Imagined by Marion Rampal, L’île aux chants mêlés explores the creolization of music and songs. “This island where songs are mixed, it really exists!” Borrowing from the figures of travel writers, musicologists, collectors, and troubadours or bluesmen, their bundle on their shoulder, the musicians become foraging explorers, dreamy sailors and lovers of utopias. They follow, for example, a tune that left Brittany for Canada, went down to Louisiana with the Acadians, and which, taken up by a Creole singer, met the blues; they admire its metamorphoses and witness the invention of musical traditions. The island in search of which our three sailor-musicians leave is the ever singular place of this concrete utopia, creolization, a land which, potentially, can be located anywhere, in Japan, Ireland, as well as the Caribbean.
An evening with the support of the Metropole Aix-Marseille-Provence and the City of Ceyreste.
Photo credit © Martin Sarrazac
Marion Rampal : vocals
Pierre-François Blanchard : piano, keyboards
Sébastien Llado : trombone, conches
Jeanne Béziers : stage direction
Cécile McLorin Salvant : illustrations
Martin Sarrazac : text