music rooms 2010-2011

One Saturday per month, music rooms - intimate listening spaces - introduce us to unique artists and showcase repertoires and instruments from different horizons.


Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater, free access with limited seating, upon presentation of a museum ticket


DamilyLivePromo © DR


Music room, Saturday September 11th 2010 - 6 pm.

Guitarist Damily is the shining embodiment of the tapir musical genre, emblem of the Tulear region (southwest of Madagascar). Tapir is the result of the blend that occurred in the 70s between modern African music and traditional music of the villages. Its origin protected it from western influences and folkloric stagnation. Founder of the eponymous group, Damily is a steward of the vitality of the Malagasy heritage.

Ishango Opus2, creation of Camel Zekri

Ishango Les arts improvisés © photo Arthur Pequin

France - Centrafrica

Musical afternoon, Saturday October 16th 2010

Slam creation and pygmy voices. After Opus1, presented during the last « Music Cities of the World » festival, Camel Zekri, guitarist and composer, pursues with Ishango Opus2, an exceptional meeting of two diametrically opposed universes, that of the forest and that of the industrial city. Polyphonic chanting of the pygmy forest and of little Congolese village of Ishango (one of the most interesting in the world) blends with very creative urban slam declamations. Camel Zekri’s music, pygmy voices and slam poetry are the common thread of this musical afternoon.

MizMarch and bombard, musicians of the Nile and Erwan Hamon

MizMarch and bombard © DR

EGYPT- France

Music room, Saturday November 13th 2010 - 6 pm.

This is a meeting between Brittany’s bombard and the Egyptian mizmar, a meeting of "ringers" who go from village to village to play for the ghawazis (gypsy dancers) of the Nile or entertain during festnoz, in Brittany. The popular oboe has an intense and piercing pitch that a wealth of sounds and inspires a new way of listening to music. The continuous breath and uninterrupted musical buzz that opens every ringer’s musical phrase make this popular music unusual, stimulating, beautiful, uncompromising and infinitely lively.

Kalam Terre

Kalam Terre © Anne Nordmann

India, Kerala

Musical afternoon, Saturday December 18th 2010 - 1 pm.

The art of the kalam is over a thousand years old. This type of powder drawing from Kerala is featured in Michel Lestrehan's unique performance, which features dancing, music and video. The Kalam space where the drawings are done and the time it requires (5 hours) are displayed to the public before the dance performance closes the fleeting invocation. Both creation and destruction express the cyclical unfolding of time and space… But perspectives are shifted, and it is not the divine that is conjured by images, but the living presence of the dancers who pace the drawing.

Kathakali master class with a dancer of the Prana
Company, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December 2010
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Amrat Hussain Trio

Amrat Hussain © DR

India - France

Music room, Saturday January 15th 2011 - 6 pm.

Amrat Hussain is a tablaist from Rajasthan who belongs to a new movement of the “tal”, the rhythm of India. This music emerges from the fusion of jazz and rock and is inspired by the early magical works of John Mac Laughlin, the genre's pioneer and his Mahavishnu Orchestra. The fiery musical dialogues between bass, electric guitar and tables recalls a kind of psychedelic jazz rock that is increasingly popularin India today.

Las Hermanas Caronni

Las Hermanas Caronni © DR


Music room, Saturday February 12th 2011 - 6 pm.

Las Hermanas Caronni are twin sisters inspired by candombe, milonga and classical music. Laura and Gianna Caronni, from Argentina, come from a family of Swiss, Italian, Russian and Spanish origins and grew up around opera and tango singers. They focus on writing their own songs and instrumental themes: their duet bears Argentine influences with a nostalgia highlighted by their understated and harmonious voices.

Dobet Gnahoré

Dobet Gnahore © Renee Missel


Music room, Saturday March 12th 2011 - 6 pm.

Ivorian singer, dancer and percussionist Dobet Gnahore has inherited the strength of her Bete traditions from her father Boni Gnahore, percussion master of Abidjan’s Ki Yi Mbock.

Company directed by Werewere Liking. With French guitarist, Colin Laroche of the Feline band, she sails through Madinka melodies, Congolese rumba, Ivorian ziglibithy, Cameroonian bikutsi, Ghanaian high-life and zulu songs. Dobet Gnahore sings in various African languages (Bete, Fon, Baoulé, Lingala, Malinka, Mina or Bambara) and is a dynamic representative of a truly panafrican music.

African dancing master class
Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2011
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Ghalia Benali

Ghalia Benali © Jemi Samyn


Music room, Saturday April 30th 2011 - 6 pm.

Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali bears the feminine soul of the old Arab world and of the festive, poetic and passionate great Arab song tradition. Her feline presence conjures images of popular Cairo cafes and chichas, made famous by Naguib Mahfouz’s novels. Her voice has the fervor of the famous tarab, the emotion that precedes a kind of ecstasy and praised by poets. Her proud and jovial dancing style (sharqiya) embodies the spirit of a popular yet sophisticated Orient.

Dizu Plaatjies Ibuyambo Ensemble

Dizu Plaatjies © Patrick Lee Thorp


Music room, Saturday May 14th 2011 - 6.30 pm.

Dizu Plaatjies’s father is a traditional African healer. He grew up in Langa, in the Black neighborhood of Capetown and carries with him a realm of customs spirituality passed down from the great South African traditions. Surrounded by bows, flutes, mbira, mbube, kayomba, Ugandan harps, kudu horns, akadinda, marimbas or guitars, this singer, musician and musicologist is very attached to preserving his heritage. On stage, he draws attention to the musical and instrumental traditions of his country and the entire African continent.

“African rhythms, African voices” master class with Dizu Plaatjies
Friday 13th , Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2011
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Traditional Okinawa dancing


Musical afternoon, Saturday June 18th 2011 - 4 pm.

Okinawa is the main island of the Ryûkû archipelago, the former kingdom, now prefecture, nested between the island of Taiwan, the Japanese Archipelago and China. Ryûkû dancing was created in the 15th century as a court dance in the Ryûkû Kingdom. It was originally performed to greet Chinese imperial envoys. The refrained and controlled aspect of this type of choreography is unlike any other: dancers aim at expressing emotions commanded by the music with very subtly executed light movements. Around this performance, the musée du quai Branly offers the opportunity to discover the richness of Okinawa, “centenaries island” in Japan through a conference on the Kingdom’s history, a mini concert and a karate demonstration.

Karate initiation master class with master Yukinobu Shimabukuro
Saturday June 18th 2011 11 am. 

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