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Le Printemps de l’Aspre Festival


12th May - 16th June

Le Printemps de l’Aspres Music Festival

Discover the new programme for the 2018 festival, with 10 original musical performances, hosted by our partners in the most beautiful venues across the Aspre valley.

Accompanied by local wine growers and regional producers, the Printemps de l’Aspre 2018 is a unique musical adventure that takes you from Europe, to the Balkans, North, Central and South America and Africa.

Take part in exceptional artistic encounters with up-and-coming performers as well as established favourites in duet, trio, quartet and quintet formations.

Jazz, gypsy, swing, folk, Latin and much more besides, Printemps de l’Aspre is bursting with surprises so book your places now!

♥ Six evening concerts «musique et vins» starting at 9pm and 3 late afternoon concerts «caves en musique» starting at 6pm and 1 performance in the mythical acoustics of the church in Oms

♥ Wine tasting and sampling of local produce

♥ Concerts  take place in local wine domains and small village churches, making them a brilliant way to explore and enjoy the Aspres

You are sure to encounter new musicians, all very different, all carefully chosen by Odile and Yves for their skill and dedication to their art. Some are famous, some less so but all pour their heart and soul into the music. This truly is a fabulous event!

Sarah Lenka Quartet at Mas Deu, Trouillas

Saturday 5th May

Wow! What a night! Despite the festival running for 15 consecutive years (in itself, testament to the quality of the event!), this was my first chance to go to one of their concerts. It certainly won’t be my last – in fact, we’re booked in for Tuesday 8th, Saturday 12th and Saturday 2nd June!!

Château Mas Deu in Trouillas, run by Catalan thoroughbred, Claude OLIVIER, has been a festival patron from the very beginning and certainly knew how to put on a show. The cellar was packed out to capacity, with almost 200 eager music and wine fans buzzing in anticipation.

A brief but warm welcome from festival organiser, Yves, brought us to attention before the musicians took to the stage. The Sarah Lenka Quartet consists of 4 incredibly talented musicians (trumpet, double bass, guitar and banjo) and the exceptional, sultry voice of Sarah Lenka.

Paying homage to the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, the repertoire was a heady mix of revolution, feminism, vulnerability and humour, all brought together with the extreme likability of the performers themselves.

Despite the slight chill in the air (remember wine cellars are not originally designed for human assemblies!), we were transported to the hot and sticky Mississippi nights, where African Americans could, for a short time, leave their hard lives of struggle and persecution at the door and come together and enjoy the transcendent power of music.

During the interval, Claude Olivier and his passionate team, guided the audience through a selection of reds, whites, rosés and Muscats; all of which were organic, with cheese and saussisson in accompaniment.

All in all, this was a really enjoyable event. OK, great music and great wine always make for a successful evening but the live concert and wine tasting combination was a delightful twist on the usual set up. I thoroughly recommend you try it!

Bazaar Boutique at Château Lauriga, Thuir

Tuesday 8th May

You’re going to think I’m on commission but actually I’m just so excited at the fact we have such a unique and exciting festival in the P-O!

Thinking Sarah Lenka had set the bar high, I was blown away by the Bazaar Boutique last night. A veritable musical journey transported us from the beaches of Nicaragua, to the mythical Easter Islands, to the tropical shores of Reunion Island and beyond.

Cellist, Eugénie Ursch, had me spellbound from start to finish; her intensity, her skill, her mischievous smile as she seamlessly hit those impossibly rich harmonics… just breathtaking! There was an evident complicity between the musicians on stage and they effectively conveyed their passion for their art, radiating warmth and fun across the intimate setting.

From traditional Mongolian chanting to the audience creating an accompanying sound of cicadas , this was exactly, and yet so much more than, what the group’s name suggests.

I certainly can’t claim to be a wine expert but the dry white Muscat was a delight on a hot afternoon and I shall certainly be going back to do a more thorough tasting with somebody else as designated driver!

TARIFS

Musique et vins
Single entry16€
Pass 3 concerts43€
Pass 6 concerts75€
Caves en music*
Single entry13€

*Includes the concert at the church in Oms

Programme

Saturday 28th April, 9pm
Clos Saint Georges, TROUILLAS
Festival Inauguration (concert musique et vin)
The Rodinka Trio perform songs from the East before Diana Baroni et Valérie Chane Tef sing South American love songs and boleros.


Tuesday 1st May, 6pm
Château de Saü, THUIR
Caves en musique
The Cuarteto Chafi combine Argentinian vocals with Greek bouzoki, Spanish guitar and Afro-Latino percussion.


Saturday 5th May, 9pm
Château Mas Deu, TROUILLAS
Concert musique et vin
Sarah Lenka and her jazz band pay homage to Bessie Smith.


Tuesday 8th May, 6pm
Domaine de Lauriga, THUIR
Caves en musique
Bazaar Boutique perform original compositions inspired by their travels through Africa and Central America.


Saturday 12th May, 9pm
Salles des Fêtes, TROUILLAS
Concert musique et vin
Festival regulars, les Doigts de l’Homme, are back again with their fabulous gypsy swing.


Saturday 19th May, 9pm
Foyer Rural, FOURQUES
Concert musique et vin
Norig and the No Gypsy Orchestra, authentic to their nomadic roots, seamlessly blend inspirations from around the world.


Monday 21st, 6.30pm
Caves Byrrh, THUIR
Caves en musique
Aksak is a fusion of 5 talented musicians and singers bringing the traditions of the East into a unique, contemporary collaboration.


Saturday 26th May, 9pm
Monastir del Camp, PASSA
Concert musique et vin
The four female singers of Sanacore perform Italian vocal compositions full of Mediterranean charm.


Sunday 27th May, 5pm
Eglise, OMS
Las Famatinas bring their Argentinian passion and flare to the church in Oms.


Saturday 2nd June, 9pm
Château Planères, ST JEAN LASSEILLE
Concert musique et vin
The Fabien Mary Quartet perform New York inspired be-bop to get your head bobbing and your feet tapping.

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Details

Start:
12th May
End:
16th June
Event Category:

Venue

Villages of Les Aspres