The Music section team offers you a selection of concerts and festivals all over France, a very partial reflection of a resumption of musical activity in the fields of rock, pop, jazz, music classical, soul, electro, chanson or so-called world music.

Nada Surf at the Bataclan, in Paris on May 30, and on tour in France until June 13

On March 11, 2020, five days before President Macron’s announcement of the first confinement, the American group Nada Surf gave two concerts in a row at La Cigale, in Paris, which are remembered. Postponed twice since (due to the health situation), the return to France of the American alternative rock trio, led by singer and guitarist Matthew Caws, gives the impression of symbolically closing – at least we hope – a strange parenthesis.

With a tour of nine dates (already passed by Caen, Nantes, Bordeaux…) including this Monday evening May 30 at the Bataclan, in Paris, and which continues in Grenoble on the 31st, Aix-en-Provence (June 1), Orléans ( 2) and Lille (13). Augmented on stage by a fourth member on guitar, Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums) have the advantage of drawing from a large reservoir of power pop classics accumulated since the mid-1990s, such as Always Love, Popular, Blonde On Blonde, Rushing… as well as those from their excellent latest album, Never Not Together, released in 2020. Franck Colombani

David Sanborn at La Seine Musicale, in Boulogne-Billancourt, on June 1

For some, the American David Sanborn is the saxophonist who plays the main theme of the films of the cinematic crime series Lethal Weapon – music from the four films composed by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and Sanborn. For others, he is an instrumentalist on many rock and pop albums, including some of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Todd Rundgren, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Franks, Elton John, Steely Dan, Roger Waters… United States, viewers of the NBC channel also know him for having been the host of the musical program Night Music, from 1988 to 1990.

For others, he is one of the jazz soloists whose name is associated with those of Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield… And whose important personal discography, since 1975, oscillates between classical jazz and advances towards pop, Latin jazz, a touch of funk. An often inventive improviser, sensitive in the register of the ballad, incisive on a fast tempo, David Sanborn will be at La Seine musicale, for his only concert in France this summer. With the excellent pianist Geoff Keezer, Ben Williams on double bass and drummer Billy Kilson. Sylvain Siclier

Le Mans Europajazz Festival, June 1-5

They are six instrumentalists to whom the team of the 43rd edition of the Europajazz of Le Mans proposed to shape each their programs. First, clarinettist Louis Sclavis and trumpeter Erik Truffaz who will share the bill on June 1, from 7 p.m. The first will present his new album Les Cadences du Monde (Disques JMS/PIAS), marketed since May 27, and the second the program La Voce della Luna, with the Emelthée choir. Then on June 2, from 5 p.m., saxophonist Géraldine Laurent, who will play in duet with François Corneloup – then with her band – and with her quartet, also invites the trio M.O.M. and the Paul Lay Trio. Saxophonist Sylvain Rifflet will be on the 3rd, from 5 p.m., at the heart of five formations. On the 4th, from 3 p.m., it’s Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, John Scofield who, in turn, will play in four groups and invite the duo Daphné Ménard (voice) and Nicolas Rousserie (guitar). Finally, on the 5th, from 12 p.m., trumpeter Airelle Besson will begin her day with pianist Benjamin Moussay, then with three other formations. S. Yes.

Bru Zane Palazzetto Festival, Paris, June 1-29

It is to the bicentenary of the birth of César Franck that the French music festival is dedicating its ninth edition by presenting at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées the exhumation of the extremely rare Hulda, a bloody Norwegian medieval drama, embodied by the mezzo Jennifer Holloway and the tenor Edgaras Montvidas. The Philharmonie de Paris will not be outdone, which will see the pianist Bertrand Chamayou, François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles, host a gala evening while in Sainte-Clotilde, the organist Olivier Penin will ring the rostrum in collaboration with the Colonne Orchestra. Romantic Paris, a contemporary of the composer, will summon the ghosts of Théodore Dubois and the unknown Henriette Renié, rehabilitated in the Salle Gaveau by the Lamoureux concerts and the harpist Emmanuel Ceysson. Marie Aude Roux

We Love Green Festival, in the Bois de Vincennes, in Paris, on June 2, 4 and 5

So as not to miss the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gorillaz, the fruit of the pioneering experiments of singer Damon Albarn and cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, We Love Green has postponed its return to the Bois de Vincennes by one day. After the special poster for this Thursday, June 2 (which will also see the exclusive appearance in France of the neo-soul of Jorja Smith and the caliente pop of Nathy Peluso), the coolest and most eco-responsible of Parisian events is back to its weekend habits. -end. Plaine de la Belle Étoile, four stages finely balance the essentials of the year – Clara Luciani, PNL, Juliette Armanet, Selah Sue, SCH, Ziak… – and the excitement of discovery and underground nuggets. Whether it’s indie-rock (Chet Faker), British club culture (Shygirl, Slowthai, Central Cee), electro (Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Charlotte de Witte…), French rap (Chanceko , Laylow…), even Spanish (the impressive C. Tangana).

Note, the only Parisian date of the return of Phoenix and the first appearance of stand-up artists (Fary, Madame Sarfati). What a good laugh before worrying during the many debates of the Think Tank, devoted to environmental and societal issues. The countless stalls of the famous “food court” will allow you to refuel before leaving to dance or reflect. Stephane Davet

Art Rock Festival, in Saint-Brieuc, from June 3 to 5

In 1983, Jean-Michel Boinet and Marie Lostys created, in Saint-Brieuc, this festival celebrating a “rock spirit” in a multidisciplinary mode. For its 39th edition, Art Rock remains faithful to this meeting of genres, presenting, among other things, two exhibitions of digital art (Adrien M

Launched on Friday with the world premiere of the return of Phoenix, Art Rock will offer a generous offer of songs (Clara Luiciani, Juliette Armanet, Jane Birkin, Gaël Faye…), rap (Gazo, Josman, Sopico…), electro (French 79, S C A R R, Eloi) and rock (Peter Doherty

Rush Festival, in Rouen, from June 3 to 5

“The Rush festival and the 106 team offered me to do the programming for the 2022 edition. It was with joy and curiosity that I accepted, to end up taking it all very seriously (…) He The result is a program combining performance, contemporary art, reflection and the most diverse music. The signatory of this note of intent is singer and bassist Jeanne Added. Among his picks are announced: June 3, Kidromi, Quinzequinze, Lucie Antunes, Lous And The Yakusa, Vitalic; on the 4th, a lecture by Manon Labry “Riot Grrrls, chronicle of a feminist punk revolution”, Léonie Pernet, Franky Gogo, Underground System, Le Juiice, Irène Drésel; the 5th, Julien Desprez, John Greaves, November Ultra, Yelli Yelli, Jacques, Charlotte Adigéry

Festival Levitation France, in Angers, from June 3 to 5

The organizers of Levitation France, in Angers, announce that they have “the audacity to believe” that their programming this year is “the most beautiful since the beginnings” of their festival, of which this 9th edition has been moved from September to the beginning of June. With attention to indie-rock, in all its components, and musicians from all over. Including the Americans of Brian Jonestown Massacre, Kim Gordon, member of Sonic Youth, Kevin Morby, the girl group Death Valley Girls, the Japanese of the psych rock group Kikagaku Moyo, the Australians of Pond, the Irish of Gilla Band (ex-Girl Band) or the Touraine neighbors of Stuffed Foxes whose album Songs/Revolving we noticed. In total, twenty-six formations on two open-air stages in front of the Chabada hall, a year-round hotspot for so-called current music activity in Angers. S. Yes.

Métis Music Festival in Angoulême, from June 3 to 5

Many concerts, literary encounters, film screenings, an exhibition of Nadia Nakhlé… Musiques métisses is the major event for world sound, a term that the organizers prefer to that of so-called world music. The 46th edition has allure with the Franco-Rwandan singer Gaël Faye, the New York group Underground System which mixes Afro beat and electro, the Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab, who lives in New York, the Malian Djely Tapa, who lives in Montreal (June 3), funk band Lehmanns Brothers, Franco-Korean saxophonist Oan Kim, Franco-Greek singer Dafné Kritharas, klezmer funk from Abraham Inc. led by clarinettist David Krakauer, trombonist Fred Wesley and DJ and keyboardist SoCalled (4th), Moroccan oudist trio Mostafa El Harfi, Argentinian duo Las Hermanas Caronni, Reunionese singer Christine Salem, Brazilian guitarist and singer Lucas Santtana (5th). S. Yes.

Big Thief at La Cigale, in Paris on June 6, Villeurbanne on June 7 and Bordeaux on June 8

Initially scheduled for early February and postponed due to the health situation, the hexagonal tour of the flagship of international indie folk, Big Thief, is inaugurated with two evenings at La Cigale Parisienne, on June 5 and 6. The first date, which is already sold out, confirms the constantly growing and well-deserved success in our region of this New York quartet, a true convict of the scene, constantly on the road. The confinements did not scratch their inspiration, since on February 11, the quartet, led by singer and songwriter Adrianne Lenker, released a copious double album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You (Matador). A fifth opus where their intimate folk compositions become a little more eclectic in form (country, rock and even gothic on Little Things). Each concert of the group is intended to be an experience tinged with mysticism, so much so that Adrianne Lenker recently posted a video where she asks noisy spectators to respect silence during performances, so as not to break this intimate experience. Fr. C.

The Zoot Symphonic Orchestra, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Paris, on June 7

The Zoot Collectif brings together performers who come more from jazz, are rather full of diplomas, and intend in their creations to meet other arts or musical genres. Thus, three of its members, saxophonist Neil Saidi, trumpeter Noé Codjia, and drummer David Paycha have each written ambitious scores intended to be played by all or part of a very large ensemble with a big band wind section. to which are added flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns, tubas, clarinets, tubas, a harp, an important string section, a rhythm section with percussion…

This Zoot Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Léo Margue, will present on Tuesday, June 7 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Paris, The Baroness’s Suite by Saidi, Symphonica by Codjia and Zoot Fugue by Paycha, which appear on an album published by Zoot Records, whose release will be celebrated on this occasion. Listening, one thinks of Duke Ellington or Charles Mingus in their successful experiences of linking jazz and symphonic orchestration, of Gershwin too, of the great composers of the golden age of Hollywood nourished by classical music. . S. Yes.

Biches Festival, in L’Aigle, from June 10 to 12

It is the new French scene, pop, song, rock, electro… that is interested in the Biches Festival, seven years old, which this year announces that it will take place in a new site: the large meadow of the Farm de Rai, close, with a shuttle system, to the center of the town of L’Aigle, in the Orne department where, in addition to the stage, stands will be set up for numerous activities including yoga, sports activities, temporary tattoos , screen printing, a space reserved for children. For music, the program is attractive: with June 10, Charlotte Fever, Dye Crap Johnnie Carwash, Michel, The Pirouettes, Gwendoline Jacques…; the 11th, Carmeline, Ottis Coeur, Film Noir, Voyou, Lewis Ofman, Kalika, Ascendant Virgo…; the 12th, Nina, Romane, November Ultra, Miel de montagne, Lulu Van Trapp, Quasi Qui, Yuksek. S. Yes.

Festival Saint-Michel en Thiérache, from June 12 to July 10

By opening its 2022 edition with a program devoted to the happy days of Naples, the Festival Saint-Michel en Thiérache places itself in an optimistic perspective of rebirth, i.e. a dozen concerts over five consecutive Sundays. A joy shared by a whirlwind of artists, from Bertrand Cuiller’s Caravansérail to Albert Recasens’ La Grande Chapelle, including harpsichordist Benjamin Alard, mezzo Eva Zaïcik, the Voces Suaves ensemble, Marguerite Louise under the direction of Gaëtan Jarry . Not forgetting Les Arts Florissants (Paul Agnew), Philippe Jaroussky, L’Arpeggiata by Christina Pluhar, Le Concert de la Loge conducted by Julien Chauvin or La Fenice by Jean Tubéry. In total, the greatest pages of music from the 17th and 18th centuries will resonate in the basilica, at the foot of the historic organ from 1714, whose presence inspired the creation of the festival. MY. R.

Rio Loco Festival, in Toulouse, from June 15 to 19

Change of direction, more dispersed program – or of an accentuated eclecticism according to the points of view –, for this 27th edition of the Toulouse festival Rio Loco. Towards the meadow of Filtres, on the banks of the Garonne, the heart of the festival, as every year, a large and family audience will converge (children also have a dedicated program and space).

Between the Senegalese singer Lass, the excellent and rare Uruguayan songwriter Jorge Drexler, the singular renovator of Asturian music Rodrigo Cuevas, the New York salsa collective Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the jazz saxophonist Laurent Bardainne with his group Tigre d’ Eau Douce, the guitarist-singer Keziah Jones and the Brazilian Chico César who will present a preview of his new album Vestido de Amor (release scheduled for September 16), an emphasis will be placed on the current Portuguese scene. Patrick Labesse


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