French and American Music: The Concert Series Continues

January 28 and April 21, 2016
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and INTERFERENCE ensemble, present The Music of Morton Subotnick and Solos & Ensemble, the two last performances as a part of the concert series Connected: Music in the Museum.


April 15 - 24, 2016
Coachella Festival
April 15, 2016-April 24, 2016 l Indio. It’s back: Coachella returns to Indio, California in 2016 with some major surprises. But certainly not least of all, Coachella 2016 welcomes a veritable treasure trove of French pop and electro acts performing during the perenially sold-out two weekend April festival. In 2016, brace yourselves from performances by Christine and the Queens, M83, St Germain, Ibeyi, Tchami, Amine Edge & Dance, Lido, and Melody’s Echo Chamber.

New Release and Videos from Mylène Farmer

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.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's Upcoming US Performances

One of today’s most sought-after soloists, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has the rare ability to combine poetic musical sensibilities and dazzling technical prowess.

Celebrating the legacy of Rameau - an interview with Ryan Brown, Opera Lafayette

According to the foundations of musical harmony established in the Traité de l’harmonie, “the Ancients” based the rules of harmony on melody, instead of beginning with harmony. The author of this famous text – one on harmony which is now the basis of most 20th-century music textbooks – is Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764), a French composer of the late Baroque period who earned recognition through his complex operas and research in music theory.

Alex Grenier Trio on Tour

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.

Pierre Bensusan on Tour in 2016

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.

Toward the Sea: A Show Inspired by Moby Dick, with Melanie Genin

Feb 26, 2016 | 8PM
The Cell Theater
Toward the sea, a show inspired by Moby Dick" is an immersive performance combining text, music, ambient sounds and visual art. "...where water and meditation are wedded together..." Australian Flutist Catherine Gregory and New York City based French harpist Melanie Genin, embark on an immersive journey exploring Herman Melville's epic tale through music and literary excerpts. Together the music and text convey Melville's philosophical impact and metaphysical questions. The continuous performance from beginning to end is designed with both Moby Dick connoisseurs and the initiated in mind. Join for an interactive wine and musical pre reception experience at 7:30pm powered by Chispa Wines and Felipe Moya

Le Poème Harmonique in New York

American Academy of Arts and Letters
A celebrated fixture of Miller’s early music series, the beguiling French ensemble Le Poème Harmonique first came to international attention over a decade ago with their performances of airs de cour, lauded as “more than a beautiful anthology, a journey into history” (Le Monde). These songs of passion and unrequited love captured the delicate beauty idealized by the French aristocracy and are a perfect fit for the ensemble’s impassioned performance style—and for the acoustically lush Academy of Arts & Letters, where this performance is presented.

Alexandre Tharaud on Tour in 2016 in America

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

'Alone on Christmas Day' Featuring Phoenix with Bill Murray

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.