Saturday, 29 July 2017

On to the next concert series

Guitares en Cormatinois 2017
The last three concerts of Guitares en Cormatinois 2017 are over and done with. The first two concerts were not as well attended as we had hoped for; however the last three made up for that.

Rossfelder Guitar Quartet
The number of tickets sold for the concert of the Rossfelder Guitar Quartet was such that again there was no space inside the church for most of the volunteers. Fortunately the four excellent guitar players (Ekaterina Khoreva, Emmaneul Rossfelder, Philippe Mariotti and Pascal Polidori) produced enough volume to be heard by those sitting outside the church. They played many popular classical pieces, arranged for four guitars, such as the Carmen suite by Bizet, Ravel's bolero and Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega/Sagreras. Click here for the pictures published on internet by our local newspaper.

Serafimova / Dinkova
The fourth concert featured marimba player Vassilena Serafimova and guitar player Stela Dinkova. Serafimova played many contemporary Bulgarian pieces, Dinkova played among others pieces by Bach and Villa-Lobos. Unlike what was written in the program, the ladies chose to play their pieces alternately instead of marimba before the break and guitar after. This certainly made the performance a lot livelier; besides they played several pieces together. Serafimova lived up to her reputation, and gave a sparkling performance. Click here for the pictures published on internet by our local newspaper.

Trio Tzigani
The last concert by Trio Tzigani consisted of Eastern European gipsy music. They played a lot of Hungarian pieces, although they had also arranged some well-known French tunes (such as La bohème – Aznavour) and Russian folk classics (Kalinka, Ochi Chyornye). The three gentleman even got the audience clapping aand singing along with Bécaud's Nathalie. Also this concert resulted in a full church, although fortunately there were some seats available for the volunteers. Click here for the pictures published on internet by our local newspaper.
We have, as usual, already started the preparations for the festival of 2018.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Staff announcement

I will have to disappoint those who follow this blog and have the idea to come here one day and stay on our campsite:
Since May 1st 2017, at the beginning of our season, we have decided to close the campsite permanently.
The reason is, that having family and friends pitching a tent in our back garden is one thing; however having strangers occupying the same space is something different, reason why we have decided to give our own privacy a slightly higer priority.

Once upon a time
The campsite should have disappeared from our own website as well as from websites we have been advertising on, and even on Google Maps Camping à la Ferme La Tuilerie ceased to exist.

Our gîtes
However, there is some good news as well: we still open our doors for guests of our two gîtes. We are still very happy to welcome those who would like to stay in one of our gîtes for one or more weeks, preferably from Saturday to Saturday.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Two down, three to go

Last weekend the first two concerts in the series "Guitares en Cormatinois" took place in the small Romanesque church of Chazelle.
The program of the first concert was entitled "Brazil Brazil…" and it was performed by singer Aurélie and guitar player Verioca.

Aurélia & Verioca
As the name of the program suggested the repertoire consisted of Brazilian music or of songs based on Brazilian rhythms: hence lots of sambas and bossa novas. Even though I am personally not so keen on this sort of dance music both French ladies provided a very pleasant evening. And this is what our local fake-press had to say about the concert.

Duo Iberia
The theme of the second concert was "Viva España" featuring Duo Iberia, consisiting of the French guitarist Romuald Ballet-Baz and the Georgian singer Mariam Gueguetchkori. The chosen repertoire consisted of pieces by amongst others Purcell, Schubert, Albeniz, Granados and de Falla. It was an excellent concert; voice and guitar matched each other very well and the few pieces for solo guitar were performed impeccably. In one word, this evening was possibly going to be one of the highlights of the series.

The "real"star of the evening
The one who stole everybody's heart however, was not one of the performers, but the three and a half year's old son of the musicians. He sat at the first row, attentively listening to his parents, applauding as enthusiastically as the rest of the audience at the end of each piece. When he was invited by his mother to join them on stage, and he actually managed to sing along with the music they played he was warmly applauded by everyone. As an encore the couple played the famous aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Bizet's Carmen, which was greeted with recognition and enthusiasm by the audience. And this is what our local fake-press had to say about the concert.

"Trio" Iberia
Tomorrow will see the performance of the Emmanuel Rossfelder Guitar Quartet. I am very curious to see whether our group of volunteers will have to listen to the concert from outside the church sitting in the cemetery, or whether we will be given places inside the church (e.g. behind the altar)….

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Guitares en Cormatinois 2017

As was to be expected, 2017 will see another edition of the festival "Guitares en Cormatinois". This year there are quite a few new faces, however, most of them have earned there spurs elsewhere, and not only on a national level.
Below a short overview, where possible with an indication of what can be expected.
All concerts take place in Chazelle's church, and the entrance fee is € 20 per person per concert. Reservations can be made by telephone (03 85 50 19 06 or 06 88 40 91 73) or we can arrange a reservation for you. Just e-mail ( or phone us (03 85 50 19 55).

The church of Chazelle
Saturday 8 July, 20h00
Aurélie & Verioca (vocals, guitar) with a program based on mainly Brazilian music.

Sunday 9 July, 17h30
Due Iberia (vocals, guitar) with a program of predominantly Spanish classical music. Their repertoire however covers a long time span with also non-Spanish composers, ranging from Purcell to Piazzola.

Rossfelder Guitar Quartet
Sunday 16 July, 17h30
Rossfelder Guitar Quartet (4 classical guitar players). Rossfelder is a well-known guest on our festival, and a crowd puller. They have a varied repertoire of compositions for classical guitar. Those who want to be sure of a seat better make a reservation.

Saturday 22 July, 20h00
Vassilena Serafimova & Stela Dinkova (marimba, guitar). Lat year we had the privilege to hear Serafimova in Cluny accompanied by a piano player. Even if she plays in Chazelle only half as good as she did in Cluny, this promises to be a very interesting concert.

Serafimova in Cluny 2016
Sunday 23 July, 17h30
Trio Tzigani (3 musicians, violin, double bass, guitar and cimbalon) with, as the name suggests music with a gipsy background. However, they do not play Hot Club de France-style music; their music is rooted in the Balkans, albeit with quite some Hungarian music as well.

The concert series 2017
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