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New vlog / Nouveau vlog


The second part of our Samhain / Deiz Kala-Goañv is now live on our channel, we hope you’ll enjoy it, if you do, please leave us a comment under the video, it helps the channel get promoted + subscribe ! And yes, the cover image is really cool !!!

La deuxième partie de notre projet vidéo/peinture pour Deiz Kala-Goañv Samhain cette année est en ligne, on espère que vous aimerez (c’est en anglais, mais il y a les sous-titrages en français), et si c’est le cas, soyez gentils, laissez-nous un petit message sous la vidéo, ça aide la chaîne à gagner en visibilité ! Et sinon, oui, l’image de couverture est carrément cool !

https://youtu.be/bOrgnXm-DBY

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New video out tonight / nouvelle vidéo ce soir


Our Short daily videos is over after 21 days of daily videos (last one was here https://youtu.be/IQIr1xNdpls ) We had planned for a full month, but Simone’s health has sort of shortened the series – but it’s still a nice achievement, that has opened plenty of new possibilities.

Notre série quotidienne de vidéos courtes en Breton est terminée après 21 jours (la dernière est ici https://youtu.be/IQIr1xNdpls ). Nous avions prévu quatre semaines au départ, mais les soucis de voix de Simone en ont décidé autrement. 21 jours ça reste pas mal, et ça nous a ouvert plein de perspectives créatives.

The song is not new, but the video was inspired by a newly finished painting from Simone, finished around the magical time of Samhain/Noz Kala-Goanv. The first part of the video, the music part will be live tonight (7pm UK time), and the poetic vlog titled “Inês Ashes” will be available on Sunday evening. We’re quite excited about this project, which is the second we partially filmed together, generally Simone films on her own (the first one was Koçari in Kiev)

Ce n’est pas une nouvelle chanson, mais la vidéo est inspirée par une toile que Simone a terminé pendant la période magique de la Samhain/Noz Kala-Goanv. La partie clip de la vidéo sera en ligne sur notre chaîne ce soir à 20h, et on vous réserve pour dimanche une version longue avec un vlog poétique intitulé “les cendres d’Inês”. C’est le deuxième projet vidéo que nous tournons en partie tous les deux, en général Simone filme seule. (le premier c’était Koçari à Kiev)

Artwork available with more pictures here / toile et plus de photos disponible ici

https://simonealves.squarespace.com/shop/p/anu-celtic-goddess-of-earth

Musicians' Diary, Sound & Video

Petra Nevez ? What’s Up ? Quoi de neuf ?


Our daily short videos series is running until next Full Moon, we’ve made it until midway and published n°15 yesterday! What already ? Yes, but remember they are short, but we’re having fun sharing small bits of our daily creative life with you! Here’s the playlist for you to catch up 🙂

Notre série de vidéos quotidiennes se poursuit, jusqu’à la prochaine Pleine Lune, on est à la moitié puisque l’on a publié le n°15 hier. Quoi? Déjà? Oui, c’est l’avantage du format super court, mais ça nous amuse bien, on apprend plein de choses, et on vous met le lien de la playlist à partir du numéro 7 donc !

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Añriet Rolland · 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” 😉

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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Hard-copy is not dead & about music visual identity


This unique piece of Artwork travels to Ireland as a reward for contributions to our Crowdfund campaign. Yann has been a few time to Ireland, but I haven’t so far… I’m hoping this painting is opening the road for me, it’s still a dream to go and visit some of the incredible megalithic sites as well as sites linked with Celtic Irish Culture. Performing there would obviously be a bonus 🙂 Let’s send this wish out into the winds!

Music is a classic performed by The Bothy Band in 1976/77 and released in 1996. Full version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aWl_qdUK1o

 

And this one is on its way to the South of France…

ines bras

 

We are still only realizing how slowly incorporating my artwork into the project has become part of it, part of its identity, and has considerably impacted too the way we now envision projects. With the small audience we have, we probably wouldn’t have been able to reach the goal on the Crowdfunding campaign. The artwork is what has generated interest, it made it easy to post regular visual up-dates whereas posting music studio ones could feel a bit of the same.

When we went to local record labels with the project last year, I could sometimes hear something like “is it a book or is it a music album?” “how can we promote it if we’re not sure what it is?” “if it’s a book with just the lyrics, then it might just be a booklet, not a book.”

 

Once again, we are shown that what is hard to understand in the beginning is what makes us stand out and makes us different, and thus helps getting our project been noticed. In a way, the strong visual identity we’ve developed over the years balances the fact that the language we use can sometimes be an obstacle to dive in into our music.

Now that we started to get fantastic and lovely feedback from people receiving the first orders, we also can feel how the visual impact the way they perceive the music afterwards – so far in a very positive way.

Photo Joelle

Every music style is different, but in our case, we can confirm that we get to earn some money from hard copies sales while we barely make any sales on digital-only editions. We even had already a couple of people that ordered first the digital edition (that still includes the book in pdf) and re-ordered the hard-copy, and that was just the first week!

Is there any conclusion? While we hear very often that digital is the future, we can see exceptions all the time, and personaly it’s not what we’ve been noticing (since 2012, we’ve released 3 hard-copies and 2 digital only). Is there any rule? And who makes up the rules? As artists, we are creative people, and being creative is also something we can apply to the way we connect with our particular audience. We still have a lot to learn on that field, but the last months of conceiving and releasing Inês project has certainly been very inspiring in that field.

To be followed!

– Simone.

Blog, Sound & Video

Road trip + street art + music all in one!


#shamanstick is a land & street art project around “En Anv Doue ma Mamm” is which we combined most of our passions: music, visual arts, video making, road trip and Breton language. PdF with artwork HR pics will be coming soon!

This adventure is being quite fulfilling, and we have many ideas for our next travels!


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Song from album B http://astrakanproject.bandcamp.com/album/astrakan-project-b
Artwork project #shamanstick & video edit by Simone Alves 2017
Music “En anv Doue ma Mamm”
Lyrics & music base: traditional, Brittany
Arrang : Astrakan Project
© & ® simone alves & yann gourvil 2014

Roadtrip Be+Nl+Dk+Sv april 2017

Blog, Sound & Video

#shamanstick Teaser time


 

#shamanstick is a land & street art project around “En Anv Doue ma Mamm” is which we combined most of our passions: music, visual arts, video making, road trip and Breton language. Full video will be out (very!) soon.

You can hear the full song here:

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The Final countdown!


Hello,

It’s been a long time since we haven’t blogged. Not that we didn’t have anything to tell about. We may even have had so much to tell about that it could somehow have been overwhelming… Lot’s of uncertainties, of projects, ideas, dreams that had been on hold for months  and that we weren’t sure we could bring to fruition.

Since we returned last month from our last UK tour, we’be been super active in many direction, and we finally can announce it…. next video will be released for Beltane (the night of the 1st of May).

fleurs de lotus video

We’re in the very final stage of editing the video. It’s the first time we get to work with a video director (except for live videos, but it’s quite different), and we are very lucky to be working with a very talented person, that not only was able to direct the performance shooting, but also is animating some of my drawings. And it’s incredible to see them coming to life!

Tour-wise, we’ve been booking for Germany, Luxembourg and Austria for next winter and fall (keep an eye at this section), not much towards the UK, but this should be done shortly too.

All for now!

§ Simone