2011/2012 musical salons

One Saturday per month, intimate musical salons promote encounters with unique artists and provide an opportunity to experience repertoires and instruments from diverse backgrounds.


Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater
free access subject to available places, on presentation of a museum entrance ticket.

Vigil for a word

Jeff Baillard and Alin Légarès © René-Chales Suvélor


Saturday September 10th 2011 at 6.00 pm

An original creation by Alin Légarès, traditional storyteller and Jeff Baillard, soundscapes and electronic environments. The creativity of the young sound artist Jeff Baillard provides the background to the oral memory of the Bélé culture handed down by storytellers from generation to generation.

Martinican storytelling masterclass with Alin Légarès
Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2011
for more information about the Martinican storytelling masterclass


Adama Coulibaly © DR

France - Mali

Saturday November 12th 2011 at 6.00 pm

Double-bass player Théo Girard and donso n'goni player Adama Coulibaly invite you to a unique song and music event. A concert on two levels in the Malian tradition where the hunter/artist plays to divert his audience, but whose role is also, according to his own judgement, to denounce or honor political, religious or artistic public initiatives.

Akli D

Akli D © Youri Lenquette

France - Algeria

Saturday December 10th 2011 at 6.00 pm

Akli D is an accomplished writer of bucolic, spiritual Kabyle poetry. Jaunty rhythms, bittersweet ballads, mandola, clari-ney, banjo, guitars and African percussion participate in a unique style that offers us surprising melodies and rhythmic variations from ancient Numidia via Celtic peoples to the shores of California.

Saint Patrick's Day with Skeduz

Skeduz © Myriam Jegat


Saturday March 17th 2012 at 6.00 pm

Skeduz, which means "light", was created in central Brittany, near Guéméné-sur-Scorff. Today the group is one of the most musically rich Breton ensembles. The unique mixture of the bombard and the biniou with stringed instruments is at the root of the ensemble's originality. With both traditional themes and new compositions, they perform a repertoire that falls somewhere between transmission and festive improvisation.

Tiharea, sacred songs of Madagascar

Tiharea © DR


Saturday April 14th 2012 at 6.00 pm

Dancers and singers gifted with an unusual vocal technique, the group called Tiharea ("wealth") is composed of Talike Gellé and her three sisters, who sing a unique repertoire of traditional songs from Madagascar a cappela. They are originally from Androy, a region in the south of Madagascar where singing is part of daily life and they sing original creations by Talike in Antandroy together with traditional works such as the beko - a traditional oral story which calms and heals the spirit.

Trio Lopez - Petrakis - Chemirani

Trio Lopez Petrakis Chemirani © DR

Spain - Crete - Iran

Saturday May 12th 2012 at 6.00 pm

Efren Lopez: hurdy gurdy, rubab, oud, fretless guitar, kopuz 
Stelios Petrakis: lyre, laouto, lavta 
Bijan Chemirani: zarb, bendir, daf, udu

A musical encounter between three talented composers and interpreters of Mediterranean traditions, the trio: Efren Lopez, Stelios Petrakis and Bijan Chemirani plunges us into an intimate and warm musical universe. Old friends, their musical cultures and instruments (hurdy gurdy, oud, guitar, zarb, bendir, daf, lyre, etc.) mingle and intersect as their inspiration flows. A musical promenade around the Mediterranean (Turkey, France, Spain) and across the plains of Central Asia (Iran, Afghanistan).

Orlando Poleo and his Charowo orchestra


Saturday June 23rd 2012 at 6.00 pm - theatre-in-the-green

After his concert for World Music Day, Orlando Poleo performs for us in salsa formation, with eight musicians from among the best on the Venezuelan music scene. With the Charowo orchestra, created in Paris, he has been the guest of the main music festivals in France and Europe.

Venezuelan Afro percussion masterclass with Orlando Poleo
Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2012
for more information about the Venezuelan Afro percussion masterclass

World Music day: Orlando Poleo / Afrovenezuelajazz

Orlando Poleo © DR


Thursday June 21st 2012 at 8.00 pm - theatre-in-the-green

Orlando Poleo was a street child born in Caracas and is one of the best percussionists in Latin Jazz music. His music fluctuates between jazz, Cuban song and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms. He occupies a significant place on the Latino-American and international musical stage. He has played with great names, such as Alfredo Rodriguez, Ernesto "Tito" Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Arturo Sandoval and Archie Sheep, and in France he accompanies the singers Dany Brillant and Bernard Lavilliers. With a small band (5 musicians), he will perform an exceptional concert at the museum for World Music Day.