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 theatre
free access subject to available places, on presentation of a museum entrance ticket.

Les salons de musique passés

Vigil for a word

Jeff Baillard and Alin Légarès © René-Chales Suvélor


Saturday 10 September 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 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2011
for more information about the Martinican storytelling masterclass


Adama Coulibaly © DR

France - Mali

Saturday 12 November 2011 at 6.00 pm

Double-bass player Théo Girard and donso n'goni player Adama Coulibaly invite you to a unique event of song and music. 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 honour political, religious or artistic public initiatives.

Akli D

Akli D © Youri Lenquette

France - Algeria

Saturday 10 December 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 17 March 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 originality of this ensemble. 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 14 April 2012 at 6.00 pm

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

Trio Lopez - Petrakis - Chemirani

Trio Lopez Petrakis Chemirani © DR

Spain - Crete - Iran

Saturday 12 May 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 of 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 23 June 2012 at 6.00 pm - theatre-in-the-green

After his concert for World Music Day, Orlando Poleo here performs in salsa formation, with eight musicians from among the best on the Venezuelan music scene. With this 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 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012
for more information about the Venezuelan Afro percussion masterclass


World Music day : Orlando Poleo / Afrovenezuelajazz

Orlando Poleo © DR


Thursday 21 June 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 son and Afro-Venezuelan rhythms. He occupies a significant place in the Latino-American and international musical landscapes. He has played with the greats, 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.