Lafayette

Apr 5, 2013 10:27 PM by katc

UL Presents An Evening of Traditional Music and Dance of Brittany

An Evening of Traditional Music and Dance of Brittany
Angelle Hall, Room 158, 601 East Saint Mary Boulevard
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Monday, April 15, 2013, 7:30 pm

Presented by
Students and Faculty of Université Rennes 2
Brittany, France

Free admission
Doors open at 7:15 pm

Sponsored by
The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
and
Centre de Formation des Musiciens Intervenants
(Center for the Training of Musicians in Schools)
Université Rennes 2
and
CampusFranceUSA

 

The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music is pleased to present its artists in residence for the Spring 2013 semester at UL Lafayette, the faculty and students of the University of Rennes 2 in Brittany, France. During their concert at Angelle Hall on Monday April 15, the visiting French group will perform music drawn directly from or inspired by Breton traditional music, including songs in the Breton language and also the Gallo dialect of French, "Celtic jazz," and traditional dance music.

Université Rennes 2 music faculty members Yves Defrance, Loïc Gourvennec, and Didier Ropers will be joined by some sixteen graduate diploma students who are studying how to become teaching artists in elementary schools and other settings.

Three of these students will perform at Festival International de Louisiane, April 27-28 on the Scène des Enfants (Children's Stage). The trio, named Tammat (a Breton expression meaning "good time"), consists of Amélie Dalibert (vocals), Tristan Le Breton (guitar), and Manu Maisonnier (accordion).

One of nine such training programs in France, the Rennes 2 program specializes in the use of Breton music and dance as well as traditional music from around the world. Each year, ethnomusicologist Yves Defrance, a scholar of Breton music, leads his second-year students on a field trip abroad to share their music and to absorb music of the host country. This year, the group has chosen south Louisiana as their field destination.

During their one-week stay on the university campus, the French students will visit university classes, attend Cajun jam sessions, receive special instruction by UL Lafayette faculty, and apply their training by visiting French immersion classrooms in the Lafayette Parish School System.

On the last night of their two-week field excursion, the Rennes group will take part in the opening event of La Semaine Française in Arnaudville, LA. The April 19 potluck and party will take place at Nunu's Arts and Cultural Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville, 6:30-9pm, and will feature traditional Cajun and Breton music and dance. The event kicks off a conference on cultural economy and creative placemaking that will continue April 20-24 and feature several speakers from Brittany (Bretagne) and Acadiana. For more information about La Semaine Française, go to www.semaine-francaise-arnaudville.org.

The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to promote an appreciation for the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music from all cultures and historical periods with special emphasis on the music indigenous to the Acadiana region. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.

For more information about the concert, please call 337-482-6012.

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