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.
The Ensemble Intercontemporain will be on tour in the US from Nov. 3rd until Nov. 16th. The Ensemble is a contemporary music ensemble of 31 soloists, dedicated to the performance and promotion of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher they are united by a shared passion for new music. They accompany composers in the exploration of new musical realms, nourished by inventions (new performance and extended techniques, computer music, etc.) and encounters with other forms of artistic expression such as dance, theatre, video and visual arts.
French-American Piano Society Scholarship Recipient Awarded First Prize at the XVI Dorothy MacKenzie Piano Competition
The French-American Piano Society is delighted to congratulate 17-year old French pianist Marie-Ange Nguci (pictured 3rd from the right) on her extraordinary win at the XVI International Keyboard Institute and Festival's MacKenzie Competition on August 2nd in New York City. A student at the Conservatoire de Paris, Marie-Ange outplayed 35 international candidates and captivated the audience and jury with her artistry, originality, and technical mastery. We are also pleased congratulate Tanguy de Williencourt who placed in the semi-finals of the competition. See full press release here.
Presenting FRANCE ROCKS, Vol. 2 from Bureau Export New York, featuring music from of the most exciting up-and-coming French indie-pop and electro artists beginning to break through in the US. Distributed to over 200 college radio programers across North America, France Rocks, Vol. 2 launched to widespread enthusiasm on July 14, 2015 thanks to support from The Syndicate, SACEM, and Institut Français. France Rocks, Vol. 2 includes tracks from fifteen of the most exciting acts coming out of France today, from international pop superstars making waves with American audiences, like Stromae, Lilly Wood & the Prick, and Christine and the Queens, to underground electro acts like Cotton Claw, Bobmo, and Einleit.