Traditional and jazz accordion mingle in Madagascan blend
Beguiled by Régis Gizavo's melody
Photo Fred Tanneau.
Gizavo is perhaps the most difficult among the array of accordionists
appearing at the festival to place. He comes from Madagascar, itself
decidedly multi-cultural, and has carved his own individual blend of
traditional and jazz against this background. Tuesday evening's performance
Régis Gizavo is not content to just accompany other people, even though
in doing so his originality remains intact. He is someone who creates
music, and has a lot to say, and particularly about his island, its
people and legends. "For me, the voice is the supreme instrument" he
explained to the audience on Tuesday night "and the accordion is just
there to accompany." And indeed the audience will see for themselves
that this gifted musician is also a highly skilled singer, with a very
personal blues and jazz style. Régis Gizavou's music has many different
strands of colour - like Madagascar, the crossroads of Africa, Europe
duo plays trad
performance was preceded by an appearance from the Bertrand brothers
who hail from the Breton marshlands, where Brittany joins with the Vendée.
One of them discovered the "veuse", a sort of bagpipe, at a very young
age, and has busied himself ever since with bringing it back to life
from total abandonment. The other plays diatonic accordion. The two
musicians accompanied by Thierry Moreau (who plays in Cabestan) on cello,
played tunes from all over the Vendée.