dates.