Fête de la Musique
Thursday 21 June | 5pm - 10pm | FREE ENTRY!
Alliance Française, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
This winter, la Fête de la Musique is coming to the Alliance Française for a night of free music, mulled wine, and soupe à l’oignon - uniting French tradition with Melbourne’s rich music culture.
Also known as Make Music Day, the French celebration occurs every year on the 21st of June – the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice – and allows and encourages musicians to play outside in their neighbourhoods, public spaces and parks, where spectators can enjoy live performances, all for free. The Alliance Française will be adapting the event for the Melbourne winter, opening its doors, and providing the spaces for these concerts to take place, complete with mulled wine and French onion soup.
Did you know: In French 'Fête de la Musique' sounds like
'faites de la musique' which literally means 'make music!'
7pm-8pm Main Gallery
Melbourne-based, French-inspired ensemble La Nuit Blanche seeks to bring the French music they love to a modern Australian audience. Featuring the gypsy sounds of accordion and guitar, and the sexy jazz brawn of saxophone and double bass, with purring jazz and pop vocals. Bringing you the songs of Eartha Kitt, Charles Trenet, Camille, Vanessa Paradis, the Amelie soundtrack, Django Reinhardt… The band is made up of Raleigh Williams on vocals, Enzo Ruberto or Own Downie on double bass, Nathan Slater on guitar, Salvatore Greco on accordion, and Julian Banks on saxophone.
6pm-6.45pm Main Gallery
Vocalist and guitarist Floyd Thursby is one of Australia’s leading interpreters of French song - chanson française. As lead singer of acclaimed gypsy swing and jazz manouche ensemble La Mauvaise Réputation he has performed extensively in Australia and has toured in Europe and South-East Asia, including a special performance for the French consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He performs solo - voice and acoustic guitar - and specialises in making the rich treasures of the French lyrical tradition accessible to English-speaking audiences.
Joyce Prescher is a Dutch-born folk artist based in Melbourne. She captures audiences with her poetic lyrics, haunting melodies and a voice that gets under your skin. Joyce's debut album 'Home' was well received and was listed in PBS' Top 10 albums of the week. On the album she meditates on the hardship of living away from home, identity, love and death. Her sound tells of her love of folk music, with hints of alt-country and Americana. Her songs are made to listen to whilst wrapped in a warm blanket, in front of a fireplace, with a glass of red in your hand.
The New Impromptu Quartet is made up of Alexander Nettelbeck on piano, Mikey Chan on guitar, Rory Brown on bass, and Andy Horneman on drums, with special guest Georga Byrne, on voice/percussion. Exploring a world of styles and influences from jazz to latin, funk, drum n bass and soul, The New Impromptu Quartet's range is eclectic and diverse: energetic danceable grooves, rhythmic bass lines and driving percussion characterise the quartet's sound.
8.15pm-8.45pm Main Gallery
Entropy Quartet is a four piece ensemble from Melbourne that merge elements of improvised jazz, funk and groove, roving through syncopated states and improvised landscapes. The ensemble perform mostly original material but their sets are also peppered with creative interpretations of well known pop music, from the likes of The Beatles, Radiohead, and Bjork amongst others. The band draws influence from a broad spectrum of musical sources, ranging from Jazz, to classical, to electronic music.
5.45pm-6.15pm La cafétéria
Kath and Kim are an eclectic jazz duo featuring the melodically rich and adventurous guitar stylings of Kathleen Halloran, complemented beautifully by bassist Kim May’s supportive and interactive work in the lower registers. Their sonic pallet is a broad one, but accessible nonetheless. Together, they focus on the more ethereal, ambient aspect of their sound, but at the core, it is still driven by a fun and fierce approach to improvised music.
5pm-5.45pm Main Gallery
The Joloff Vibes is a a fusion of Senegambia and Australia, mixing west African voice and rhythm with Western taste. The band is made up of Boubacar Gaye from Senegal on percussion, Australian Luke Koszański on guitar, and vocalist Yusupha Ngum from The Gambia in West Africa.
Chicken Wishbone combine their take on Jazz and Hip-hop to create their own flavour. The group ranges from 8 to 12 creative people pushing the boundaries of the genre. Riding off their vinyl LP release last year they are in full swing developing strictly original hip-hop.
HUW GREGORY & MARLENE SAMSON DUO
5pm-5.30pm La cafétéria
With an enigmatic and refreshing take on repertoire, Marlene Samson and Huw Gregory are a vocal/piano duo, creating dynamic performance experiences for the unexpected listener.
6.30pm-7pm La cafétéria
Rob DeMasi is a consummate musician and artist of considerable range whose
soulful song writing is influenced by the sounds of reggae, soul, bossa, pop and
beyond. During a career spanning over 16 years, Rob has supported and performed with various artists both internationally and in his home country of Australia.
The night will finish up with a jam session that anyone can be involved in! If you'd like to have a jam with some of the musicians listed here, make sure to bring along your instrument.
In keeping with the spirit of the event, a variety of musical genres will fill the spaces in the Alliance Française’s exquisite Eildon Mansion: from the old basement kitchen, to the grand staircase, with an exciting line-up of local performers.
Warm your mitts!
Our friends at Melbourne Accueil will be serving mulled wine, and traditional French onion soup will be available, prepared by renowned French chef Philippe Mouchel, with the kind help of French Assist. The Frencheese food truck will also be on site, serving warm raclette over potatoes and charcuterie, and the Crêpes for Change van will be serving hot crêpes!
When: Thursday 21 June,
5pm - 10:00pm
Where: Alliance Française de Melbourne
If you're keen on spending a night listening to music, meeting new people and even improving your French, we are currently looking for volunteers to help us out with the event!
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