Time: November 26, 2011 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Location: Alliance Francaise de Bangkok
Street: Sathorn Tai
Website or Map: http://www.alliance-francaise…
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Alliance Francaise de Bangkok
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2011
Alliance Francaise de Bangkok proudly presents the “fest-noz” music style concert by Kejaj to be held only on Saturday, November 26 at 19:30 hrs. The audience will enjoy the smooth blending of Breton and Thai instruments. The exclusive concert definitely not to be missed.
Kejaj means blend in Breton
Kejaj is the first and foremost band with its roots in Brittany (the region in north-west of France) whose approach has always been to mix musicians and music influenced by other traditions so as to create true “dance music.” Launched in 1992 by Hervé Le Lu, Kejaj participated in the famous “En Arwen” festival in Brittany.
Four musicians to get people to dance
Behind Kejaj’s creation was Hervé Le Lu who, among other things, created the nearly mythical “fest-noz” music band “Carré Manchot.” A true music worlds’ explorer who plays the traditional oboe style, wind instrument “bombarde”, he extensively traveled to search for the best traditional oboe players so they could perform at the festival “Bombarde et Cie” (bombarde and company) which he launched in Klegereg in Brittany. The group now includes Ronan Pellen who plays the traditional string instrument “cistre,” Yannis Noguet on the accordion and Etienne Callac on the base. Together, those four musicians cleverly mix Breton and international music in ways that makes you irresistibly want to dance!
An album and an exceptional gathering of musicians in Bangkok
Released last January, Kejaj’s first album, which was mainly recorded live, has been well
received by critics and the public. Played in a straightforward and heartwarming way, the
tunes are upbeat and, as they follow each other seamlessly, plunge listeners into the best
of Celtic “fest-noz” festivals’ atmosphere. During the concert at the Alliance francaise, Kejaj will be joined by several Thai traditional musicians such as Tawit Udchachon, Nikom Paenjeng, Siranon Jirochjaruwat, Chalita Sawaddee, Sorawids Chailertwanitkul and Mattaya Putthong who will add the voice of their instruments to those of the French band, thus creating a Thai style “fest-noz.”
A Breton word meaning night festival, a “fest-noz” is a traditional event held in Brittany. Those dance nights are known for dances performed in lines or circles. Bands’ musical instruments at such festivals usually are typical of the region and range from the wind instrument “bombarde,” which is similar to the oboe, to a sort of bagpipe called “biniou.” Very much a part of Brittany’s history, the “fest-noz” has been selected for inscription on Unesco’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage as Brittany’s intangible heritage, which consists of a series of regional cultural components including a song repertoire, instrumental pieces, dances and social events.
The Kejaj concert will be staged at the auditorium of Alliance Francaise. Tickets are THB 250 for students and members and THB 400 for public. The tickets can be purchased from Alliance Francaise’s library (closed on Monday).