Performing in the US for the first time this fall, Compagnie Guillaume Lopez offered a unique repertoire of traditional Occitan music as part of the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Atlanta and Toulouse Deeply rooted in a rich musical heritage, these four talented musicians performed a repertoire of traditional and folk music in an evening of unforgettable and timeless music from the South of France.
Guillaume Lopez: Vocals, flute, bagpipe
Cyrille Brotto: Accordion
Morgan Astruc: Guitare
Simon Portefaix: Battery, percussions
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm.
Alliance Française of Atlanta
(Colony Square – 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361)
ABOUT GUILLAUME LOPEZ
Guillaume Lopez started playing music at the age of 8 when he took up the saxophone and learned classical music, before moving on to traditional folk music. Today he has earned a reputation for his mastery of wind instruments (fife, flute and bagpipe) and his soulful singing. Thanks to a meaningful encounter with French writer of Occitan origin Alem Surre-Garcia in 2001, Guillaume Lopez developed his very own musical style, a unique world of traditional and improvised sounds without borders, at the confluence of sounds from Spain, Catalonia, Occitania, and the Maghreb. A skilled musician whose goal is to pass on the memory of his ancestors and go beyond established boundaries, Lopez infuses his sensitivity to traditional music into his compositions. In constant search of musical encounters and ways to share with other artists, Lopez is a firm believer in establishing new collaborations and breaking away from comfort to venture into the unknown. The result is a skillful and elaborate mix between local traditions and melodies with a universal appeal.
To hear some of Compagnie Lopez’ latest creations, check out:
MEDIN’AQUI – A musical journey from Toulouse to Tlemcen, with traditional influences, jazz and contemporary music (Listen here).
RECUERDOS – La Retirada et l’Exil – A musical show based on the story of Francesc Vidal of life, his grandfather (Listen here).
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