Archived : 2012 | 2011 |

Drivetime - 16th March, 2012

Friday, 16 March 2012 , ora 11.31
"The Travelling Fish" from Grenoble

It is said that "love passes through the stomach first" - so why should the love for music not have its place on ... a plate?At least this is what the members of the band Les Poissons Voyageurs - "The travelling fish" had in mind when choosing their name. Formed in 2009 in Grenoble, the band - which has musicians from France, Sicily and Canada - includes Chantal Urbain, Sébastien Leblanc, Florian Vella and Jean Russell or, to be precise, one accordion, two guitars and one contrabass, not to mention the vocal abilities the musicians display in an original repertoire, highly difficult to describe as genre. Aware of their status as "free men", travellers in a world of different cultures, "Les poissons voyageurs" inspire themselves from American swing, Gypsy manouche, Russian or Neapolitan ballads and even reggae. "We belong to the world; we interpret songs from around the world. Wherever we go, this cultural variety is extremely appreciated by the ones that come to listen to us. We travel the entire world, we've recently been to The Czech Republic, Ireland, France, Canada and in February we have been to Romania" the members of the bad confirm. With a current album and one in preparation, "The travelling fish" are playing today at the "Le Boeuf au Comptoir" restaurant in Grenoble. It's almost as if Pãstorel Teodoreanu had thought about them when writing that "Even cooking is an art/ When the cook is an artist!"

"Spielfeld Klassik" - ongoing

The series of events included in the "Spielfeld Klassik" project, organized by the Munich Philharmonic, continues. On March 21st, classical music enthusiasts have the opportunity of listening to a program that covers the distance between the Baroque era and the modern one, through pieces such as Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2 in E major, BWV 1042by Johann Sebastian Bach - with Thomas Zehetmair as soloist - and the "Petruska" ballet by Igor Stravinski. Conducting the Munich Philharmonic orchestra throughout the event, will be the young Columbian musician, Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

Violinist and conductor born in 1977 in Medellin, Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies at the age of 5, completing them at the Vienna Academy of Music. His fist success came in 2003, in collaboration with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra on the stage of the prestigious Musikverein. Four years later, the conductor had his debut leading the Basque National Orchestra in San Sebastian, Spain, and amongst the events included on his agenda were also a series of concerts for ensembles from Wien, Budapest and Zagreb, alongside his collaboration with the Munich Philharmonic orchestra in the "Spielfeld Klassik" project.

"Nouvelle Vague" - touring in Russia

And since we have brought up the New Wave of music being played in France, we will cast an eye over the already-famous "Nouvelle Vague", especially over the band's activity and the series of concerts they will be performing this month in several cities throughout Russia. Their musical journey begins on March 17th, at the Arena Moscow Club in Moscow, with a concert designed to promote their latest album - their sixth album, in fact - released last year under the name "Couleurs sur Paris".

The name of the band "Nouvelle Vague" - formed in 2003 by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux - in French means New Wave and in Portuguese stands for the bossa-nova music style. These trends can be traced back to the band's music, as they combine today's music vibe - jazz, music for film, or 60's pop music - with Brazilian tunes. We've had the chance of seeing them perform in Bucharest in 2010, and until a new "Nouvelle Vague" concert in Romania, we will enjoy listening to their album "Couleurs sur Paris".

Alexandra Cebuc
Translated by Mihaela Melneciuc
MTTLC, Bucharest University