music salons 2009-2010

One Saturday per month, the music salons, an intimate listening space, facilitate the discovery of unique artists and the performance of repertoires and instruments from diverse places.

Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater

free admission based on availability, upon the presentation of a entrance ticket for the Museum

trio de vièles © photo Thibault de Puyfontaine
trio de vièles © photo Thibault de Puyfontaine

musical afternoon: Asian strings, a trio of string instruments

Mongolia - China - India - France

Saturday September 19th 2009

With an exceptional gathering of three great masters of traditional string instruments, the composer and guitarist Mathias Duplessy invites us on a musical journey, from the Steppes to the deserts, from the arid mountains to the green valleys…The poet, accompanied by this instrument associated with nomadism and horse people, narrates, sings or chants historical tales and epics as well as news. Mongolian, Chinese or Indian, bringing these traditional instruments from such different cultures together on stage is a world first. The young virtuosos, all sons of respected masters, form a bridge between tradition and modernity: Sabir Khan, (playing the sarangi from Rajasthan), performs all over the world with his father, the great Sultan Khan; the brilliant EnkhJargal Dandarvaanchig, (a Mongolian môrrinkuur and höömii singer), now lives in Germany; and finally Guo Gan (Province of Liaoning) is recognized as the best ehru player in Europe.

music salon: Ashkan Kamangari, Perisan songs and music


Saturday October 10th 2009

Persian music, through its ability to constantly revive itself, forms a unique phenomenon in the East. Having being passed down through the generations without interruption, it incites real emotion, a result of its mystical heritage. If it remains a living art, having deftly survived the turmoil of history and avoided becoming trapped in a world of academia, it is precisely because it has never deviated from its original inspiration.

Chérif Mbaw © Chérif Mbaw
Chérif Mbaw © Chérif Mbaw

music salon: Chérif Mbaw, the mbalax tradition


Saturday November 7th 2009

The music of Chérif Mbaw falls within the scope of the mbalax tradition, the name given to Senegalese wolof urban music. Festive and lively, it is a blend of traditional and modern music with a major contribution from percussion instruments. The author, composer and guitarist, Cherif Mbaw sings in wolof and finds his inspiration in current musical trends giving rise to a form of mbalax consisting of a subtle mix of ndombolo, salsa, reggae and funk.

His musicians, united by their African culture and their knowledge of contemporary music, have very varied musical backgrounds enabling them to create an inventive universe backed by leket calabashes, the tamar and sabar percussion instruments and the xalam lute.

Kouyaté & Neerman Afrobeat. D. R.
Kouyaté & Neerman Afrobeat. D. R.

music salon: Kouyaté & Neerman, Afro-beat jazz quartet

Mali – Great Britain

Saturday December 19th 2009

David Neerman, a free spirit on the young European scene and an esteemed vibraphone player, has worked with the Korean singer Youn Sun Nah, and flirted with slam, as well as the jazz metal of United Colors of Sodom or the post jazz of Collectif Slang.

At the same time he has retained his passion for ancient Mandinka poetry. Lansiné Kouyaté, a master of the balafon, “the classical piano of Africa”, began his career with the National Orchestra of Mali at the age of 10. Two instruments from the same family – one metal and one wood– create a common inspiration: the distortions of the electric vibraphone intersect with the notes of an African poet-musician still reverberating with the echo of an imaginary forest.

Roumi Haroun Teboul © Ibrahim Birlikay
Roumi Haroun Teboul © Ibrahim Birlikay

musical afternoon: Djelal-Eddine Roumi through time and space

Pakistan - Iran - Turkey – France

Saturday January 16th 2010

  • created by Haroun Teboul

A performance of sufi poetry and song in the form of a tribute to the mystic Djelal-Eddine Roumi, proposed by the musician and singer Haroun Teboul accompanied by Iranian, Turkish, French and Pakistani artists.

Roumi was the greatest Persian language poet. He died in 1273 in Konya, where his tomb is revered by people from across the East. He founded the order of the Mevli, commonly known as the “whirling dervishes”. Proclaimed across the Muslim world, his work has inspired a wide variety of traditions such as classical Persian song, dervish ceremonies and the Pakistani qawwalî. Through the Persian and qawwalî songs, the sufi music of Turkey and a Mevli ceremony, this musical afternoon is an invitation to indulge yourself and listen to the inspired lyrics which express devotion to the Divine Being.

Emma Milan D.R.
Emma Milan D.R.

music salon: Tango(s), the singer Emma Milan and her trio

Argentina – France

Saturday February 13th 2010

A true Latina, Emma Milan sings about the Buenos Aires tango and her nostalgic love affairs to the sound of the bandoneon. She celebrates an imaginary Argentina where the cobblestones are always wet and the girls often sad and where the ports resemble film sets. Carlos Gardel, the father and creator of the tango, was originally from Toulouse.

Yom photo Arnaud Weil
Yom photo Arnaud Weil

music salon: Yom, New King of Klezmer Clarinet


Saturday March 20th 2010, 6pm

The klezmorim, Jewish travelling musicians, created a musical genre somewhere between Gypsy, Turkish and Balkan music and on which they etched traces of their own culture characterised by nostalgia as much as by hope.

Gifted with a rare dexterity and a contagious exuberance, Yom stands out as a genuine virtuoso and a fine connoisseur of klezmer music. Alongside, among others, Denis Cuniot, an inspired pianist, he set out in search of the musical kingdom embodied by his master Naftule Brandwein, the great Polish clarinettist whose enthusiasm never failed to enliven the American klezmer nights from the 1920s to the 1940s.

musical afternoon: the kathak dance ensemble, Indian rhythm and dance

Northern India

Saturday April 17th 2010, 4pm

Indian rhythms (tala) are without doubt amongst the most skilful in the world. Always complex, usually between six and sixteen beats, they are designed in cycles enabling extremely subtle arabesques to be performed.

In order to explore the intimate relationship between rhythm and dance, this musical afternoon presents the art of the kathak. In the 16th century, with the arrival of the Mughals, the kathak, then a dance of divine inspiration, became a dance of entertainment, leaving the temples for the elegant courts of the new conquerors.

The Jaipur gharana is heavily composed of whirling and emphasises the rhythm of the feet; the gati, the pounding of the feet, are synchronised with the rhythmic utterances.

Cap vert photo Aude Julien
Cap vert photo Aude Julien

music salon: Vamar and Tuia, acoustic guitar duo

Cape Verde

Saturday May 22nd 2010

The two guitarists Vamar Martins and Valdir Da Cruz Lima create an acoustic dimension where anything is possible. Their music draws on the diversity of the rhythms of the archipelago (morna, coladeira, funana, sanjon, batuk, etc.), expressing each in their own way the uniqueness of these islands bathed in Atlantic, African and Portuguese-speaking nuances. On the inhospitable shores, successive generations of great masters, including B. Leza and Luis Rendall, have developed an extensive guitar tradition. Vamar and Tuia take to the high seas, winding their way through a variety of musical worlds and cultures.

femmes artistes du lac de Sebu © Altamira
femmes artistes du lac de Sebu © Altamira

music salon: the female artists of Lake Sebu, the T’boli community of the Lemhadong collective


Saturday June 26th 2010

The musicians and craftsmen from the Lemhadong collective live in the village of Dekolon, on a hill overlooking Lake Sebu. They learned music by observing adults when they themselves were children, saying that they have never had lessons, apart from those given by a fairy appearing in their dreams...The mythical recital organised by the hero Tudbulul in Lemhadong brought together not only humans: the guardians of the forest were also attracted, and the music fascinated them to such a point that ever since, they have been appearing in musicians’ dreams to encourage them. According to the ladies of Lemhadong, these wild, music-loving fairies guide their talent, drawing their inspiration from the land and the sea.