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5 May 2020
Symphonic Broadway, C'est si bon & C'est magnifique !
I am often asked for information concerning the programs that I have had the joy of creating for orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and the Pau Pays de Béarn Orchestra.
These programs are halfway between classical music, song and jazz, and I have had the pleasure of performing them in concert halls as prestigious and diverse as Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Liège Philharmonic Hall but also Pau’ Zénith, Avignon’s Opera Confluences as well as Montpellier’s Domaine d’Ô for the Radio France Occitanie Montpellier’s Festival, with amazing conductors such as Fayçal Karoui, Benjamin Levy or Samuel Jean.
I was very fortunate to work with arrangers Cyrille Lehn, Bruno Fontaine, Sebastiaan Koolhoven, Lucas Henri or Matthieu Michard but also to write and design these programs along side Frederik Steenbrink.
So, below, for the curious, here is a short presentation and some technical information. Hope to see you again soon!
A return to the origins of Broadway, between jazz, musical comedy and symphonic score with some of the greatest musical arias by George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen … Singin ‘in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Irma la gentle, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, … As well as a beautiful tap dance tribute to Gregory Hines.
Repertoire: 42nd Street, Lullaby of Broadway, I Could Have Danced All Night, Medley Mary Poppins, Medley Cole Porter, Le Jazz Hot, Ol ‘Man River, Medley Porgy’ n Bess, Send in the Clowns, Mambo Symphonic Dance, Medley West Side Story, My Favorite Things, Another Hundred People, Singin ‘in the Rain, Medley Irma la douce, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, Rhythm is my Business, Over the Rainbow, Use What You’ve Got, I Wish I Were In Love Again, Medley On The Town, I Got Rhythm.
Technical information: Original nomenclature: 10-8-6-6-4 / 2-2-2-2 / 4-3-3-0 / 1 tmb / 1 perc / 1 hp. Reduced staff: 8-6-4-4-2 / 2-2-2-2 / 2-2-2-0 / 1 tmb / 1 perc / 1 hp. Jazz quartet: Guillaume Naud, Gilles Barikosky, Jérôme Sarfati, David Grebil. Arrangements: Cyrille Lehn. Duration of the program: 1h10 to 2h00
Revisiting the heritage of French songs and rediscovering some re orchestrated masterpieces such as L’aigle noir, What Now My Love, Next, Fais-moi mal Johnny but also more contemporary creations like Formidable by Stromae. Highlighting the intimate links of a song with classical music, as Jacques Brel and Gérard Jouannest did, drawing inspiration from the Andante part of the Hungarian Rhapsody N ° 6 by Franz Liszt to compose If You Go Away…
Repertoire: C’est si bon, Quand tu dors, Le cinéma, Mon homme, Douce France, À Paris, La complainte de la butte, Le poinçonneur des Lilas, Un jour tu verras, Et maintenant, Thème du Concerto des Demoiselles de Rochefort, Fais-moi mal Johnny, La belle vie, La complainte du progrès, Ma plus belle histoire, Au suivant, Amsterdam, La vie en rose, La javanaise, Stromae Orchestra (Formidable/Alors on danse), Quelque chose de Tennessee, Qu’est-ce qu’on attend pour être heureux, L’aigle noir.
Technical information: Piano: Jeff Cohen. Accordion: Roland Romanelli. Original nomenclature: 12-10-8-6-4 / 2-2-2-2 / 4-2-3-0 / 1 hp / 1 tmb / 1 perc. Reduced staff: 8-7-6-5-3 / 2-2-2-2 / 2-2-2-0 / 1 hp / 1 tmb / 1 perc. Special instruments (2): Drums (Samuel Domergue), Double bass (Jérôme Sarfati). Arrangements: Cyrille Lehn, Lucas Henri, Sebastiaan Koolhoven. Duration of the program: 1h10 to 1h40
A quest for happiness through composers, authors and performers who have accompanied us since childhood like Michel Legrand, recently nicknamed by Le Figaro, melodist of happiness, Charles Trenet, who advocated a philosophy of joy that has become an art of living in all circumstances, Charles Aznavour who declared before leaving for his long journey: “It is my happiness to go on tour around the world! ” Without forgetting Barbara who thought that brightening up a life made it possible to stay at the source of universal songs or Piaf who proclaimed: “Ten minutes of happiness a day is already not bad”
Repertoire: Ton nom, C’est magnifique, Les amoureux des bancs publics, La mer, À bicyclette, L’homme à la moto, Padam Padam, Göttingen, Duo des parapluies de Cherbourg, L’Été 42, J’suis snob, Je bois, Paroles paroles, Comme d’habitude, La valse à mille temps, La bohème, Comme ils disent, Déshabillez-moi, Marieke, Que reste-t-il de nos amours, La foule, Le tourbillon de la vie, La vie qui va, Foule sentimentale
Technical information: Piano: Jeff Cohen. Accordion: Roland Romanelli. Original nomenclature: 12-10-8-6-4 / 2-2-2-2 / 4-2-3-1 / 1 tmb / 2 perc / 1 hp. Instruments spéciaux (2): Drums (Samuel Domergue), Double bass (Jérôme Sarfati). Arrangements: Bruno Fontaine, Lucas Henri, Sebastiaan Koolhoven, Cyrille Lehn, Matthieu Michard. Durée du programme: 1h10 à 1h55