Lo Cor de la Plana September 28
Sunday September 28 @ 8:30 pm
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, http://lulalounge.ca
Tickets: $20 advance @ smallworldmusic.com & Soundscapes, 572 College St.
416-588-0307 for dinner reservations & guaranteed seating
Label: Nord Sud
Style: World Music
Date: le 28 septembre
Lieu: World Music Festival
Lo Còr de la Plana (pronounced "Loo cooar day la plana") is a male ensemble from the quarter of La Plaine in Marseille. Six singers accompanied by percussion instruments (bendirs and tamburello), "picaments" on their feet and "bataments" on their hands.
Founded in 2001, the formation has launched into the systematic re-invention of popular Occitan heritage. With unrivalled passion they sing all repertoires, from the most religious to the most unfettered, the repetitive to the occasional (quite often at the same time!). Lo Còr has this new, definitive desire to do away with "traditional" song, to cross swords with vocal music and polyphony, even if it means stirring up those who would like to see these music forms diying a death in chapels...
Our singers are everywhere: in churches, factories, bars, festivals or theatres, and do not hesitate to mix disconcerting paganism of old Occitan backgrounds with the preoccupations of Marseille musicians of today. They do not renounce any influence, from Bartok to Massilia Sound System, or any origin, from Oran to Arles, as their only ambition is to evoke and resonate in their music all that their city and the world around it has given them in terms of sounds. A police siren, a newborn baby, the remains of a paradise or a fantasyland, a drunken party, sheep, wolves... In short, the peaceful, heady passion of day-to-day life!...