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World Music Wednesday: Astrakan Project


We were very happy to read a review about our music on Incognito’s blog here :

World Music Wednesday: Astrakan Project.

(even if you already know about us, take a few minutes to have a look around this very interesting music blog, there’s quite a couple of unusual and non-main-stream musics to discover there )

Of course, it’s always nice when someone takes time to listen to us, and give feedback. But also, it answered many questions we always wonder about. “Is it a problem if people don’t understand our language ?” “Is our music interesting enough so that it can interest people outside our home country ?” “How do people feel about it ?”

Any thoughts about that ?

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Clarinet in Kosovo


Live music places in Kosovo
Live music in Kosovo

A bar ? A hotel ? Nope, this is the kind of places we search for live music in Kosovo. Along road M2 between Pristine and Ferizai, you may find many of them, they sometimes have a sign “live music”.

Here’s a very short video, the sound is terrific, but it shall give you an idea of the place.

The clarinettist is Rexhe Baba, when we first met in 2007, we were really impressed by his style, his freedom to ignore the rules… and his craziness !

Such places, as far as we know, are opened at night everyday, without entrance fee, drinks are more expensive than in standard cafes but still affordable. They hire a couple of singers, at least 2, sometimes up to 5 or 6, that will perform one after each other with the same band. The band can be very “cheap” and consist of a single synthesizer player, but we look for places with at least 3 or 4 musicians, although, synthesizer is the base.

On the video, you can see a bank note (50 Euros !!!) hold with the clarinet, it’s a way to request a particular song and to dedicate it to someone. The singer is holding the piece of paper with the message and will read it between two songs. Of course, more famous musicians/singers will get more requests. At the end of the evening, the money is then divided between everyone on stage.

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On the Road(s)


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We’ve been travelling back to Brittany during the last days, a great road-trip, a good and inspirational break before we jump back into the album – we have great hopes we can finish it and send it to the factory by mid-august.

In the meantime, here are some pics from our trip that we’re happy to share with you…

In Northern Greece, not very far from Kavala, we met an amazing lyra player.

Lyra Player Northern Greece
Playing at the Sunset

We generally speaking love Lyras, Yann was really pleased to give it a try.

Yann playing Lyra
Not quite easy as it looks…

We also travelled threw Kosovo…

Strange music Place in Kosovo
Somewhere in Kosovo

What’s this ? A live music place… of course we did some videos, give us a couple of days to pick up one and you’ll have an idea of the crazy sound from Kosovo.

We also searched for last CD’s releases in the Balkans, here is our favourite CD dealer from Priština’s market.

Music Shop in Pristina Market
Priština’s Market

And also in Montenegro, here in the small town of Berane.

Music Shop in Montenegro
We love Music Shops !
Music Shop in Montenegro
And to meet great people.

Thanks to her kindness we discovered Gusle, a traditional string instrument from Montenegro with a really amazing and deep sound. And… it’s a single string instrument! We’ll try to find some samples very soon.

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What kind of music do you play ?


Such an usual question, and such a hard one to answer ! Like most of bands, we really would love to have a simple answer to that question. And somehow we’ll have to find it very soon if we want our album to get some exposure at the right places.

World music…

Generally, when talking about “world music”, what is referred to is some kind of western pop music with elements from culture from around the world.

But… we don’t really think we’re making pop music. When we work on a new song, we do compose a lot of new tunes, but they still have the structure, the scale, the style of some sung in Brittany for decades. So ?

Do we borrow elements from other traditions ? We do, for sure, not that we think “well, let’s give it a latin taste, it’s trendy”. It’s more about the fact that we do travel, meet other musicians, go to concerts here and there, and of course, we’ll get some influence.

Clarinet and drum players, Brittany, 1912
Clarinet and drum players, Brittany, 1912 [image source]
… vs traditional music

Our roots are without any doubt for us in Central Brittany.  But can we really say it’s traditional music from Brittany knowing that if you go there you’re very likely to hear a very different music from what we’re playing ? Isn’t traditional music what is recognised as such by a social group ? Would it mean we can’t claim our music to be “traditional music from central Brittany” despite of all the lyrics we’re using being from there ?

What kind of music do we play then ? We’ll try to come up with an answer !

Some links :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_music (English)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musiques_du_monde (French)

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