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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Terakaft (meaning “caravan” in Tamasheq) is a genuine desert rock band, sculpted by the pure searing air and the endless rolling sands of the Sahara. The stark, harsh conditions of the desert have permeated their wild riffs, and as a result they are the perfect embodiment of all that is wild and free in desert blues today. Terakaft was formed in 2001 with a line-up that included two former members of Tinariwen, and they have since made the electric guitar their own. They will be touring the US in September, including performances in New York at Joe's Pub and at the Chicago World Music Festival.
The United Nations and partners will bring together humanitarian workers, media innovators, celebrity musicians and influencers on the eve of World Humanitarian Day (WHD) in the name of inspiring the world’s humanity using the power of social media. The event will be punctuated by storytelling and musical performances and place a spotlight on humanitarian crises around the world – with the ultimate goal of galvanizing a greater sense of global citizenship through this year’s groundbreaking #ShareHumanity digital campaign.