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September 11, 2009

Jazz Duo Features Hurdy-Gurdy & Saxophone

Written by
cindy mcleod
Gilles Chabenat & Jean-Marc Padovani

Chabenat-Padovani Duo
Friday, September 18
12:10 pm at Cantos
7:00 pm at Alliance Francaise

Ancient & Contemporary Fusion of Sound in Calgary Concerts

Alliance Francaise and Cantos Music Foundation present the duo of Gilles Chabenat (hurdy-gurdy) and Jean-Marc Padovani (saxophone) for a truly unique pair of concerts in Calgary. Appearing for a free noon hour performance at Cantos Music Foundation and a ticketed event in the evening at 7:00 pm at Alliance Francaise, the French duo are capturing imaginations around the globe with their distinct sound.

Born in 1963 at Lignières in Central France, Gilles Chabenat began playing the hurdy-gurdy at 13. Winning several music awards he subsequently devoted himself to his region’s traditional repertoire with a desire to branch out into other musical styles and to reinvent the instrument and techniques associated with it.

Chabenat spent more than a decade with the Corsican group I Muvrini, during which time he worked with a number of European greats such as Véronique Sanson, Stephan Eicher and Jean-Jacques Goldman as well as pop icon Sting. More recently he’s collaborated with jazz musicians such as Vincent Mascart, Jacques Mahieux, Alain Bruel, Alain Gibert, and Jean-Marc Padovani. In addition, his hurdy-gurdy is featured in a Jannick Top composition written for Pierre Jolivet’s film Le Frère du Guerrier.

The hurdy-gurdy (also known as a wheel fiddle) is a musical instrument that dates back more than 1,000 years, with the strings are sounded by means of a wheel turned with a crank, functioning much like a bow. Melodies are played on a keyboard. Often used interchangeably with bagpipes, the instrument features a drone-like sound underneath the melody and is frequently found in contemporary French and Hungarian music. After several years of research, luthier Denis Siorat has developed a contemporary-style electro-acoustic instrument which further helped to integrate the ancient instrument into the modern musical experience.

for more info visit Alliance Francaise or Cantos Music Foundation

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