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22 July

spring holidays in New Orleans

from Saturday 11 to Sunday 19 April 2009

During the exhibition The Jazz Century, revisit the melting-pot origins of the musical genre that revolutionised the 20th century.

This week is an occasion to pay tribute to this city founded at the beginning of the 18th century. French, Spanish and finally American, this city was soon populated by Native Americans, European settlers and Creole people from Haiti. A town which has fallen victim to its climate, a town renowned for its red light districts where jazz reached out to its first audience, a festive town with a colourful carnival, New Orleans brings its quarters to the Musée du Quai Branly for one week.

events: go to the heart of New Orleans

New Orleans is now! Congo Square Today

Creation for an orchestra, large choir and percussions.

Director: Donald Harrison Jr. (composer, director) / assisted by Max Moran (double bass), Joe Dyson (drums) and Detroit Brooks (guitar) / Gérald French and another singer, the « Mardi Gras Indians »

For the opening on Saturday 11 April, a hundred secondary school pupils will gather in the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre for the show New Orleans is now

This musical creation for a large choir, percussions and orchestra is directed by Donald Harrison (saxophonist, composer and singer), with the musicians, dancers and percussionists of the “Mardi Gras Indians”. At the joint initiative of the Banlieues Bleues festival and the Musée du Quai Branly, this musical creation is an account of the melting pot of Native American and African roots in the jazz music of New Orleans.

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre
  • date: Saturday 11 April at 5:00 pm 

French Quarter festival Quai Branly – Music Festival in New Orleans

From 17 to 19 April, feel the heartbeat of New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival at the Musée du Quai Branly. On the programme, a Cajun ball and brass band. Over 4 years after the Katrina disaster, New Orleans has not lost its rhythm.

- Brass band

The Vieux-Carré is the soul of New Orleans; the quarter from which, according to the legend, Louisiana draws its French origins. Jazz developed here, on Bourbon Street, at the beginning of the 20th century.

The Musée du Quai Branly is now open to the French Quarter Festival and celebrates the history and musical culture of this unique quarter with the "Be Bop Stompers Quartet".

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: march throughout the museum including the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre foyer and the Garden 
  • dates: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm

- Cajun ball and Zydeco

Learn a few steps and dance to Sarah Savoy & the Francadians, the rhythm of Acadian and Creole dances.

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: Claude Lévi-Strauss Theatre foyer
  • date: Friday 17 April from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cajun ball
Cajun ball
with Sarah Savoy & the Francadians
with Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

workshops

On the banks of the Mississippi river

Because New Orleans is at the mouth of the Mississippi, it is a large river commercial port, where all the American cultures meet, as well as being a large maritime port in the Gulf of Mexico. Come and discover the ecosystems of New Orleans, with the Mississippi, the marshes (bayou), the Gulf of Mexico as well as the unusual wildlife and the weather systems of the region. 

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • public: families with children from age 7
  • dates: Saturday 11 April at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm; Sunday 12, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 April at 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm; Monday 13, Wednesday 15 and Sunday 19 April at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm; Friday 17 April at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Do you speak Creole?

Children are introduced to the Creole of New Orleans through songs and stories.

  • duration: 45 minutes
  • public: families with children aged 3 to 6 years
  • dates: Saturday 11, Monday 13, Wednesday 15 and Sunday 19 April at 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm; Sunday 12, Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 April at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and  4:30 pm

Sound Painting

From New Orleans Jazz to improvisation, there is but a step! The Musée du Quai Branly and the group Amalgammes will perform unusual and intoxicating music, the Sound Painting. 

  • duration: 1h
  • public: families with children from age 7
  • dates: Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 April at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm, Sunday 19 April at  4:00 pm and 5:30 pm

screening debate

New Orleans after Katrina

Despite “Music and food” being the buzzwords in New Orleans for over a century, four years after hurricane Katrina, the people of the town are still fighting to revive an authentic and strong culture in spite of a weakened economy.  In the cradle of jazz, the documentaries by Virgile Beddok, Florent Mazzoleni and Marc Oriol draw you into the musical world of artists who will share their daily fight for the protection of their musical heritage: jazz and blues!

The screening will be followed by a debate on the future of jazz and the musicians of New Orleans, with the directors of the documentary.

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: cinema
  • date: Sunday 12 April from 3:00 pm 

encounters at the Jacques Kerchache reading room

encounter with Jean Cohen

Conference on free jazz in the framework of the exhibition The Jazz Century. Jean Cohen is a musician and professor at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne.

  • duration: 1h
  • public: all types of public
  • venue: Jacques Kerchache reading room
  • date: Saturday 18 April at 5:30 pm

Listening session

The festive music of New Orleans has weathered every storm and worse of all, has survived the vagaries of fashion! Come to discover the kaleidoscope history of the genre at a debate interwoven with recordings and the screening of iconic documents with Philippe Baudoin, a musicologist, musician and collector.

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: Jacques Kerchache reading room
  • date: Thursday 16 April at 5:00 pm

Voyage to a 1920s New Orleans

Ghislain Dibie, head of printed heritage offers a voyage through time in New Orleans by presenting old, recent and unusual works. (Presentation of New Orleans tourist brochures from the 1920s)

  • public: all types of public
  • venue: Jacques Kerchache reading room
  • date: Wednesday 15 April at 3:00 pm