October 31, 2013 § Leave a comment
Leaving tonight for my last concert of the year and my first time in Cork, Ireland! The concert is on Saturday 2nd November at Triskel Christchurch, all details here.
On that occasion I answered some questions from Irish webzine We are noise, read the interview here.
I had a lovely time playing four shows in France a couple of weeks ago, and here’s a very detailed review (in French) of the show in Rennes with some nice photos, and as detailed live reviews are a rare thing I thought I’d share it with you!
Merci à toutes celles et tous ceux qui se sont déplacés pour ces concerts ! :-) Et honte à moi et toutes mes excuses pour m’être trompée sur la date du concert de Poitiers, qui était le 12 octobre et non pas le 14 comme indiqué sur mon site… J’espère que personne ne s’est retrouvé devant des portes fermées !
Finally, for those of you who missed my interview on the Soundwave show, you can listen to it online here.
September 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
Back in the US next year
I thought I would perhaps never have the pleasure of writing this news here, but I’m finally going to play in the US again! I’m overjoyed with the news, as over the past year I’ve received many messages from some of you based in the US asking me when I would come to perform again (indeed, incredibly enough considering the lack of press coverage for my music in the States, my blog’s statistics show that the biggest number of visitors are from the US – so thanks for your support! :-)))
Whenever I got these messages, I thought the answer was “Never”, since I was convinced that I needed a performer’s work visa to come and play in the States legally. When I had to get one of these in 2007, to say that it was a stressful experience is an understatement (on top of being an expensive, complicated and lengthy procedure), so the mere idea of having to go through this again, especially now that I live so far from the French US embassy, was enough to make me think playing live in the States was not an option. If you want to have an idea of the extent of the problem, check out this Washington Post article from 2007.
However, incredibly enough (I still have to pinch myself to believe it), there is now a Visa Waiver Program which also applies for musicians, so if all goes well (fingers crossed), I will reach American shores in June of next year, for at least one concert (but hopefully more, and on both coasts!) in San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum on 12 June 2014 – more info here.
Free remix download on Dublab
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by John Cavanagh (half of the Electroscope duo, who among other things helped me tremendously by giving me access to his collection of music boxes and recording them for the Colleen et les boîtes à musique EP back in 2006) and selecting a couple of songs for his Soundwave show on Radio 6 International: you can listen to it today (Monday 30th September) at 19:00 GMT here (to calculate what time this means for your country of residence, go here).
Catania concert last week
Last but not least, I’ve just come back from Sicily, where I played one of my favourite concerts ever, in what I would surely rank as one of the top 3 or 4 most beautiful places where I’ve had the chance to play, Palazzo Biscarri in Catania. I’m usually not a fan of over-the-top 18th century architecture, but to walk through the palazzo, to be able to admire the candle-lit entrance at night, and to actually get to play in the grand salon was an extraordinary experience (not to mention the incredible acoustics – the room was apparently constructed according to specific calculations to enhance the sound). Thank you so much Jacopo Leone of Efestiade/Etcetera for organizing this event so wonderfully and in such a generous spirit ! :-)))
September 23, 2013 § 3 Comments
I’m very happy and excited to announce the release of Solar/Stellar (Colleen remixed), a digital EP on Second Language http://secondlanguagemusic.com featuring remixes of three songs from my last album The Weighing of the Heart. I’m usually not a fan of remixing as a concept and as a practice, as I rarely find remixes to be superior or equal to the originals (I do love the concepts of version and dub in the Jamaican style though, something much more inventive in my opinion – but I digress). However I just had to change my mind when I heard the remixes of “Breaking Up the Earth” by the Home Current and “Moonlit Sky” and “Ursa Major Find” by Comma Period http://comma-period.tumblr.com/
“Breaking Up the Earth” was the track I worked on last while making the album, and bears the mark of what I plan to develop further on my next album: a much more rhythmical, dub-influenced approach. From the start I thought it almost begged to be remixed, and indeed the Home Current took that seed and transplanted it into inventive – dare I say the word? :-) – dancefloor territory. As for “Moonlit Sky” and “Ursa Major Find”, the vocal-heavy remixes of Comma Period sound to me like a far-out encounter between early Steve Reich and a sort of stuttering My Bloody Valentine. I do hope you’ll like them as much as I do!
Visual artist Sougwen Chung http://sougwen.com has made a truly incredible video for the “Moonlit Sky” remix.
And the wonderful artwork is once again courtesy of Iker Spozio http://ikerspozio.net
You can buy the EP from most digital retailers, including
Boomkat : http://boomkat.com/downloads/797933-colleen-solar-stellar
Amazon : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Solar-Stellar-Colleen-Remixed/dp/B00EP3JXBA
Apologies in advance if some of the links don’t work, I’m writing this post away from home on a tablet using an android app for the first time and well…it’s not easy! :-)
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Back into action after a much-needed break this summer!
I very rarely participate in compilations but decided to make an exception for “music and migration iii”, the third and final instalment in a trilogy released by second language, the label that released my last album. The project was launched in partnership with birdlife international who are celebrating their 20th birthday, and the compilation’s aim is to highlight the problems (usually due to man’s actions) encountered by migrating birds. Find out about the compilation here and about birdlife international here.
I’m going back to playing live in a couple of weeks, first in sicily on 20 september, then for 4 shows in france in october and a show in cork, ireland, on 2 november. As usual you can find all the details in the future shows section (be careful with show times for the poitiers and rennes concerts as they are a bit unusual / attention aux horaires des concerts à poitiers et rennes, assez inhabituels).
If you’re wondering what my concerts sound and look like these days, you can see a video of my show from 13 june 2013 in paris at the collège des bernardins. Thank you benoit!
Here’s a short version (also available on youtube here)…
… and a longer one
More news of a discographical nature soon! :-)
July 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
It was my pleasure to talk to Martin Holm of Second Language, the label that released The Weighing of the Heart in May, as part of the Second Language podcast series. The interview took place two days after the Crystal Palace and Cafe Oto shows, and the day before I had been treated to an incredible visit of London’s hidden gem of a bird and wildlife paradise, Rainham Marshes, where Martin works (you’ll hear more about our feathered friends soon…), so I was still feeling a bit groggy, but it was great to talk about African influences, my search for rhythm, singing, general inspiration, production and a possible dub future ;-)
Listen to the podcast here.
June 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve had the great pleasure of doing a short mix for tom ravenscroft’s programme on BBC radio 6 music, and you can listen to it here (it starts with Prince Douglas and ends with Moondog) until friday 21st june. It should be my last mix for a while, so i hope you’ll enjoy it !
Dublab mix with Iker Spozio + Mondosonoro spanish interview + French radio interview + last gigs of the tour
June 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve had the great pleasure to prepare a mix for Dublab in tandem with Iker Spozio, who not only has created the artwork for all my music since 2004 but has also shared an enormous amount of incredible music with me over the years. You can listen to our mix here. We hope you will like the music in there as much as we do!
I was interviewed in Spanish for Mondosonoro, so far it’s the only interview in Spanish available, read it here.
Following the Colleen special a couple of weeks ago, French radio programme Bouche cousue has broadcast the interview we did in early May, there were a couple of sound issues but the interview is definitely a good one, and you can listen to it here.
Last but not least, thanks to all of you who came to the Dublin, Glasgow and London gigs, I had a wonderful time and I hope you did too!