and Breton music - a rare blend....
people last night attended a concert starring Erik Marchand and the
Taraf de Caransebes. Within the walled garden of the Bishop's palace,
the Breton singer's pure and nasal tones blended with the frenzied
Hungarian gypsy brass accompaniment. As the show progressed, Balkan
music alternated with Breton dancing and Erik Marchand's own compositions.
"We are going to finish with a dance of diverse origins; it has a
bit of Morbihan in it, and a bit of the country we used to call Yugoslavia."
One of the most beautiful traditional Breton voices took up its melodic
refrain in time with the brass section, as always, raring to go. The
dance was melancholy, but relatively swift in tempo; wistful, and
After a second encore, the singer took his Breton clarinet (a dreujenn-gaol)
and all the musicians, including the violinist Jacky Molard and the
Breton bagpipe player left the stage still playing, as the audience
stomped and clapped.
"Wonderful! We never have these mixed-genre kind of musical performances
at home", explained one couple from the Alps. "The brass section gives
a fresh kind of sound and goes incredibly well with the bagpipes",
Gwénolé, a bell-ringer from Guingamp observed. "And the voice is so
fundamental to a concert..." 90 minutes of concert later, and the
stage was once again empty among the flowering lime and magnolia trees,
and a very satisfied audience moved off towards the tavern in the
gardens... the music went on until 2.00 am.