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Cyrille Aimee at LFNY

Feb 24, 2016 | 7PM
Lycée Francais de New York (LFNY)
Cyrille Aimée is a based in Brooklyn French jazz singer known for rhythmic songs with roots in jazz and gypsy styles. She won the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, and won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2012. She will perform at the Lycée Français in New York on February 24th.
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French and American Music: The Concert Series Continues

January 28 and April 21, 2016
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and INTERFERENCE ensemble, present The Music of Morton Subotnick and Solos & Ensemble, the two last performances as a part of the concert series Connected: Music in the Museum.
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FRENCH ACTS COACHELLA 2016

April 15 - 24, 2016
Coachella Festival
April 15, 2016-April 24, 2016 l Indio. It’s back: Coachella returns to Indio, California in 2016 with some major surprises. But certainly not least of all, Coachella 2016 welcomes a veritable treasure trove of French pop and electro acts performing during the perenially sold-out two weekend April festival. In 2016, brace yourselves from performances by Christine and the Queens, M83, St Germain, Ibeyi, Tchami, Amine Edge & Dance, Lido, and Melody’s Echo Chamber.
news

New Release and Videos from Mylène Farmer

The iconic French musician Mylène Farmer is about to release a new album, her 10th, featuring collaborations with world-famous artist Sting. Set to be released November 6th, the album 'Interstellaires' is coming out via Cherrytree/Interscope in the US.
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet's Upcoming US Performances

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.
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Celebrating the legacy of Rameau - an interview with Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette

According to the foundations of musical harmony established in the Traité de l’harmonie, “the Ancients” based the rules of harmony on melody, instead of beginning with harmony. The author of this famous text – one on harmony which is now the basis of most 20th-century music textbooks – is Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764), a French composer of the late Baroque period who earned recognition through his complex operas and research in music theory.
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International Street Cannibals (ISC) Celebrates Premieres by Award-Winning Composers

Feb 7, 2016 | 3:30PM
St Mark's Church in the Bowery
The New York-based new music ensemble ISC, under the direction of cellist Dan Barrett, joins forces with a roster of acclaimed performers to celebrate the Lucca International Music Festival (Accademia d’Estate Internazionale, Lucca, Italy) – a festival founded in 2013 by American flutist Linda DiMartino to promote contemporary chamber music from around the world. The N.Y. concert will feature a selection of premieres by award-winning festival composers, each investigating the tonal palette and acoustical ramifications of their distinctive sonic worlds. This concert is presented as part of Composers Now Festival, taking place throughout New York City in February and celebrating the work of living composers.In addition, the program will feature a rare appearance by Michel Strauss, one of France’s foremost cellists. Strauss will perform the U.S. premiere of French composer Thierry Escaich’s Sopra la Folia (2014), with virtuoso tap/body percussionist Max Pollak, as well as Claude Debussy’s late masterpiece, Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1915), with pianist Mary Jo Pagano. Concert highlights include the world premiere of Hommage à Henri Dutilleux, pour violoncelle et piano (2015) by Dominique Lemaître – one of the most accomplished French composers of his generation – written for and performed by ISC director and cellist Dan Barrett. Flutist Linda DiMartino Wetherill will also perform the world premiere of British composer Alastair Greig’s Even by Moonlight I Have No Piece (2015), a solo flute inspired by the writing of Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, and written for DiMartino Wetherill.Also on the program are the U.S. premiere of Fernando Maglia’s award-winning El otro amanecer (2014), drawing from ancestral chants from Machupes (Argentina) and Coras (Mexico), and performed by flutist Linda DiMartino Wetherill and the composer on guitar; as well as the U.S. premiere of Christopher Lyndon-Gee’s Poema per Gaspara Stampa (1981), performed by cellist Dan Barrett and the composer on piano.
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Alex Grenier Trio on Tour

A French jazz guitarist, Alex Grenier has appeared in various settings almost everywhere in Europe and worldwide (Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada). He will be touring the United States in February.
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Pierre Bensusan on Tour in 2016

Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre Bensusan was voted “Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008″ by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. Pierre will perform across North America in 2016, including a stop at New York’s Iridium jazz club.
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Alexandre Tharaud on Tour in 2016 in America

Acclaimed French pianist, Alexandre Tharaud, whose latest recording of Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations (Erato) was named one of the 25 "best classical music recordings of 2015" by the New York Times, will be performing a number of concerts with various major orchestras and diverse programming, throughout the United States in 2016. "This admirable French pianist took a nine-month sabbatical to hone his interpretation of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations. Beginning with a spacious Aria, Mr. Tharaud offers imaginatively ornamented renditions of each movement, his playing — full of contrasts — spirited and poetic by turn." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
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'Alone on Christmas Day' Featuring Phoenix with Bill Murray

Phoenix release “Alone on Christmas Day”, a cover of a long-lost Beach Boys holiday track from 1979 that was never formally released. Phoenix’s version features a little help from Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, former “Letterman” musical director Paul Shaffer, and New York Dolls’ David Johansen, and appears in the Netflix original holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas, directed by Sofia Coppola. All profits from the song will go to UNICEF.