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.
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.
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.
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
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.
For the second year in a row, Anne Roumanoff is coming to US for a small tour. The French comedienne will perform her show in San Fransisco on February 23rd, Los Angeles of February 24th, and New York City at the Gramercy Theater on February 26th. She will perform her one woman show: 'Aimons-nous les uns les autres' (let’s love each other), in French. Roumanoff has already seen much success in 2016, in particular with a tour in France, Belgium and Switzerland. She will be back at the Alhambra (Paris Xe) from the 26th of July, where she had a huge success last year. More information: http://www.anneroumanoff.com/
Yael Naim has been declared France’s 2016 Artist of the Year. Having accepted her award along with a touching live performance of “Dream In My Head” this past weekend in Paris at the 31st Victoires de la Musique (France’s version of The Grammys), Naim is gearing up to return to the U.S. next week for her first North American dates since 2011. The FrenchIsraeli singersongwriter also confirms that her criticallyacclaimed new album Older will see a US release later this year ft. exclusive content. Further details on the forthcoming U.S. album release are still to beyet announced, however fans of the artist in NYC and Chicago are in for an early treat when Naim returns to the states for select City Winery Shows next week.
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.
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
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.