Musicians' Diary

What our music could have been like. If…


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If we were born Turkish or from some Balkan village, being musicians could have been like that:

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Traditionally, at least if we refer to the last century, musicians had a rôle to play within Breton society. They were the ones present at weddings, for baptism ceremonies, to celebrate harvests, big fairs, departures to the army any major social events, even for elections.

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Breton wedding around Vannes Area in 1906
Image source >here<

Nowadays, it is more than unusual for people to hire traditional musicians for a wedding. There are meaningful exceptions. But I haven’t heard of any musicians making a living out of wedding playings like it can be in Turkey, or like it used to be in Brittany too. Unless they are DJ’s, or maybe a retro-cover-band?

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Breton wedding music
Image source >here<

Although we sing the same songs and tunes, as well as dances as singers used to about 60 years ago, we can’t really say we make the same music. We play for concerts, we play for festivals, we play for videos, we play for recordings. But in most of cases, even in Brittany, we play for people that don’t understand our language.

But… it’s only up to us to find & invent our own Tradition.

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Until the next generation will take over.

§ Simone

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Astrakan world music album on band camp

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