Millau en Jazz launches its new “ambitious” season on Saturday

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As a prelude to the summer festival in July. Millau en Jazz is launching its 2022-2023 season. The kick-off is fixed for this Saturday, November 19, with a detailed presentation.

Now well anchored in the cultural agenda of the city, the next exercise of Millau en Jazz draws the contours of a season “ambitious”plural and diverse. “It’s kind of our credo”confirms the administrator of the association Philippe Fayret.

“Defend this musical aesthetic with a jazz program, world music, current and improvised music”between internationally renowned artists and up-and-coming young shoots. “We believe that emerging artists also deserve to have access to big stages, that they deserve to be broadcast on these kinds of events”, continues President Gérard Tanguy. Enthusiastic, the association strives to reach an ever wider audience with programming that is just as enthusiastic.

Ten concerts on the menu

First concert of the season scheduled for Saturday November 19, at 8:30 p.m., at the Théâtre de la maison du Peuple: “Streets”, by Étienne Manchon Trio, “a real nugget with an irresistible effect”notes the monthly Jazz News.

“Étienne is an artist spotted in the region who is starting to find his placevalidates Philippe Fayret. His subjects of inspiration? The streets and avenues that marked his life, his history” and which he strives to illustrate musically. As a prelude to the eponymous festival which takes place every year, the third week of July, in the garden of Sambucy, Millau en Jazz will multiply the appointments at destination “of an essentially southern Aveyron public”continues Philippe Fayret.

We will find Neue Grafik Ensemble on December 2, two winners of the Victoires du Jazz 2022, Marion Rampal on January 20, and Sophie Alour on February 10, Nils Petter on April 14… and many other big names of the genre.

Careful programming, worthy of the best. “The artists that we will find here, in Millau, we find them on the big stages, the big French and European festivals”rejoice the organizers.

Audience renewal

Attended by 2,500 people last season, Millau en Jazz hopes to do just as well this year by continuing – as for thirty years – to move the lines. “Today, the question of audience renewal is recurrent in the world of music (and jazz in particular) but it also affects theatre, dancedevelops Philippe Fayret. Whether you are a broadcaster or a programmer, you wonder how to seduce an audience that is not or no longer used to attending this kind of show, especially after the Covid period?

A question that Millau en Jazz is trying to answer with a “current” program mixed with hip-hop sounds, world music, house… To meet this new challenge, the organizers are also spreading out over the territory with the Getaways and multiplying the interactions. with young audiences via preferential rates, the culture pass, internships or school workshops with artists.

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