The cultural and historical ties between the Occitany region
and the Northeast Region of Brazil have been growing constantly
since the 13th century and are today the subject of the FORROCCITANIA
creation. The result of numerous encounters and collaborations
since 2003 both on stage and in the studio between the Nordestin
singer and great Forró specialist, Silvério
Pessoa and the group from the Occitan region, La Talvera.
This original creation, subsidised by the CNV and the Midi-Pyrénées
Region, was staged in October 2010 at Cap Découverte
and will be on tour in Europe for the first time between
1st July and 7th August 2011.
This creation reveals the huge musical wealth and festive nature
of these two cultures of resistance. The show places great emphasis
on traditional instruments (diatonic and chromatic accordions,
bagpipes, fife, viol and Nordestin percussion...), innovations
(while respecting tradition) and improvisation. In this context,
the union of these two styles is innovative and accomplished,
the birth of a new musicality rather than a juxtaposition of
styles (as is often the case in this type of enterprise).
This tour will coincide with the promotion of the “Collectiu” CD
(to be released in May 2011 by Outro Brasil / La Talvera – L’Autre
Distribution), in which Silvério Pessoa is joined by various
guest artists from Occitany: Massilia Sound System, Moussou T
e lei Jovents, Fabulous Trobadours, Bombes de Bal, Rita Macedo,
La Mal Coiffée etc...
The “Nordeste – Occitany” theme creates a particularly
interesting framework: historical and cultural relevance and
an “all-round” programme (the possibility of programming
three different concerts with the same group of artists, organising
screenings, programming a DJ set to round off the evening, and
holding conferences and/or educational projects to pave the way
for the event).