Breizh Amerika Collective
The BREIZH AMERIKA COLLECTIVE initiative brings together innovative musicians from Brittany and the United States of America to collaboratively work to create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, while developing durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding. Thomas Moisson is indisputably one of the most talented accordionists of his generation. His encounter with the distinctive voice and legendary charisma of Lors Landat has given rise to a unique duo on the avant-garde of Breton music. Having given over 300 concerts in the last 7 years both in France (at the Lorients Festival Interceltique, the Bogue dOr in Redon, and the Yaouank in Rennes) and abroad (Spain, Romania, and the Isle of Man), the pair have without a doubt become one of the most accomplished duos in contemporary Breton music. Video
Lors Landat was introduced to Breton traditional singing while a member of Lille Bretons diaspora (North of France), learning the old vocal tradition of Kan Ha Diskan, a unique form of singing only found in Brittany. His scenic presence and charisma quickly endeared him to world music and folk scene fans across Europe. The unusual route of this exceptional singer brought him back to Brittany in 1998, where he immediately begin collecting traditional songs from elders in the south-west of Brittany, while instructing kan ha diskan in schools around Lorient and conducting masterclasses across Brittany and France.
Often asked to perform in concerts and festivals around the world, he has impressed many with his ability to integrate and promote innovative musical projects and participate in numerous musical creations and collaborations (United States, Morocco, Romania, Ireland, UK, Spain, Brittany )
Julien Le Mentec, a talented multi-instrumentist (bass, double bass, piano), grew up with a musical family that were deeply ingrained in Central Brittany, which naturally brought him to traditional music. He plays in the most famous bands of Breton music, known for his modern style influenced by jazz and world music. Julien Le Mentec is also a great composer and arranger; he has worked with famous international artists like Goran Bregovic, Carlos Nùñez, I Muvrini, Frigg. Julien composes and arranges for the best bands of Brittany dance and performed with these bands on the great stages in France like Olympia in Paris and in many festivals around the world (Brazil, Tahiti, Czech Republic, etc.) An insatiable worker, Julien Le Mentec is one of the great contemporary Breton musicians of our time.
Focal Point Traditional Arts Center (View)
2720 Sutton Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63143
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