On 22, 23, 24 July and 4, 5, 6 August, classical, jazz and world music will be on the agenda near the monastery.
Since 1983 and the musical hours, the festival organized at the foot of the monastery Conques continues to shine. After becoming “Musical Encounters”, this festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, mixing class and travel.
this Friday, July 22, Noëmi Waysfeld with “Soul of Yiddish” will echo from her unique sound, where the slightest playfulness sends back an intense and fragile feeling at the same time. This by mixing both his classical musical training and his Eastern European origins.
Saturday 23 July at 19, Songs of Exile by Ensemble Nagash will reverberate with music
resolutely modern, based on the poems of the medieval writer and priest Mkrtich Naghash. Three classical singers, accompanied on duduk, oud, dhol and piano by the best
instrumentalists from Armenia, will unite the spirituality of Armenian people with a post-minimalism
contemporary and unleashed jazz energy.
Sunday, July 24, at 7 p.m., The Mad Lover, with the duo Thomas Dunford & THéotime Langlois de Swarte. A violin and a lute: two artists often brought together on the baroque musical stage, in this combination have rejected the secret of a precious alloy, drawn from the source of English melancholy in the 17th century. Théotime Langlois de Swarte is the first baroque violinist to be nominated for the Victoires de la Musique Classique in the category “Instrumental solo revelation” (2020).
Thursday 4 August at 19.00 place for Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Tromanoen. Violin, accordion and double bass for a magical, poetic concert, full of humor and imagination … a party! A musical celebration first, with prestigious guests, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky. You will encounter characters that are as surprising as they are tasty, such as Maelzel, the inventor of the metronome, but also old movie acquaintances (Cinema Paradiso, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas and… by Walt Disney). With Yorrick Troman Violin.
Thursday 4 August at 21.00 a delicious nod to the program with the former star chef Jean-Luc Fau as Apprentice saucier. The meal will be served at
Friday, August 5 at 7 pm Loco Cello with François Salque, Samuel Strouk, Jérémie Arranger and Pierre Perchaud. Le violoncelle en folie by François Salque sheds new light on jazz, classical, tango and traditional music from Central Europe. Fascinated by the freedom and taste of sound from this unprecedented formation with Samuel Strouk and Pierre Perchaud on guitars and Jérémie Arranger on double bass, the musicians constantly push the boundaries of the imposed routes, inventing a path similar to them and transforming each of their encounters in a unique and jubilant moment!
On Friday 5 August at 21:30, Jean-François Zygel will set music for Conques. Between virtuosity and imagination, during this recital the famous pianist-composer will share with you an unusual and festive sensory experience, a poetic journey nourished by his own feelings and his encounter with the listeners of this unique concert.
Saturday 6 August at 8.30 pm in the Loc-Dieu de Martiel monastery, Voice of Russia and Ukraine. One of the most prestigious Russian choirs teams up with bass singer Volodymyr Gomba, originally from Crimea, and a Ukrainian soloist to perform Orthodox songs and traditional songs from Ukraine and Russia.
Prices: Concerts, Full price: €20, Reduced price*: €15. With the exception of: The Mad Lover on July 24 (€15 / €10 *), Jean-François Zygel sets Conques to music (€25 / €20 *). Three-concert discount: I attend three or more concerts, the reduced price* automatically applies. The concerts are free for those under 18. Pass August 5: by attending the two Loco concerts
Cello and Jean-François Zygel set Conques to music: Full price €40 | Reduced price * €30
* Reduced rate: ADECC member, student, job seeker, person with disabilities
Jean-Luc Fau’s dinner: single price €45.
Information on the internet: www.conques.festik.net or by phone: 05 65 71 24 00.