Saturday, 26 May 2012

Again : Jazz in Trivy

In our second year here, in 2006, we heard that accordeon player Richard Galliano was going to give a concert in Cormatin's church during the festival Guitares en Cormatinois. However, I had never heard of the guy (ignorant, moi?) and besides, why would we go to listen to an accordion player during what was supposed to be a guitar festival?
A couple of years back my son gave me a CD ("Viaggio") for my birthday, where the guitarist Biréli Lagrène was accompanying this same Richard Galliano.
After having listened to this CD a few times I realised how stupid I had been not going to that concert out of sheer ignorance. Since that day I have been keeping an eye out for the various announcements of concerts in the area. One never knows who might pop up in this part of the woods. Had we not been very lucky to see Biréli Lagrène in Trivy through an announcement in the newspaper? Unfortunately through circumstances beyond our control we had just missed a concert by Rhoda Scott who performed in a nearby village. But again, if one keeps an eye out, one is boud to find something of ones liking every so often.
A few weeks ago I spotted that Galliano was scheduled in the series "Jazz in Trivy".
A few years ago we had to drive to Mâcon to pick up tickets for the Tirvy concerts at a pharmacy, but in the mean time we found out that one can order tickets at the Cluny tourist information as well. Four tickets for Galliano were quickly bought, and on the evening of the concert we drove off to Trivy with two friends, about half an hour driving.
We were a bit on the early side we thought, but the church was already almost full. The advantage of that was, that we managed to conquer some ordinary extra chairs in the aisle. Of course it is nicer to have a front seat, but having said that, sitting for two hours in a church bench is not my idea of a comfortable way of watching a concert. The concert was extraordinarily good. Galliano has developed a style in which the influences of tango, valse musette and jazz are nicely interwoven. The only other jazz accordion player of international fame I know of is the Dutchman Mat Mathews (1924-2009).
Galliano played not only the accordion; he also used the accordina, a cross between the accordion and the harmonica. his trio further consisted of Jean Marie Ecay on guitar and Jean Philippe Viret on bass (played with Stéphane Grapelly).
But why write an article about an excellent concert in a tiny little village not far from here? Do I really think that people will travel this far just to enjoy a good cocert?
Yes, I do! In one of my previous blogs I had mentioned Rhoda Scott, who had given a concert not far from here. Someone in the Netherlands was looking for concerts by Rhoda Scott, found a festival in Vienne and my blog, and put one and one together. She booked a week in one of our gîtes and visited the festival in Vienne using La Tuilerie as base of operation.
So much I have learned from blogging: you never know who reads it, and every reader is a potential client...

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The pictures of the concert were taken from the Journal de Saône et Loire.

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