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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 😉 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 dernière expérimentation en vidéo, avec des sous-titres en français. Vous trouverez plein de liens vers en barre d’info sur YouTube pour en savoir plus, mais avant, appréciez les magnifiques images filmées en Bretagne.

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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 Yıldırım · Selda Öztürk (Kardeş Türküler) found here : https://youtu.be/-3Fo_DaTFoM . Kardeş Türküler 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 Kobanî 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 Inês album.

59*49 cm approx

The original mixed media painting on canvas is available for sale for 600€. The price includes the shipment and safe packaging to EU and Continental Europe. Size is around 59*49cm and the sides are all painted, so it could be hung as such. Send us your request to astrakanproject@gmail.com , we’ll send you a PayPal link. (payment only by PayPal but you don’t need a PayPal accound to use it)

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.

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Erwanig ar Skolan · gwerz [ traditional mythological breton song ]


Our project on the mysterious “protest song” collab is making progress, we’re almost done with the vocals and we’ll start the real editing phase tomorrow. In the meantime, and to keep you happy, we created this small music/art/video piece.

Notre projet de vidéo collaborative pour notre mystérieuse “protest song” avance, on termine les voix demain, et on attaque le gros du montage vidéo dans la foulée. En attendant, et sans aucune annonce on vous a préparé ce petit projet qui mêle musique/vidéo/art.

This song is one of the many variations on the same theme (Skolvan’s curse after his death, and his return to Earth to ask his mother for forgiveness). Researches suggest that Skolan would be Merlin, and the curse an allegory of the power fight between Christianity over the ancient pagan and Druidic traditions. Similar verses are found in Welsh, Scottish and Irish variations. We included the lyrics in the video with basic French and English translations. Let us know how you enjoy them, and if you do, subscribe and share !

The skies, clouds and small lakes on the video were all filmed along February 2021 in different areas of our village Plougras.

Cette chanson est une des nombreuses variations sur le thème de Skolvan (ou le merci de l’âme), Skolvan revient après sa mort demander le pardon de sa mère pour ses forfaits. Skolvan pourrait être Merlin lui aussi maudit, et symboliser les luttes de pouvoir entre l’église chrétienne et l’ancienne religion druidique. Nous avons ajouté le texte dans les sous-titres, avec les traductions (libres) en anglais et en français.On a tous les deux eu beaucoup de plaisir à préparer ce projet. S’il vous touche et vous parle, n’hésitez pas à le partager (et surtout à vous abonner à notre chaîne YouTube!)

Les nuages, ciel et étangs ont tous été filmés au cours du mois de février 2021 sur notre commune (Plougras).

Golden skies / Neñvoù aour · original artwork by Simone Alves

The large original artwork is available for sale (mixed media on canvas, included collage, watercolours, acrylics, and natural pigments from ashes.). The edges are painted, so it can be hung as such without framing. Size: 73*100 cm (about 28.74*39.37 inches)

Price: 450€ including postage and handling, get in touch with us via astrakanproject@gmail.com, payment via PayPal, shipment to European continent only.

Le tableau original est disponible, il s’agit d’une Å“uvre mixed-media sur toile, qui inclue du collage, des peintures et encres aquarelles, des acryliques, des pigments naturels issus de plusieurs teintes de cendres, etc. Les bords sont peints, la toile peut être accrochée telle quelle même sans encadrement. Dimensions : 73*100cm.

Prix: 450€ frais de port inclus, contactez-nous via astrakanproject@gmail.com, paiement par PayPal, expédition en Europe uniquement.

I’m not that tall but it really is a *big* beautiful piece !
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Filming yourself for our project


Both sides of a scene yesterday on the left bank of Kiev, let’s have a closer look at this quite rich scene.

Doing the playback for our “running up that hill” video, a friend we met and performed with some years ago in Kiev, he’s from Moldova, worked for Diwan school in Paris (Breton language schools), and was wearing a traditional Georgian hat for the occasion. He’s also a big fan of Breton music 😉

Very typical Astrakan story I guess ðŸ˜‰

Technicaly: 2 mobile phones, one used to film (the best quality one, with the back lens that is always better quality), the 2nd hold by a kind assistant is playing the video, loud enough, with the lyrics ðŸ˜‰
If you don’t have an assistant but can borrow a phone, you can tape them to a stick, a rod, a shelve if you’re at home…
It’s better to have the one filming bellow, and the one with the lyrics video above (for the sake of the eyes direction)

Also be mindful of not closing the little sound holes with either your fingers or the tape you’re using 
The video below shows a variation, but it’s in French, with some philosophical talking from me about self-image, confidence on camera. Let us know if you’d be interested or need something similar in English, and we’d happily do it.


Pile ou face hier, rive gauche de Kiev, un beau moment que l’on vous décrypte 😉
Humainement : un super musicien que l’on voit trop peu, on s’est rencontrés à Kiev, il y a longtemps, il est Moldave, a travaillé à l’école Diwan de Paris, et portait un chapeau traditionnel géorgien pour l’occasion. Ha, et il adore la musique bretonne !

Qui d’autre qu’Astrakan pour vous conter des histoires pareilles?

Techniquement :

Système hyper efficace qui a fait ses preuves hier, 2 téléphones : un qui filme, un tenu par un gentil assistant avec la vidéo pour le texte et le son. Si on n’a pas l’assistant, on peut lui emprunter le 2ème téléphone et fixer l’un au-dessus de l’autre sur… un manche, un poteau, une étagère si on est à l’intérieur…
Le fait qu’ils soient l’un sous l’autre (c’est mieux le texte au dessus) permettent de garder le regard pas trop éloigné de l’objectif.
Il faut juste faire attention de ne pas boucher les petits trous du son avec les doigts ou le scotch 😉

La vidéo montre une variante en intérieur avec vidéo et texte sur un écran d’ordinateur, pour quand on ne peut pas sortir ou que l’on n’a pas d’assistant. Simone y aborde aussi les aspects psychologiques de se filmer, qui peuvent toucher l’image de soi, l’estime de soi, etc…

Liens / links

Video avec le texte / with lyrics https://youtu.be/dHP-qXqKf2o

Explications en français https://youtu.be/avEfU4gHftY

Titouroù e Brezhoneg https://youtu.be/GdFIsdwnIwE

Explanations in English https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Première partie du texte : https://youtu.be/64ZNa1Agf5A

Deuxième partie du texte : https://youtu.be/jFFJrSy9nUI

Tuto WeTransfer https://youtu.be/np5Zo0Gi2Ls

PdF with lyrics / PdF avec le texte : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R1ALdaOhqvA6gI7qZ7jHh1BqE8wrMeGa/view

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Breton Pronunciation part 3


Here’s the third of a 3 video series with me singing at a lower and without music but with some explanations the lyrics for our collaborative video project based on the Breton version of Running Up That Hill.

First video is here : https://youtu.be/64ZNa1Agf5A

Second video : https://youtu.be/jFFJrSy9nUI

It’s in French we know! But, you can still follow along, and, Simone is creating a video about more general Breton pronunciation, that can be interesting for you and can then give you some tips to follow with more ease on whatever Breton song you would be learning from its written version.

Again, let us know in the comments here or on YouTube if that’s something you’d be interested in 🙂

Voici donc la dernière des 3 vidéos dans lesquelles je décortique un peu le texte de notre version de Running Up That Hill en breton. C’est en français, le texte défile, dites-nous en commentaire si ça vous aide, où si vous avez besoin d’autre chose pour avancer un peu plus.
8 jours encore !

Nous filmons aussi en ce moment deux exemples de comment faire votre playback facilement avec les moyens du bord, qui à notre époque sont quand même plutôt confortables.

La première vidéo est là : https://youtu.be/64ZNa1Agf5A

Et la deuxième : https://youtu.be/jFFJrSy9nUI

Tous les liens sont dessous pour les documents, textes, conseils etc…

PdF with lyrics / PdF avec le texte : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R1ALdaOhqvA6gI7qZ7jHh1BqE8wrMeGa/view

Sur YouTube : https://youtu.be/dHP-qXqKf2o

Contact : astrakanproject@gmail.com

Deadline : 17/05/2020

Explications en Français : https://youtu.be/avEfU4gHftY

Explanations in English : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Titouroù e Brezhoneg : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Music shop http://www.bandcamp.com/astrakanproject

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

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Breton Pronunciation part 2


Here’s the second of a 3 video serie with me singing at a lower and without music but with some explanations the lyrics for our collaborative video project based on the Breton version of Running Up That Hill.

First video is here : https://youtu.be/64ZNa1Agf5A

It’s in French we know! But, you can still follow along, and, Simone is creating a video about more general Breton pronunciation, that can be interesting for you and can then give you some tips to follow with more ease on whatever Breton song you would be learning from its written version.

Let us know in the comments if that’s something you’d be interested in 🙂

Donc, chose promise chose due, la deuxième des 3 vidéos dans lesquelles je décortique un peu le texte de notre version de Running Up That Hill en breton. C’est en français, le texte défile, dites-nous en commentaire si ça vous aide, où si vous avez besoin d’autre chose pour avancer un peu plus.
10 jours encore !

La première vidéo est là : https://youtu.be/64ZNa1Agf5A

Tous les liens sont dessous pour les documents, textes, conseils etc…

PdF with lyrics / PdF avec le texte : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R1ALdaOhqvA6gI7qZ7jHh1BqE8wrMeGa/view

Sur YouTube : https://youtu.be/dHP-qXqKf2o

Contact : astrakanproject@gmail.com

Deadline : 17/05/2020

Explications en Français : https://youtu.be/avEfU4gHftY

Explanations in English : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Titouroù e Brezhoneg : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Music shop http://www.bandcamp.com/astrakanproject

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

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Breton Pronunciation part 1


Here’s the first of a 3 video serie with me singing at a lower and without music but with some explanations the lyrics for our collaborative video project based on the Breton version of Running Up That Hill.

It’s in French we know! But, you can still follow along, and, Simone is creating a video about more general Breton pronunciation, that can be interesting for you and can then give you some tips to follow with more ease on whatever Breton song you would be learning from its written version.

Let us know in the comments if that’s something you’d be interested in 🙂

Donc, chose promise chose due, la première des 3 vidéos dans lesquelles je décortique un peu le texte de notre version de Running Up That Hill en breton. C’est en français, le texte défile, dites-nous en commentaire si ça vous aide, où si vous avez besoin d’autre chose pour avancer un peu plus.
10 jours encore !

Tous les liens sont dessous pour les documents, textes, conseils etc…

PdF with lyrics / PdF avec le texte : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R1ALdaOhqvA6gI7qZ7jHh1BqE8wrMeGa/view

Sur YouTube : https://youtu.be/dHP-qXqKf2o

Contact : astrakanproject@gmail.com

Deadline : 17/05/2020

Explications en Français : https://youtu.be/avEfU4gHftY

Explanations in English : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Titouroù e Brezhoneg : https://youtu.be/g-mFb0sZeKM

Music shop http://www.bandcamp.com/astrakanproject

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

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Collaborative video project is out !


Here is the mysterious project we’ve been working on / le project mystère enfin révélé:

PdF with lyrics / PdF avec le texte : http://drive.google.com/file/d/1R1ALdaOhqvA6gI7qZ7jHh1BqE8wrMeGa/view?usp=sharing

Contact : astrakanproject@gmail.com

Deadline 17/05/2020

Details, background and instructions in English

Détails, petites anecdotes et instructions en français :

Hag e Brezhoneg

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Spot the Korrigans !


I told you I was back into video, and tha I had plenty of ideas ! (so remember if not done yet, to subscribe to our channel, or even share it, there’s plenty more we could do on the channel once we hit a certain amount of subscribers 🙂 http://tinyurl.com/y4ugdtlo )

So here’s my latest short fun video with my favorite and very cooperative actor 🙂

Watch carefully !

How many Korrigans were you able to spot? 😉

Korrigans are little magical creatures found in Brittany mostly in remote magical places like stone circles, wells, hidden springs… They could relate to pixies in a certain way, they tend to be fun and happy, though it’s rather unsure whether their interactions with humans can be positive or negative!
In any case they tend to hide from humans, so it’s quite rare to spot them on their daily life.

Unlike gnomes for instance, they generally don’t live in houses or human settlements, they aren’t as far as one knows attached to any particular house or family. It’s said that they can sometimes be caught forming big circles and dancing under the moonshine. They can grant wishes to humans, but it’s generally not advised to go for it as they’re quite good at tricking you! We supposed that they got a bit grampy and prefer to hide from humans since they aren’t many places they can harmoniously share because of heavy agriculture, buildings and road constructions. Maybe it could also be because they hide their treasures, as it’s said they can create their own gold!

They’re plenty of categories and names for Korrigans, depending on where they live or where they hang, their size and style may vary as well. I have to confess I haven’t met enough of them to be that accurate about the categories 🙂

They have inspired many artists, the most famous one being maybe Pascal Moguerou, that has created numerous illustrations for books, postcards, or posters that can be found in any good stationery or souvenir shop in Brittany. All of his books are like precious beautiful grimoires.

Music is a traditional “fisel” dance played some years ago by Yann, and even I can tell that he doesn’t mix and edit music on the same way anymore!

The video was filmed in June 2019, in a “secret” location in Carnac 🙂 But we’ll reveal that special one very soon, stay tuned! Maybe another time I could share about other magical creatures, we’re trying to attract a Teuz to our house. A Teuz is also small in size, but they use to live with humans, and they would help them with daily cleaning and tidying in the house and the farm! Not kidding!

Thanks for watching and caring, you keep us going!

* Simone.

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