SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Upcoming Performances from Harpist Melanie Genin

By Francerocks

Hailed by the Epoch Times as a “singular virtuoso with an exquisitely sensitive playing” Mélanie Genin, is a French harpist currently based in New York. She has recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall as a soloist in the Debussy Dances for harp and orchestra as the first prizewinner of the International Shining stars series. An international representative of the French harp school, she is the only harpist finalist of the 2014 prestigious Concert Artist Guild competition of New York and a semifinalist of the 2014 International Young artist competitions. A passionate and dedicated chamber music player, Ms. Genin is also very dedicated to gaining a larger audience for the harp and developing its repertoire. A fervent advocate of new music she has commissioned several pieces, and premiered several works of composers such as Wei-Chieh Lin, Jules Matton and Yuri Boguinia.

AUGUST 26, 2016

Christine and the Queens on Tour

By Francerocks

Christine and the Queens has had a huge year: they’ve performed at New York’s Webster Hall and Terminal 5 in November on a tour supporting Marina and the Diamonds then slayed in April at Coachella in California and Governor’s Ball in June in New York. Now Christine and the Queens returns for a tour that will bring her to Terminal 5 in New York in October and Treasure Island Fest in SFO, among others.

AUGUST 25, 2016

Piaf! The Show Touring the US; Carnegie Hall in January

By Francerocks

With over half a million tickets sold in more than 30 countries and acclaimed reviews worldwide PIAF!, THE SHOW – a musical celebration of the life and music of the legendary French chanteuse – returns to America as part of the extended world tour. Tickets are on sale now. The highlight of the American leg of a 400-performance global tour is the special presentation at Carnegie Hall on January 6, 2017, at 8pm on the 60th anniversary of Edith Piaf's last performance at the famous venue.

AUGUST 24, 2016

Brodinski Announces US Tour

By Francerocks

French electro producer Brodinski is coming back to the US in September and October for a tour that brings him from Philadelphia to Seattle. In New York the Bromance DJ will play Brooklyn’s Output club on September 24th. His mixtape that explore the Atlanta rap scene, ‘The Sour Patch Kid’ will be released on September 9th.

JUNE 29, 2016

FACE Awards Twelve Contemporary Music Fund Grants

By French Culture

In 2016/2017, the FACE Contemporary Music Fund will support a great deal of ambitious, high-quality contemporary music projects. Twelve were selected through a competitive process and each received up to $14,000 in funding, with total grants to all projects amounting to $100,000.

MAY 26, 2016

Paris-New York Tandem Transatlantic Cultural Exchange Kicks Off

By French Culture

Paris and New York—two cities with deeply intertwined cultural roots—are renewing their historic bond this summer through a five-month transatlantic cultural exchange. Kicking off on June 7th, the Paris-New York Tandem will feature over fifty events in both cities that incorporate artists, artworks, and themes native to the other.

MARCH 23, 2016

Les Arts Florissants in the United States

By Francerocks

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.

MARCH 10, 2016

Caravan Palace Announces Tour

By Francerocks

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.

MARCH 10, 2016

Asaf Avidan on Tour

By Francerocks

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.

MARCH 2, 2016

France Rocks Austin 2016

By Francerocks

France returns to Austin's SXSW Festival, one of the largest in the world, in a big way in 2016, with an impressive lineup of established and emerging acts that span genres, like Fakear, Cocorosie, L.E.J., Marina Kaye, Talisco, Alice on the Roof and many more. France Rocks is organizing three showcases during the music portion of SXSW, which runs from March 15 - 20, 2016. These events include a Lunch with French Tech at Brush Square Park on Tuesday March 15th, a showcase that evening at Trinity Hall on 6th St, and a Thursday evening showcase at Central Presbyterian Church. The music portion of SXSW runs from March 15th through 20th, 2016. This is certainly not the first time France has made a major splash on the Texas festival. In the past, France Rocks has hosted many acts going on to great international visibility, including Stromae, Christine and the Queens, Yelle, Ibeyi, La Femme, Yan Wagner, Revolver, Hindi Zahra and many more.

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Magma on Tour

By Francerocks

One of music's most innovative and eclectic ensembles Magma will tour North America beginning in March 2016. Swirling riffs in odd time signatures, theatrical choir arrangements, heavy and distorted pulsing bass guitar, bombastic and minimalistic (sometimes both at the same time), dark and brooding, adventurous and angelic, jazzy or classical, but always with the highly innovative and original drums of founder and main composer Christian Vander. On the forthcoming US dates the legendary ensemble will be performing selections of new and classic Magma music! “MAGMA is happy to return to the United States to play for Americans. We know you are passionate, respectful and curious about music. We find you to be generous and open. It will be a joy for us to see you this year.” - Christian Vander

FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Upcoming Release from Frank Woeste and Dave Douglas

By Francerocks

French pianist Frank Woeste collaborates with American trumpeter Dave Douglas on a new repertoire for jazz quartet, with trumpet, bass, piano, and drums. The project is inspired by the life and work of Man Ray and his colleagues in the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th century. The quartet, called DADA PEOPLE, also includes bassist Yashushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.

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