For this 5th edition at Château d’Ars, the programme includes musical trends of the moment and performances likely to create the trends of the future. From the makers area to the stage performances, the festival will seek to present a wide variety of styles, trends and instruments.
The arrival of Malicorne and their guests. Malicorne, a mythical band of the seventies, with several gold discs, is considered to be one of the pioneers of the revival of traditional music in France. With incredible irony, Malicorne have never performed on the stage of the Rencontres! The group is now revived around its founding couple, Gabriel Yacoub and Marie Sauvet with four new musicians: Yannick Hardouin, Gilles Chabenat, David Pouradier-Duteil and Roman Personnat. They offer an intense and moving concert composed of covers that have made them successful and songs from their new album to be published with their invited, surprise guests.
The multidisciplinary creation of Didier Laloy. This familiar accordionist of the Rencontres, offers us an original show where traditional music enriches other cultural acts, such as the circus or street performances.
Tribute to a pioneer
In 1913, the linguist Ferdinand Brunot made a collection of linguistic richness from various French territories, including the departments of Corrèze and Indre. He has recorded many singers and instrumentalists who lived close to Ars. To commemorate the centenary of his work, the Comité George Sand and the Centre Régional des Musiques traditionnelles en Limousin have appealed to two groups of young artists working around new traditional music: the CHNUT, from Indre, and « Lost In Traditions » from Corrèze. They will present their creation for the first time on 14th July, in the beautiful setting of the Bergerie de Nohant. This show will naturally be followed by presentations to other audiences, particularly in the Limousin. The performance also supports educational work on the subject of the collection.
A reinforced bridge between the stage and the makers area
The nyckelharpa, ahybrid Swedish fiddle, with sympathetic strings and keyboards, often awakens curiosity and ... opens hearts. As an instrument that is above all intended to be played, we wanted to create a bridge between what the public can discover by browsing the makers area and what they can hear and see on stage. It is in this spirit that we have invited a specialist duo consisting of Laurent Vercambre (one of the founders of Malicorne and the celebrated Quatuor) and Eléonore Billy (having learned nyckelharpa in Sweden, she has promoted the dissemination of this instrument in a variety of settings). For this concert, the duo will use all the power, the wealth and depth of this instrument to punch out traditional Irish classics, gypsy music, Bach, Satie and Bartók. A presentation of the instrument is also planned, and a day’s master class for both beginners and advanced musicians.
A very Celtic edition
The Breton Fest Noz has recently been registered with the ‘patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’Humanité’ by UNESCO. The festival could not avoid rendering, in its own way, a tribute to what is one of the major institutions of dance. Fest Noz, as it has been recognized, is not limited to the transmission of dances of the past. Nowadays it takes on a contemporary flavour. This is why we chose Hiks, a group from the center of Brittany, that breaks from the compulsory figures of dance music and incorporates modern music : electric, electronic and mesmerising. The revitalizing energy of this collective has shattered musical boundaries. Besides this tribute to the strength of the Breton Fest-Noz, the programming team also offers several sessions this year, with, for example, the Celtic music duo McIver-Saunière, or the surprising wandering Breton "Breizhoucada ".
Like great wines, each vintage of Ars has its own color. This 38th edition is situated between heritage and modernity.
The Programming Team