Tsigane music won over the public
Tsigane music won over the public, made possible by the Kocani Orkestar on Monday and Tuesday night. At "Chantal le Crêpe", the public were dancing among the musicians to the rhythm of the "tapan" (the big drum). At the "Ceili" (an Irish pub), a little boy of seven or eight took the role of conductor with a straw from the bar. In short, the atmosphere was ----, onlokkers stop and look to listen for a while to this Eastern music, and cars park a bit further away, and their occupants have a drink on the terrace. In just one evening over 200 people assisted in the making of a concert!!
A believer in multi-ethnic folklore
Jimmy Di Genova is the artistic director of a group of professional Canadian folk dancers. He has come to see the unfolding of the Festival this year, of which he thinks the layout is very interesting for an event such as that of this one in Quimper. This is, however, not Jimy Di Genova's first visit to the Festival of Cornouaille. He actually came over two years ago with his group "Les Sortilèges". It was only a short visit due to health reasons. This year, he aims to get full enjoyment out of the Festuval. Jimmy Di Genova has been interested in folk since 1966, when he was asked to form a dance group.
The programme for the "off" Festival
Lou Jimm. "Chez Paul" this Thursday Lou the singer of the former rock group from Nantes "Zoopsie" (1980-1988) will be in Quimper for the Festival. The singer has somewhat disentangled himself from the American influences, forming instead a European rock group. On stage, the artist completely disemploys English, instead cultivates a very personal world, talking about travelling and exile. "I don't play Blues, I never have,"says the singer. "I play European rock, a mixture of influences from across the Channel and from across the Atlantic, but also and above all, tsigane, slavonic and mediterranean.
The Blue Zone. At "Blue note", route de Douarnenez, at 9.30pm. "Zone Bleue", where all the rhythms are more African than from the Auvergne, the melodies are more orientated towards the Orient, with the aim of portraying blues from the heart and water blue, blue notes". In Zone bleue, Jean-Jacques Baillardis on the batons, Serge Cabon on the strings and Jean-Claude Normant on the fingerboards.
Not enough room for the dancers
The second "Fest-Noz" attracted as many people on Monday evening, so many that for the past two days the question of space at the "Chapeau-Rouge" car-park has been posed."Are there too many dancers, or is the allocated site big enough?" Regarding the former-there's no problem, but the latter, it is a shame that the stage might have to be reduced by a few metres.
Magical Evenings in "Le Jardin d'Envêché"
The "Jardin de l'Envêché" is one of those magical places at the Festival where everyone always finds each other at the end. Anyone and everyone is there. Artists who not take time out to go and quench their thirst, or to dance. As shown here, Gilles Servat, Rita Connolly, Donal Lunny and Erwan Ropars who stretch their legs in a wild "an dro".
A 6 Million Franc Budget
A member of the committee for the past twenty years, Noël Le Drézen has the post at the moment of general treasurer. In 1991, we remember it well , the Festival took a tumble as it were. To put right the situation, the Festival had to take drastic measures : "We have also cleared up relations with the tax department and the town council." This clearness allows the treasurer to assume take his role alot more seriously. "Managing a budget of 6 million is not an easy job. After every Festival, I spend about three weeks sorting out all the accounts".
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