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A painting to say goodbye, an art experience about inspiration, destruction and transformation.


The songs featured in the vlog and final part are both from In锚s album and book.

For all the rest, watch the video – and leave us a nice comment so that we know you did and enjoyed it 馃槈

Subtitles in Breton/French/English

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A帽riet Rolland 路 gwerz, street art and roads 路 final project !


This is the end ! The end of a long project… (let us know your thoughts under the video & share it if you enjoyed it!)

The full project consists of 2 versions of the song, a street art project, a video project and a digital art book (you can download it for free here https://mailchi.mp/a3049984bfa6/7ltzs84w13 – if you do so and enjoy it, please consider donating to honour the time we put into this creative project via http://www.paypal.me/astrakan).

You can download the 2 versions of this song as part of a single edition on Bandcamp here

The download will come with the full colour art book from the project, with lyrics, translations, facts about the song and the concept of Gwerz, thoughts about creativity, dreams and sacrifice.

The other version with vocal pitch lines (!) can be seen/listened to here:

The road trip street art projects got us along Brittany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

This song was first recorded in 2014 for our album B, this is a fully remastered audio and video version.


Next weeks video should be another poetic vlog AND a music video, on the theme of letting go. Subscribe to the YouTube channel so that you get notified http://www.youtube.com/astrakanproject?sub_confirmation=1

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A帽riet Rolland 路 gwerz, street art and lines


Please, if you watch and enjoy the video, don’t forget to tell us in the comments with a small “like” 馃槈

This song was first recorded in 2014 for our album B http://astrakanproject.bandcamp.com/album/astrakan-project-b

The full project consists of 2 versions of the song (the remastered album version will be out soon, subscribe to our youtube channel here ;), a street art project, a video project and a digital art book (sign in to our newsletter here to receive it for free when it’s out. http://eepurl.com/vhBnn )

This version was arranged with our Lebanese friend Amine Beyhom, and he also kindly provided the Video Animated Music Analysis Project.

The white line represents the pitch of the singer; the grey line represents the intensity of the sound.

Check out his other vocals’ analysis here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMkvejmjkX181SR-zXfZsbw/featured
He also recorded our concert in Beirut in 2012, available as a live EP here:

To donate and support our projects http://www.paypal.me/astrakan
any amount, small or big, can make a huge difference to us.

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Glodinaig 路 traditional gwerz & a Triple Goddess triptych


To donate and support our projects http://www.paypal.me/astrakan any amount small or big can make a huge difference to us.

Original paintings available for sale, 333鈧 for the Triple Goddess triptych, on Simone’s online art shop (payment via PayPal, but you don’t need an account). Better individual pics coming when the light allows for it ;). The triptych is created so that each side portraits can be switched and still create only one painting.

Tableaux originaux disponibles, 333鈧 pour le triptyque Triple D茅esse, dans la boutique en ligne de Simone (paiement par Paypal mais un compte n’est pas n茅cessaire). D猫s que la lumi猫re le permettra nous posterons des meilleures photos. Le triptyque est cr茅茅 de fa莽on 脿 ce que les parties gauches et droites puissent s’inverser tout en conservant son unit茅 (voir photos)

Size 40*30cm (approx 15*12 in), original mixed media on cardboard (needs to be framed).

Dimensions 40*30 cm (env. 15*12 in), 艙uvres originales sur “cardboard” (carton renforc茅 pour mixed media).

Youtube channel / cha卯ne Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/astrakanproject?sub_confirmation=1

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Out of the Dark into the Light 路 story vlog 20


With French/English subtitles – avec sous-titrages en fran莽ais/anglais.

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Music from our album In锚s (song n4 Ar Jujamant)

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Beltan / Beltaine Blessings


In the Breton language, “tan” is the word for “fire”, so it definitely makes more sense to us to spell it that way 馃槈

En breton, “tan” c’est le feu, c’est pour 莽a qu’on pr茅f猫re l’茅crire de cette fa莽on 馃檪

Full poetic vlog that will include some of this footage out soon, subscribe to our channel to see it as soon as it’s out http://www.youtube.com/astrakanproject?sub_confirmation=1

La vid茅o int茅grale sera en ligne bient么t sur notre cha卯ne ici : http://www.youtube.com/astrakanproject?sub_confirmation=1

Music from album In锚s / musique sur notre album In锚s

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Seizh Devezh 路 a protest song project


Almost nothing to add ! Just watch it, share it, leave us your comments, and get to practice the song with the lyrics included on YouTube. You can switch from Breton to English or even French, you have them included in the info section too. If you want a nice layout version, we’ll send you one for the purchase of the digital version of the song on Bandcamp (after your purchase, we’ll email you the PDF that include lyrics+translations+basic scores+facts+stories) On Pay What You Want option with a small minimum of 1鈧 to cover Bandcamp/Paypal expenses – if you’re been enjoying our artistic proposals, it might be an opportunity to support our future projects!

Voil脿, on a presque rien 脿 ajouter ! Vous n’avez plus qu’脿 regarder, partager, commenter et chanter avec nous le texte qui est aussi sur YouTube. Vous pouvez passer de sous-titrage en breton au fran莽ais, ou 脿 l’anglais, ou suivre le texte en barre d’info. Si vous voulez une belle version, elle existe en PDF, et pour l’achat de la version num茅rique du titre sur Bandcamp, on vous envoie le PDF par mail contenant texte+traductions+histoires+partition basique. C’est en option “Pay what yoiu want” (payez ce que vous voulez) avec un minimum de 1鈧 qui couvre les frais de Bandcamp/Paypal. Si vous appr茅ciez et suivez nos projets artistiques, c’est l’occasion de nous soutenir pour la sortie de futurs projets!

Music / song credits :

Tune : traditional / Jean Bernard and Jean-Marie Prima in 1928 (Brittany)

Lyrics : Sten Charbonneau/Yann Gourvil (slightly inspired by Bots Dutch version  鈥淶even dagen lang鈥 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le6uFnLwqYU )

Vocals : Simone Alves

Cello : Martin Corvin

Strings, drums, prog, prod : Yann Gourvil

Video concept and edit : Simone Alves

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From an old intense land


Our latest video experience, let us know in the comments on the video if you like it 馃槈 you’ll also find some interesting reference links on the description section under the video, but first enjoy all of the magical beautiful images from Brittany !

Notre derni猫re exp茅rimentation en vid茅o, avec des sous-titres en fran莽ais. Vous trouverez plein de liens vers en barre d’info sur YouTube pour en savoir plus, mais avant, appr茅ciez les magnifiques images film茅es en Bretagne.

Subscribe to our channel / s’abonner 脿 notre cha卯ne

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To donate and support our projects http://www.paypal.me/astrakan

any amount small or big can make a huge difference to us.

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International WOMEN’s DAY ART project


We’re happy we have completed this video project created for 2021 international women’s day on the request of http://www.facebook.com/ressurrectos (Beja, Portugal)!

Song, music and original lyrics in Kurdish & Arabic by Vedat Y谋ld谋r谋m 路 Selda 脰zt眉rk (Karde艧 T眉rk眉ler) found here : https://youtu.be/-3Fo_DaTFoM . Karde艧 T眉rk眉ler is a Turkish band we got to know and sometimes had the honour to perform with while living in Istanbul. We always enjoyed the joyful and powerful music as much as the multicultural message they convey, as they perform music from all traditions/languages from Turkey (including Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, Kurdish, Laz, etc)

The song refers to the Siege of Koban卯 in 2014-15 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Koban%C3%AE)

The original song was written in Kurdish and Arabic, we got the Arabic final part adapted by our dear friend Sten Charbonneau into Breton with whom we wrote In锚s album.

59*49 cm approx

The original mixed media painting Ishtar Rising on canvas is available for sale for 450鈧. Size is around 59*49cm and the sides are all painted, so it could be hung as such. https://simonealves.squarespace.com/shop/p/ishtar-rizing-mixed-media-art-on-canvas

Materials include acrylics, aquarelles types of paints, natural pigments and made from coal and ashes, natural pigments from stones, collage elements, acrylic pens,… It was painted between end of February and 5th of March 2021.

To donate and support our projects http://www.paypal.me/astrakan any amount small or big can make a huge difference to us.