Breizh on the Road…. Again!
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The « BREIZH AMERIKA COLLECTIVE » initiative brings together innovative musicians from Brittany, France and the United States of America to collaboratively work to create and produce original music, bring awareness to endangered traditions, while developing durable Transatlantic links of cooperation and understanding. Breizh-Amerika in Breton language means Brittany-America (UNESCO lists Breton language as severely endangered).
Thomas Moisson is indisputably one of the most talented accordeonists of his generation. His encounter with the distinctive voice and legendary charisma of Lors Landat has given rise to a unique duo on the avant garde of Breton music. Having given over 300 concerts in the last 7 years both in France (at the Lorient’s Festival Interceltique, the Bogue d’Or in Redon and the Yaouank in Rennes) and abroad (Spain, Romania and the Isle of Man), the pair have without a doubt become one of the most accomplished duos in contemporary Breton music.
They have just released a new album of live duo and quintet performances, with Julien Le Mentec at the double bass. The album was released in front of an audience of 8,000 at the Yaouank festival in Rennes.
For their US tour they will be accompanied on the trombone by Alex Asher, a major player on the New York jazz scene. The great trombonist received a Grammy Award with Beyoncé for the album « 4 », released in 2011. Alex Asher has worked with top hip hop artists such as Curren$y, Jean Grae, Mos Def , Devin the Dude. He has performed at the world’s greatest venues in France, Germany, the U.K., the Netherlands (at the North Sea Festival), Switzerland (at Montreux Jazz Festival) and at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
Alex and Thomas have already worked together. In 2012, they formed a band, Glaz Road, which is the fruit of the meeting of Breton music (with the Thomas Moisson Trio) and jazz (Antoine Drye and Alex Asher).
Alex’s vast experience and talent coupled with these three major figures in Breton music is sure to make for a unique and memorable musical collaborative project.