Talent comes in all tongues.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Eefje de Visser – live at Noorderslag 2012 – VPRO/3voor12, Netherlands
Something a bit different tonight. Eefje de Visser is a relatively new-on-the-scene Dutch singer-songwriter who is not all that well known outside The Netherlands. Well . . .there is that language barrier, and Dutch isn’t quite as “romantic” a tongue as say, French. But still, Eefje de Visser has a good following and this appearance at last years Noorderslag festival gives ample evidence of that. Around since winning a song contest in 2009, she’s currently on tour throughout The Netherlands, supporter the release of her second album Het Is (it is) which is scheduled for release at the end of this month. There is a gig scheduled for London on September 25th, so the sites may be spread beyond the English Channel.
At any rate, there is a nice quality to Visser’s voice, and even if you don’t understand the words she conveys a luxuriant sound that doesn’t get tired, even if you don’t understand the language. But that’s just me.
Give it a spin and see if you like it. No translations, but maybe in the future she’ll be doing something in English.
For now, enjoy something non-stressful for the end of the weekend.
One of the major figures in 20th century French Harpsichord.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Marguerite Roesgen-Champion – Autient et Danse Sacrè – Composer w/unidentified String Quartet – ORTF – 1953 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Composer-as-performer this week. Marguerite Roesgen-Champion may not ring many bells these days, but during the last century she was one of the most highly regarded Harpsihordists and Women Composers of France. Swiss by birth, Roesgen-Champion settled in Paris and remained there until her death in 1976. Actively engaged in performing as well as composing and teaching, Roesgen-Champion recorded extensively, but primarily of other composers works, not so much her own.
This performance, recorded around 1953 and made by ORTF in Paris shortly after the premier of her work Autient et Danse Sacrè features Roesgen-Champion accompanied by an unidentified String Quartet (presumably from the string section of the FNO). As is the case with all these French Radio recordings, there is no detailed information, and even the dates are sketchy.
But one thing’s for sure – this particular recording hasn’t been reissued in any form, and as is the case for many of these recordings, the originals are probably lost.
So enjoy it while you can – you may not get another chance.
That’s just like history, isn’t it?
A poet of strings.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Stephane Grappelli – Live At My Father’s Place – 2nd Show – March 19, 1978 – WNYC
The legendary Stephane Grappelli this weekend. Having grown up with the music of Django Reinhardt, hearing Stephane Grappelli always reminds me of the pile of 78s I used to listen to over and over again of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. How that music alone got me interested in what other people were doing musically around the world, and how influential the universal language of music was in bringing together cultures and ideas. How we all have benefitted from it. And still are.
This weekend it’s a club date at My Father’s Place in Old Roslyn, New York; the second set, recorded on March 19, 1978. Grappelli is joined by Diz Disley and John Etheridge on guitar and Milt Hinton on Bass.
The sentiment and approach have not changed all that much. But the point of view is so fresh and energetic that sweeping innovation isn’t necessary. Its elegance is timeless.
Definitely something to hang out with on a Sunday afternoon.