You're invited to take part in this year's Fête de la Musique from the comfort of your living room, with our curated selection of playlists and concert streamings!
Created in 1982 by France's Minister of Culture Jack Lang, this musical celebration marks an important event in France's cultural calendar, taking place in every city and town across the country.
Every 21st of June, French citizens flood the streets, as amateur and professional musicians play outside in public squares, gardens, courtyards, train stations, museums, hospitals, state buildings, restaurants, bars... basically everywhere!
During this celebration, which lasts all day and throughout the night, all types of musical genres can be heard, from jazz, classic, contemporary, techno and more.
The popularity of Fête de la Musique in France has become so widespread that it has since inspired more than 120 countries around the world to adopt the same tradition.
To celebrate this year's edition of la Fete de la Musique, we've put together a list of some wonderful French musical for you to enjoy.
SO FRENCHY SO CHIC PLAYLISTS
So Frenchy So Chic Radio is a celebration of French
music, showcasing curated playlists of the best from then and now. It's also a lesson in the history of
French music, from the influence of jazz and
rock 'n' roll, to the glamorous discotheques
of the '70s and '80s, emotions of French
cinema, all the way to the pop, indie and big
club sounds of France today. They have the perfect playlist for every mood and every hour
of the day!
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: LE LIVRE DE BAUDELAIRE
Ian Bostridge / Orchestre Philharmonique de
Radio France / John Adams
Le livre de Baudelaire consist of four songs arranged
for voice and orchestra by John Adams from
Claude Debussy's song cycle Cinq Poèmes de
Charles Baudelaire. It has been interpreted by
Ian Bostridge (tenor) and the Orchestre
Philharmonique de Radio France directed by
John Adams during a concert at the Radio
France Auditorium on the 28th of February
JAZZ À LA VILLETTE:
LAURENT BARDAINNE QUARTET
- TIGRE D'EAU DOUCE
Jazz à La Villette is an annual jazz festival that
has a sharp and eclectic programme based
around improvised music. Several concert halls
in Paris welcome more than 30 000 jazz
enthusiasts during the festival. Laurent
Bardainne is a French saxophonist and one of
the most discreet yet active musicians in the
Paris scene. He played in different groups
including Tigre d'Eau Douce, an incredible
SHAKA PONK - ALCALINE LE CONCERT
Shaka Ponk is a French electro-rock band
formed in Paris in 2004. They mix different
forms of popular music into their songs in
addition to world music, although predominantly
with an electronic and experimental rock sound.
Their lyrics are mostly in English, though they
sometimes sing in French and Spanish too.
Their live shows combine digital animation with
an energetic display from the band members.
They played the last concert of the French TV
show Alcaline Le Concert in 2018.
UNITED WE STREAM À PARIS:
Tryphème, Hugo LX, Djebali, Piu Piu,
United We Stream is a global project that was
launched in March 2020 after almost every club
in the world had to shut down due to the new
restrictions. In June, United We Stream is in
Paris! Every week from Thursday to Sunday
some clubs are reopening in Paris to showcase
great lives and DJ sets. Last Sunday, the five
artists who played at La Bellevilloise were
Tryphème, Hugo LX, Djebali, Piu Piu and
GAUTIER CAPUÇON / YUJA WANG: FRANCK
Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century
ambassador for the cello. Performing
internationally with many of the world's foremost
conductors and instrumentalists, he is also a
multiple award winner acclaimed for his
expressive musicianship and exuberant
virtuosity. Yuja Wang is an internationally
recognized Chinese classical pianist and has
been playing with Gautier for years. In this
concert they are interpreting the cello version
by Jules Delsart of César Franck's Violin
Sonata in A major.
JANE BIRKIN SYMPHONIQUE
- ALCALINE LE CONCERT
Jane Birkin has often dressed and undressed
the works of Serge Gainsbourg, the "legendary
French poet" whose songs she has been
singing since the first album he composed for
her. In summer 2016 'Birkin-Gainsbourg The
Symphonic' was born, driven by the Montreal
Symphony Orchestra and the Francofolies de
Montreal. Jane Birkin has been able to carry
and personalize Gainsbourg's brilliant and
tortured lyrics with grace and charm. And here
she is, 25 years after the artist's death,
captivating audiences once again with some of
his best work.
CAMILLE À LA SALLE PLEYEL
French pop singer Camille attracted
international attention as a member of the
acclaimed Nouvelle Vague before resuming her
solo career. Born Camille Dalmais in Paris in
1978, she focused on ballet throughout
adolescence while developing a passion for
bossa nova and American stage musicals.
Her fifth album, Oui, arrived in 2017 on
Because Music. Recorded in a 14th century
monastery, the album reflected Camille's
fascination with the way the words "oui" ("yes")
and "l'ouï" ("hearing") were open to so many
different interpretations. Here is one of her
concerts at the Salle Pleyel in 2018.
"L'INONDATION" DE FRANCESCO FILIDEI
ET JOËL POMMERAT À L'OPÉRA COMIQUE
Commissioned by the Opéra Comique, Joël
Pommerat wrote an original opera libretto for
the first time. The "stage writer" had to share
the development of the speech and timing of
the production with composer Francesco Filidei.
The plot is based on a novel by Yevgeny
Zamyatyn that was published in 1929. As they
cannot give birth to a child, a woman and her
husband decide to adopt an orphan girl, who
then gets an unexpected place in their home
and in their hearts. This composition for the
stage gave birth to a new and eloquent way of
portraying life and death.
DANS LE CLUB AVEC ALOÏSE SAUVAGE,
OXMO PUCCINO, SETH GUEKO
Dans le Club is a French TV show broadcast by
the television channel Arte, dedicated to
concerts of French rap music. In this concert,
filmed in September 2019 at the Gaïté Lyrique
in Paris, discover Aloïse Sauvage, a young
rising star of the French rap scene, Oxmo
Puccino, a legendary French rapper that drew
on the street-smart American hip-hop of the
Notorious B.I.G and other icons to document
the hard life in Paris' 19th district, as well as
Seth Gueko, and Bramsito, also famous for
their flow and punchlines.