Les Jeudis de la Harpe
Gwenael Kerleo, Breton harpist and composer, chose a musical and creative path at a very young age. As a highly sensitive child, she found a safe haven in music, and the Celtic harp became her instrument.
Gwenael Kerleo is now established as one of the major Celtic harpists in Brittany. Her music has also touched music lovers throughout the world: from Japan to Paraguay, via Hungary, Germany and Russia.
She confides her stories to her audiences with modesty and feeling. Despite the challenges everybody must face in the world, her music is full of hope, and the sense the best is yet to come.
Gwenael’s latest programme, ”Meeting with an Angel”, is an invitation to share in the harmony she senses, in a moment of pure happiness that she would like to last forever.
Singer, harpist, pianist, composer, producer… Gustine is a musical omnivore, a multifaceted artist – a free electron! Since her studies at the Reims Conservatory with Dominique Demogeot, and a stint at the Cefedem de Lorraine where she obtained her national qualifications in teaching and contemporary music, Gustine has devoted herself to performance and creation. She has collaborated with many artists, written music for contemporary dance, spent 4 years on tour with DJ Fakear (electro), composed a pop piece for symphony orchestra, accompanied Albin de la Simone at the Philharmonie de Paris, sung at the Stade de France for the Rolling Stones – and was discovered by the whole of France on the TV show The Voice.
Gustine will soon release her first album as a songwriter and arranger. Hear her here unplugged, alone with her harp.
On the programme: Stevie Wonder, A-ha, Henri Salvador, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Isaac, Marc Lavoine…
We will begin with Nikolaz Cadoret, who needs little introduction to harpists as one of the most creative and impressive virtuosi of the modern trad scene. He pushes aside the imaginary borders we sometimes impose on our musical perspectives, combining Breton and other Celtic roots with improvisation, jazz, sound processing and other contemporary sound worlds. “I’m aiming”, says Nikolaz, “for complete solo freedom. We each contain a world within us, immense and waiting to be sung.”