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The five music festivals setting the tone this spring

► “Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés” in Paris

May 16 to 21

Kyle Eastwood and his quintet, Camille Bertault, Hugh Coltman and Ibrahim Maalouf, a square of aces will open “Jazz in Saint-Germain-des-Prés” on May 16 at the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe in Paris. Back live and in public, the Parisian festival is rolling out the red carpet to a host of inspired artists, including Marion Rampal with Naïssam Jalal and Piers Faccini, double bassist Henri Texier, pianist Thomas Enhco with double bassist Stéphane Kerecki, composer and pianist Dan Tepfer and the brilliant trumpeter Airelle Besson… who will participate on May 18 in a round table moderated by Alex Dutilh of France Musique on the place of women in jazz.

→ REPORT. The Voices of the Other, a fraternal festival at the abbey of Thoronet

► “Voice Festival” in Châteauroux

May 20 to 22

The “Voice Festival” honors the vocal and choral art and makes it resonate in all aesthetics from Châteauroux and several towns in Indre. More than 600 singers, amateurs and professionals, will give about fifty concerts and fifteen discovery workshops. The event, organized by three local associations, opens with Black Lake which, between Mali, the United States and France, summons soul, African music and polyphonies with the vocal ensemble Sequenza 9.3.

On May 20, in the Saint-Marcel church of the Castelroussine city, the La Sportelle quartet will revisit sacred song with its concert Ave Maria, yes but which one?. Note that this festival, which presents exceptional vocal groups, is also open to amateur ensembles from all over France.

→ READ. The Printemps de Bourges sings again

► “Jazz under the apple trees” in Coutances

May 20 to 28

In Normandy, spring is back with the festival of cool lights and apple blossoms. A major festival that sets the tone for the summer season by welcoming the most prominent artists of the moment, “Jazz under the Apple Trees” presents three creations this year. One is organized around the violinist Théo Ceccaldi and his electroacoustic formation. The other, Cuatro Caminos, played by trombonist Fidel Fourneyron’s quartet, receives several distinguished guests. The third, Respect to Arethawill pay a vibrant tribute to the queen of soul on May 27 with four great vocalists, including the inspired Sandra Nkaké.

► “Rio Loco” in Toulouse

From June 15 to 19

Festival open to all music from around the world, Rio Loco will hold its 2022 edition, Nova Onda, under the sign of Portugal, with a splendid poster signed by the artist Joana Vasconcelos. Labeled by the “France-Portugal Season”, the program is open to many young artists, including singers Lass, Emel Mathlhouti, Léonie Pernet, Laura Cahen and Awa Ly, or percussionist Lucie Antunes. Note the presence of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the queen of New York salsa.

→ PORTRAIT. Awa Ly, the magic voice

► “Django Reinhardt Festival” in Fontainebleau

From June 23 to 26

the guitar hero gypsy jazz at its festival. It brings together luthiers, jazz artists, lovers of flamenco and gypsy music in the park of the Château de Fontainebleau. This year, the Briton Jamie Cullum, the group Magma and the guitarist prodigy Jimmy Rosenberg will be at the rendezvous of an edition honoring the women of jazz. On the bill, Melody Gardot, Robin Mc Kelle, Rhoda Scott and the Lady All Stars which brings together the most gifted musicians of French jazz, Anne Paceo, Nicole Rochelle, Gabi Hartmann or Fiona Monbet.

→ CRITICAL. A violin whirlwind with Fiona Monbet’s “Maelström” album