Saturday, 26 May 2012
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".
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).
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.
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The pictures of the concert were taken from the Journal de Saône et Loire.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
I am a total nitwit when it comes to nature, and I have asked some of these people what exactly they were looking for, and what they found. Bird names like red-backed shrike, a tiny little bird, several types of woodpeckers that hammer our trees, red kites and a variety of song birds were mentioned. I think I myself might have spotted a golden oriole, I certainly have been woken up by nightingales, and I had a number of brief encounters with hoopoes.
Last summer a pair of storks took residence in Cormatin. We spotted them for the first time in a field near Cormatin, pecking the ground in search of, I believe, worms or frogs. They build a nest on a chimney of the Cormatin château. I know that storks are not exactly rare; in the Alsace, but also in Southern France and in Spain almost every bell tower is crowned with a stork’s nest. But the whole population of Cormatin, all 503 of them, find the storks a fascinating phenomenon.
The moral of this story: to see interesting birds, it pays off to keep your eyes open in stead of investing in expensive equipment!
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