Paris’ Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two of his left-hand fingers in a fire. Despite doctors saying he would never play guitar again, the paralysis of his two fingers instead led to his invention of Gypsy Jazz (or Jazz Manouche as it’s known in France), a new jazz style incorporating three-finger chord structures and smooth, rippling melodies. It was then handed down through the generations of Manouche gypsies via oral methods, as most of whom, Django included, could not read music. Continue reading “Paris’ Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene”

Bi-Weekly Play Readings in Paris

Stephanie Campion © B. Cruvellier


The man in the hot seat the other night in the basement of Carr’s Irish pub was American playwright Roy Lisker. Seated on a stool in a vaulted, tubular chamber beneath the bar, Lisker faced an audience of 35 or so amateur theater critics who had just heard a reading of his latest work, The MIT Information Room, by a cast of professional actors. Continue reading “Bi-Weekly Play Readings in Paris”

Dear Conjunction Theatre Company

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Les Clack

Dear Conjunction Theatre Company has been bringing Parisian audiences the best in bilingual theater since 1991. During that time they have produced over 30 plays from Harold Pinter to Mike Leigh to Yasmina Reza.

“Bilingual theater is not easy,”  says Les Clack .” We tried alternating performances with three nights of a play in English and then three in French. For that one needs to find just the right actors and play… We are now focusing on English language plays that sometimes  include some French such as “More lives than just one.” where I do a segment from “Salomé, which was Oscar Wilde’s only play in French.” Continue reading “Dear Conjunction Theatre Company”

Irina Brook’s “Temptête!” Lite

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“Tempête!” © Patrick Lazic

Shakespeare imagined many famous families but the odd foursome bound to its lonely island in “The Tempest” is not one of them. Between Ariel and Caliban, Miranda and Prospero, there are no few barriers to love or even friendship, beginning with the master-slave dynamic which colors their relations and which has come to define them in readings of the text over the last 50 years.  Continue reading “Irina Brook’s “Temptête!” Lite”

Hart Music in Paris

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Mick Hart © Ruby Boukabou

Australian singer/songwriter Mick Hart has been touring the world for the last decade supporting the likes of Jimmy Barnes, Bob Dylan, Sting, and Coldplay, to name a few. He bases himself between Australia and France. Hart will be performing in Paris June 25th at La Dame de Canton. He talks to Ruby Boukabou about his recent album, his  new French record label and why he loves the French fans. Continue reading “Hart Music in Paris”

Toe-Tapping Jazz in Motion

Sarah and Leela Petronio, DR

Legendary tap dancer Sarah Petronio is joined by her daughter Leela for a special evening of dance at The New Morning (Oct. 8th). Discussing the upcoming show over a panache in the 19th arrondissement  Leela said “It’s taken on a little bit more of a theatrical aspect recently; we do it sometimes in real theaters and include text and images… with places like The New Morning, it stays in the jazz club ambiance.” Continue reading “Toe-Tapping Jazz in Motion”

Marcel Marceau Remembered

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Marcel Marceau DR

The world famous French mime Marcel Marceau died Saturday at the age of 84.  In homage to “Mr Mime” we rerun an interview he gave to Molly Grogan  and Parisvoice in 1997…

Last year, Marcel Marceau celebrated the 50th anniversary of his internationally known and loved character Bip and  this year marks the 20th anniversary of his school, the Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame. On the occasion of these milestones, in an interview with The Voice, Marceau had much to say  in fluent English  on topics ranging from his training and early years as a mime to  the influence of Charlie Chaplin on his work and his 300-performance-a-year schedule (never mind that he is 75 years old), both solo and with his Nouvelle Compagnie de Mime Marcel Marceau. Continue reading “Marcel Marceau Remembered”