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.
The promotion of young talent is at the forefront of the music programming by the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France. Seeking to establish a device for the advancement of young musicians from France and the United States, American violinist Miranda Cuckson performed at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 24th, followed by a concert of the French guitar quartet from Paris, Quatuor Eclisses, at the Phillips Collection on Sunday, January 26th. Through this first musical weekend, Fusion was born.
Gaëlle Le Gallic, renowned music journalist and producer at France Musique for Radio France in Paris. Le Gallic traveled from Paris to accompany both the Cultural Service and the Phillips Collection in this new musical venture. Here is an interview with her.
April 30, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Opera Lafayette, a music company based in Washington, D.C., devotes much of their 2014 programming to Rameau. Celebrating Rameau, Part One: The Salon will take place at the Kennedy Center on April 30th. Opera Lafayette will continue celebrating Rameau on October 6th at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall when it presents his opéra ballet Les Fêtes de L’Hymen et de L’Amour ou Les Dieux d’Egypte (The Celebrations of Love and Marriage or the Gods of Egypt). There is no other major opera company in the United States putting on a work by Rameau.
Deadline: March 31, 2014 -- The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects – commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes – that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States.
Make it your New Year’s resolution to hear French jazz musician Cécile McLorin Salvant at least once in 2014. Salvant is playing a number of shows, including a very special performance at the Lycée Français in New York on January 9th.
Lady Gaga samples the voices of French duo Zombie Zombie on her new single “Venus”, the third single off the album Artpop, to be released on November 11th. The similarity between Lady Gaga’s “Venus” and “Rocket Number 9″, performed by Zombie Zombie and released in March 2012, does not stop with the sample used, but can also be found in the way in which the American artist sings.
March 10 - April 10, 2014
Embassy of France
The 2014 Festival de la Francophonie seeks to celebrate the diversity and richness of French language and francophone communities around the world. In this regard, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France participates in the programming of this year's Festival de la Francophonie with four events that showcase the creativity in French music, literature, film, and cuisine.
The French duo Daft Punk won five awards this year, including album of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best dance/electronica album, all for their 2013 Random Access Memories. It was an unprecedented haul for a French group, and more awards than any other artist that night.
The following is a list of French nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
We've selected September's best new French releases to energize your back-to-school season with the France Rocks Back to School Playlist on Spotify.
The Marseille-based hip-hop group IAM performed in Central Park with Rakim as part of Fete de la Musique / Make Music New York festival 2013. This concert was the first live performance by the band in New York City. In this video, the six memebers of the group express their thoughts on the city, French hip hop and more.