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Chicago Blues: Robben Ford at the Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, the performance space at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, kicks off its 18th season on Friday, September 21, 2018 with Robben Ford Quartet in concert at 7pm and 9:30pm. Robben Ford’s latest album, Into The Sun, debuted at #2 on The Blues Charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing....

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Crossing the Line: Thought-Provoking Performances in New York

From September 18 through October 13, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents Crossing the Line Festival 2018, the 12th edition of its critically acclaimed interdisciplinary showcase for avant-garde creative talents from around the world. The wide-ranging, thought-provoking lineup includes What Remains, a collaboration between choreographer Will Rawls, poet Claudia Rankine, and video artist John Lucas that explores the effects...

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Françoise Hardy, Aging Gracefully

She is the face of 1960s French pop. At 74, Françoise Hardy is also a style icon, and her (almost) tell-all autobiography has finally been published in English along with the release of a new album. Some evenings in the Parc de Bagatelle in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, a tall, elegant, white-haired woman with an androgynous silhouette...

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A Movie About the Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Rebirth of Cajun French in Louisiana

A documentary project about the Cajun rock band The Lost Bayou Ramblers has been awarded the French Culture Film Grant by the #CreateLouisiana industry-building initiative and the TV5 Monde television network. “On va continuer !” (We will go on!). These words conclude every concert played by The Lost Bayou Ramblers. The sound of his instrument is still resonating when Louis...

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1918, the Beginnings of Jazz in France

During World War I, Afro-American musicians posted to France popularized a new form of music. This “syncopated ragtime” was the beginning of jazz. An exhibition organized at the New Orleans Jazz Museum through November 15, 2018, takes a look back over this period. “Here, on February 12, 1918, the first jazz concert was played on European soil.” This declaration is...

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Where to Celebrate la Fête de la Musique in the U.S.?

On the first day of Summer, 750 cities in 120 countries will participate in Make Music Day, or "Fête de la Musique." Originating in France, this festival was created by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1982 to be an annual celebration of music in its most welcoming form. Free for the public and open to musicians of any...

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Shoot New Music Video at the Louvre

American stardom reaches France’s doors once again as Beyoncé and Jay-Z drop a surprise album and shoot the music video for one of their songs, "Apes**t," at the Louvre Museum in Paris.  The power couple took over the French museum. They posed in front of the Mona Lisa, and stood on the Daru staircase. Part of the video is filmed in...

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Gaël Faye: From Rapper to Best-Selling Author

French-Rwandan author Gaël Faye sat down with the New York Times in Paris. He discussed his childhood in Burundi, the outbreak of the civil war and his escape to France, the beginning of his rapping career and his lucky encounter with French editor Catherine Nabokov, and the success of his autobiographical novel, Petit Pays (Small Country), which was translated in...

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Does Francophone Music Have a Place in the United States?

While Aznavour and Brel enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame in the U.S.A., musicians who sing in French still struggle to make it big across the Atlantic — unlike those who opt for English. French DJ David Guetta and the Versailles-born rockers from the band Phoenix won their first Grammy Awards for songs with English lyrics in 2010. The number...

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“Django”: Reinhardt Unchained

The first feature-length movie from Etienne Comar, out in U.S. theaters on January 5, portrays a little-known episode in the life of the great Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt. During the Nazi occupation of France in 1943, Romani jazz musician Django Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) got Paris on its feet at the Folies Bergère music hall. When the German propaganda department decides...

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In Search of the Franc-Comtois People of America

Billy Fumey dreamed of being a cowboy when he was a child, but the young man has actually become an American "emissary" for his native French region of Franche-Comté. Guitar in hand, he tours Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, following in the footsteps of the first Franc-Comtois settlers. The inhabitants of Besançon in Eastern France know that their city shares...

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Johnny, France’s Good American

On December 6, 2017, the French lost their most popular countryman. Johnny was decried by the French elites but the workers adored him. He was our homegrown American. Whatever may think Paris’ lofty intellectuals who decry the United States, Johnny Hallyday was embraced by three generations of French people. Emmanuel Macron reflected this evident popularity when he declared that Johnny,...[Subscriber]

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Johnny Hallyday, American at Heart

French singer Johnny Hallyday grew up with Elvis and Chuck Berry, and passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at the age of 74. "That’s where all the music I love comes from. From the blues," said this child of rock music and American culture in 1972. "His father is American, and his mom is French," said Line Renaud when...[Subscriber]

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Emi Ferguson Brings the Music of Versailles to New York

Can you imagine if Lana Del Ray and Kanye West had sung at the court of the Sun King? It’s not as strange as you may think, as English flutist Emi Ferguson, professor at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, is giving 17th-century baroque music a second lease of life. Emi Ferguson spend her childhood summers in a...

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Jazz, a Transatlantic Love Story

The arrival of the ocean liner Queen Mary II in New York harbor, on Saturday, July 1, marks the return voyage of the first American soldiers who fought in France during Wold War I, but also the birth of a new form of music, jazz. A number of African-American musicians took advantage of the French infatuation with this new American art form and...

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Where to Celebrate la Fête de la Musique in North America?

On June 21, 750 cities in 120 countries will participate in Make Music Day, or “Fête de la Musique.” Originating in France, this festival was created by French Cultural Minister Jack Lang in 1982 to be an annual celebration of music in its most welcoming form. Free for the public and open to musicians of any genre or skill level,...

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Los Angeles Swings to Jazz by Django Reinhardt

The Lycée Français de Los Angeles is celebrating all things swing! The Lycée's Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz will be hosting the first edition of a festival in honor of renowned French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt on June 17 and 18, 2017. Jean Reinhardt was born in Belgium in 1910, and his life could well have taken a turn for the worse....

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Fiddles, French, and the Quest to Save a Forgotten Dialect

Dennis Stroughmatt didn’t like French at school. Despite this fact, the American musician and historian has become the sole guardian of a quickly-vanishing French dialect from Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Today he is fighting to keep Illinois French alive by teaching seminars and playing concerts throughout the United States. France-Amérique: How did you come upon “Illinois French”? Dennis Stroughmatt: I...

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The Musical Revival of Cajun French

Cajun French was forbidden in Louisiana until 1964. This dialect is a blend of French, English, Spanish and Caribbean influences, and is now being revived through the music of the Lost Bayou Ramblers. The band’s singer and violinist, Louis Michot, talked to us about his commitment to save Louisiana’s Cajun culture. France-Amérique: How did Cajun French arrive in Louisiana? Louis...

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Wax Tailor: the French DJ Hits the Road

The latest album from French DJ Wax Tailor, entitled By Any Beats Necessary, was designed in the style of an American road-movie soundtrack, and blends influences from jazz, rap, hip hop, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. The album was recorded in New York with a panoply of artists including Lee Fields, Tricky and Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan, and...

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Piaf! The Show, a Tour in Homage to Edith Piaf Stops by Carnegie Hall

Every evening at 8pm, Anne Carrere brings Edith Piaf back to life. Since January 2015, the French singer has played the leading role in Piaf! The Show, which looks back over the life of the “Little Sparrow” through her songs, already attracting nearly 500,000 people across 30 countries. The culminating point of this 400-date tour will be a live show...