Music Festival: where to go in Paris and in the region?

The Fête de la Musique on the banks of the Seine, in Paris, on June 21, 2021.

It is already the forty-first edition of the Fête de la Musique. Good news since the event also heralds the arrival of summer. Here is a selection of concerts to enjoy.

In Ile-de-France

Silent films set to piano music at the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation in Paris

In the early days of cinema, the screening of films was accompanied by music played in the room by an instrumentalist, usually a pianist, sometimes a larger orchestra. It will be possible to relive this with the film-concert proposed by the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation with eight silent short films taken from its collection. Among which The Kiriki, Japanese acrobats of Segundo de Chomon (1907), all in prowess of visual tricks, like The Hallucinations of Baron Münchausen by Georges Méliès (1911), one of Max Linder’s adventures in Max is looking for a bride by Lucien Nonguet (1911), with a famous sequence in which the hero, locked in a barrel, hurtles down mountains and rivers; Or The Grotesque Museum by Emile Cohl (1911), magnificent work of animation. Live music by a pianist from Jean-François Zygel’s improvisation class.

Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation, 73 avenue des Gobelins, Paris 13e. At 10 p.m.

Fatoumata Diawara at Roger-Salengro Park, in Clichy

Malian singer – and also dancer and actress – Fatoumata Diawara, whose new album, London KB (Wagram Music), was marketed in mid-May, has become in a few years one of the best-known performers of so-called “world” music, by combining West African musical influences with pop elements, blues, jazz or rap. She has also collaborated with stars like – M – or Damon Albarn with Gorillaz. In the first part of the concert offered during this Music Festival, Joanne Radao, Franco-Malagasy singer and keyboardist, also in stylistic crosses.

Parc Roger-Salengro, 78 bd du Général-Leclerc, Clichy (Hauts-de-Seine). At 8:15 p.m.

“Les Brigands” by Offenbach, place Colette, in Paris

Opéra-bouffe in three acts composed by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) on a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, The Bandits is the story of a gang of thieves led by Falsacappa, of his daughter Fiorella, of a farmer, Fragoletto, in love with the beauty, of a young prince and a princess, of a plot to get their hands on on a treasure, disguises in order to pretend to be others, comedic situations and various misunderstandings. It is Place Colette, near La Comédie-Française and the Palais-Royal, that large excerpts from this fantasy by the creator of The Beautiful Helen, The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein Or La Perrichole. To interpret this “initiation” to Offenbach, the troupe Oya Kephale, created in 1995, which already has other operas by Offenbach in its repertoire.

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