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How to survive as a musician in the 21th century visual world?


This is the time we realise music isn’t enough. Whatever a musician’s music quality, in our visual era, it isn’t enough. Music, and even good music, is everywhere. But either it has to get really loud either wrapped in great colours before it catches ones ear.

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This is the time we realise to get our music heard, we first need to work and be highly creative on the visual side, either on video making, either on press pics, or on album covers. We knew it somehow.

How to get the right image for our music? A big question we’re trying to answer our way. Any ideas or comment on the way we are doing?

§ Simone

 

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“Within the Circle” EP presentation {vlog}


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[youtube http://youtu.be/PSCtWWnU5Ak]

Full download from EP: https://astrakanproject.bandcamp.com/…
Artwork on sale: http://goo.gl/toLfcn

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Hathor Video for Ar Sorserez Houarned


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You knew the video already, and specially the painting featured, and indeed, at the beginning, I asked Yann to compose something simple that would have the correct length (loooong!) so that I could share it in my on-line Art classes. Then it became a project in itself, that took much longer, but we’re really happy how such a long piece turned out…

Enjoy + positive feedback highly welcomed!

§ Simone

PS: if you don’t know the painting, >head over here<

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I still haven’t found – Episode 3


Our 3rd video – music is still the same, but no, no… we still haven’t found our booking agent ! Don’t get us wrong : we both love being on the phone, just not for booking 🙂

Contact us >here< for any proposal/suggestion.

Title of course refers to the amazing U2 song…

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Message in a bottle – in the search for our Booking agent – episode 1


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As we already mentioned it recently a couple of times, our quest to find our ideal booking agent started ! Apart from a more “conventional” search, we got the idea for an advert campaign while brainstorming.

We made this short video in Greece last week, the light and the colours were amazing, and thanks to Simone’s new editing software, you can view it in full HD! The tune is a traditional one, but we absolutely love its unique “big” sound. we may record a full album version… some day 🙂

If you want to support us, you can spread the word by sharing around you !

And, as you have seen, it’s only “episode 1” – of course we have more to come !

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What our music could have been like. If…


If we were born Turkish or from some Balkan village, being musicians could have been like that:

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Traditionally, at least if we refer to the last century, musicians had a rôle to play within Breton society. They were the ones present at weddings, for baptism ceremonies, to celebrate harvests, big fairs, departures to the army any major social events, even for elections.

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Breton wedding around Vannes Area in 1906
Image source >here<

Nowadays, it is more than unusual for people to hire traditional musicians for a wedding. There are meaningful exceptions. But I haven’t heard of any musicians making a living out of wedding playings like it can be in Turkey, or like it used to be in Brittany too. Unless they are DJ’s, or maybe a retro-cover-band?

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Breton wedding music
Image source >here<

Although we sing the same songs and tunes, as well as dances as singers used to about 60 years ago, we can’t really say we make the same music. We play for concerts, we play for festivals, we play for videos, we play for recordings. But in most of cases, even in Brittany, we play for people that don’t understand our language.

But… it’s only up to us to find & invent our own Tradition.

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Until the next generation will take over.

§ Simone

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Astrakan world music album on band camp

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Hey het… with Lamia Bedioui


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Lamia is originally from Tunisia, but she’s living in Greece for about 17 years, and that’s how we met. We were amazed to find so easily some connections between both our cultures, and since we were playing together for the 2nd time, some nice routine is coming up. This is a video from a song of her called “Hey Het”, it’s a traditional song from Lebanon.

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How did you make this amazing video ?


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Which video you mean ? This one, from our album‘s last song, that we called 7 Hills, based on traditional tune and lyrics, but we changed the original rhythm.

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So how did we do it ? A combination of time + patience + paper + paint + cheap camera + cheap editing software !!!

As usual… any nice & warm comment will be welcome !!!