Squiban : sea-breezes over Mont Frugy
Salty flurries emanating
from Didier Squiban wafted over some 1000 people assembled at the foot
of Mont Frugy. Armor Lux, the festival, and the Chamber of Commerce sponsored
this show for the pianist Didier Squiban from Molène, accompanied by two
of Brittany’s most original vocalists.
is currently working on a third album with Squiban, and with Manu Lann
Huel, Squiban recently recorded a public performance of music from the
islands. An opening chiming chorus was followed by a dreamy piano solo,
and then a « swing » type of dance. Squiban’s style is based on traditional
tunes which are overlaid with his personalised jazz interpretation.
The resplendent voice
of Yann-Fañch introduced echoes of Breton music : he started the concert
with « Enez Eusa », and here it became apparent that the Résistance amphitheatre
may not have been the ideal setting ! .
As a performer,
Squiban is not just a solo artist however. He leads An Tour Tan, which
was set up during Brest ’96 and brings together big names in Breton music,
and he amply confirmed during the course of the evening this breadth of
range. Squiban’s « big band » carried the audience with it right up to
the final explosion of light and colour. A leading guest singer, Stéphane
Eicher, with whom Didier Squiban is currently working on various projects,
also joined in the show. The only disappointment was the low turn-out
for this spectacular production.