FEBRUARY 19, 2016

Yael Naim, Named 'Artist of the Year' at les Victoires; Performing in US

By Francerocks

Yael Naim has been declared France’s 2016 Artist of the Year. H​aving 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.

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Alex Grenier Trio on Tour

By Francerocks

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.

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

Pierre Bensusan on Tour in 2016

By Francerocks

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.

DECEMBER 18, 2015

Alexandre Tharaud on Tour in 2016 in America

By Francerocks

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

DECEMBER 16, 2015

'Alone on Christmas Day' Featuring Phoenix with Bill Murray

By Francerocks

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.

DECEMBER 7, 2015

French Nominees, 58th Grammy Awards

By Francerocks

France has had much success at the Grammy Awards in recent years, garnering many nominations for artists like Daft Punk, the classical label Harmonia Mundi, and famed film composer Alexandre Desplat, among many others. Without further ado, here are the French nominees for the Grammy Awards, to be awarded on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.

NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Quatuor Thymos at the Kennedy Center and on Tour

By Francerocks

Paris-based quartet Le Quatuor Thymosare set to return for a small tour in the United States in January 2016. For their Kennedy Center return, Thymos Quartet has chosen Schubert's "Rosamunde" quartet and beloved "Trout" quintet, and a quartet by Dejours. Music Director Christoph Eschenbach is at the keyboard, with Yann Dubost playing the double bass.

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

Two French Musicians Among 2015 Young Concert Artists, Inc. International Prize Winners

By Francerocks

Following auditions at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Young Artists, Inc. announced six prize winners for its prestigious international auditions, among whom were two talented French musicians: 22 year-old pianist Rémi Geniet and 25 year-old oboist Olivier Stankiewicz. First Prize Winners of the Final Auditions in New York are presented in debut recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Winners become members of the roster of Young Concert Artists, which brings concert engagements throughout the United States, publicity, promotional materials and career guidance. The value of the First Prize has been estimated at US $75,000.

OCTOBER 23, 2015

Ensemble Variances in the United States

By Francerocks

Two composer-performers, two continents, and one very exciting collaborative work of art. “Cri Selon Cri” (or, “Cry by Cry” in English) is the brainchild of France’s Thierry Pécou and the United States’ Lisa Bielawa — a work which brings together their compositions, performance, and, quite literally, their cries of pain. This tour, sponsored in part by the French government, demonstrates the power of music to bring people closer. Bielawa’s powerhouse vocals and Pécou’s piano playing will be backed by Ensemble Variances. The group–whose love of “combining different aesthetic and artistic styles” led them to this project–also consists of Anne Cartel, flute; Carjez Gerretsen, clarinet; Nicolas Prost, saxophone; Liana Gourdjia, violin; and David Louwerse, violoncello.

OCTOBER 19, 2015

Quatuor Debussy to Tour the US with Opus, Circa

By Francerocks

Fourteen acrobats from the dazzling Australian troupe Circa (under Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz) tumble and trustfall to the frenetic sounds of Shostakovich in this fusion of jaw-dropping physical feats and music. Against a rapidly shifting mise-en-scène, the acrobats manipulate and occasionally blindfold the members of France’s renowned Debussy String Quartet, as they perform three of the Russian composer’s quartets live on stage. Over the course of this delicate and savage thriller, Circa’s band of extreme acrobats and artists risk all in a devilish deal with anti-gravity, embodying the music’s tormented romanticism with precise abandon.

OCTOBER 19, 2015

New Release and Videos from Mylène Farmer

By Francerocks

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.

OCTOBER 12, 2015

New Christine and the Queens Album ft. Perfume Genius and Tunji Ige Available NOW for Free on Hype Machine

By Francerocks

Recently named ‘Artist of the Year’ in France and causing a sensation in the US and around the globe with appearances at the United Nations, on the Seth Myers show and an upcoming tour supportingMarina and the Diamonds, Christine and the Queens is back in full force with her new self-titled album via Because Music and Neon Gold. Featured on the album are also Perfume Genius and Tunji Ige. Christine will play three shows in New York City in November during a a major North American tour, the first of which, opening for Marina and the Diamonds at Terminal 5, are already sold out.

Pages