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Arvest Kafe tv show


Scène Arvest Café

Last December we’ve been invited by Arvest Kafe team for a music show during which we performed some songs – interview is in breton but with french subtitles, you may be able to follow or just go straight to the music !

http://www.tebeo.bzh/replay/183-arvest-kafe

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6 years of work in Progress…


In 2010, while staying in the Rodopi mountains in Bulgaria, we recorded the first bits of this song that then appeared on our 2012 studio album:

We’ve since then tried to adapt it on stage, and 6 years later, we’re still not completely there but closer. The feeling we want to bring in while performing it live and we loved in the studio version isn’t there yet. It’s been some 6 years of thinking, attempts, trials on that particular song, and we’re not giving up!

Translation & facts on this previous post.

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1932 live on breton web-tv


Last month we had the honour of being invited to perform a couple of songs for the live show “Bec’h De’i” on Brezhoweb web channel. The show is lived streamed and afterwards available on streaming too, and for us it was a “première”! The ambiance is so much different from recorded shows, once the show is running, it’s ’till the end! The show is hosted by the very pleasant Lionel Buannic, quite famous among breton-speaking people for having leaded the tv news some years ago.

The show is held monthly, this one was about “writing and publishing in Breton today” and was held in the lovely library of a famous old Collège of Quimper: Lycée Le Likès. (remember our gig library in Ipswich? )

Here’s the first song we performed, from our 2012 album:

Song from album: http://astrakanproject.bandcamp.com/album/astrakan-project

A description of the harsh conditions in central Brittany,
unemployment, children starving, small businesses going bankrupt, poor harvests…
”living out of little money isn’t easy, for sure,
but living out of little bread is even worse”

Full lyrics and English translation: https://astrakanproject.com/2013/09/19/

Full show on streaming:

http://www.brezhoweb.com/video/bech-dei/BD_15_8.html

 

 

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Brittany in Paris + How does Breton language sound like


‘Last week-end we had the chance to spend 4 days in Paris for “Fête de la Bretagne” celebrations, all happening in the borough n°XIV (XIV arrondissement as we say in French). This particular area of Paris is renown and famous for a major migration from Brittany from the end of the XIXth century on. It is actually in the West part of Paris, and surrounding the train station Montparnasse that connects with Breton cities and towns.

astrakan project fête de la bretagne Paris Mission Bretonne
Picture Camille Le Floch

Even nowadays, it does have a funny familiar Breton flavour, in some streets (rue du Montparnasse, rue d’Odessa) you’ll find loads of Crêperies (breton pancake restaurant) one next to each other, we never get that many at the same place in Brittany! La Mission Bretonne, founded in 1947, is at the heart of this community, and organises any sort of cultural events throughout the year, from concerts to exhibitions, music, danse, breton language classes, meetings, well, not to miss if you are around in Paris and want to meet people with some interest in Breton/Celtic culture (don’t forget to mention you came because of us!). They are the ones organising 10 days of Bretons events in Mai to celebrate Breton culture, and had the great idea to invite us 🙂

Here are some words from both of us after our out-doors gig next to City Council from Paris XIVème – if you want to hear Yann, jump to 9’30 where he’s interviewed from the kids playground area!

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An old memory from our *first* gig ever in London!


Look what just popped up! A souvenir from our first London gig during our first UK tour, almost a year ago… feels like ages and also feels like yesterday! Our big smile has probably to do with the awesome people we had met during that first tour that are now part of our lives – and also with the awesome gig we had performed in Ipswich the previous days.

I don’t know if any of you can tell the huge sound change on stage – we really can! It’s good to look back and feel we’ve moved forward that much. And also to imagine where we can be in maybe a year ahead? 😉

§Simone

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The Sun always shines on TV


Last Sunday, we had the honour to be the guest of the Breton TV show Bali Breizh, on France 3 channel. The team was incredibly nice ans fun, it was really a delight to spend that moment with them…

And we also played two songs from last album – and really, on a TV stage, all looks awesome: fancy lightings, many cameras… we love the result! Don’t you feel like sharing it around?

If you have some reasonable French knowledge, you might be able to follow the show with it’s French subtitles, because it’s… 100% in Breton! Really… this is almost too cool! We want to be on TV everyday!!!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ecl2z_bali-breizh-sul-11-a-viz-genver-astrakan-project_tv

 

PS… Title of courses refers to… (yes, we really do love 80’s music)

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Remember 2014…


We just came across this video T’Ey team had done and edited recently with rushes from the concert we gave there in June 2014 (in Belsele, Belgium). Just tiny bits… that already feel like ages for us, we’ve changed quite a lot of stuff on stage, sounds, songs also, different loops… It’s always nice to look back and see/hear the evolution!

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Very { wild } live takes + Happy Beltan !


It’s always very cool for us to get videos made from concerts, it’s as if we were at our own concert! This particular video was made in Marseille last month, a very lively and cheerful place, a bit underground too (can you feel the ambiance?). Which actually is a cool combination to listen to our music, at least as far as we can hear!

A fire ambiance that actually is perfect to wish you a very happy Beltan (also spelled Beltain) celebration. Because, yes, tomorrow is May the 1st, and for Celts as in many cultures, Beltan is a Fire and Fertility celebration, a celebration of happiness and joy, also a time to bring new concepts and ideas into the physical world (and yes, our album starts to “unfold”!), and generally speaking a day in which it is easier than usual to communicate with spirits from the Other World, because the veil between our worlds is very thin (the other “big” day like that is November the 1st). Communicate for what you may wonder? Well, maybe to get brilliant ideas, unexpected advices about our major up-coming projects…  So, may your Beltan Day be full of inspiration !

§ Simone

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