Concept

We’ve decided to end our music series at Musée du quai Branly.
From 2011 to 2017, Les Siestes Electroniques had offered up to 60 artists a unique access to the ethnomusicological collections of the museum.

What is was?

Over the past years Les Siestes Electronique has been on a relentless mission to unearth largely unheard gems from across the musical spectrum. Expertly curated, Les Siestes Electroniques methodically sunk their teeth into disparate cultural and historical strands.
In 2011, Les Siestes Electroniques joined the famous Musée du quai Branly to propose a Parisian carbon copy of the festival. Born of a reflection around the themes of the cultural diversity, the project proposed to musicians an exceptional access to the audio collection of the museum (dedicated to non-occidental cultures - more than 5000 cds of traditional music including Smithsonian archive, children songs from all over the world and plenty other incredibly amazing things). These musicians was thus invited to sample a set of resources of an unsuspected wealth and then to replay it during an ultimate public event which was free and open-air.

What was it looking like?

What is Le Musée du quai Branly?

Inaugurated in June 2006, the Musée du quai Branly shines a spotlight on the arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, which stand at the crossroads of many different cultural, religious and historic influences. “Where cultures meet in dialogue” is thus the motto of the institution. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the Musée du quai Branly displays a permanent world heritage collection of 3,500 artifacts spread over 5,000 square meters.

The discographic collection of the Musée du Quai Branly mediatheque includes music recordings in the oral tradition as well as spoken sound documents – stories, poems, speeches – from on-site recordings, concerts or institutional archives. This collection favours digital media for the conservation and consultation of documents. It includes:
- more than 5000 CDs and 200 DVDs acquired commercially;
- a collection of analogical published documents and unpublished archives, in the process of being digitized: 200 LP records, EPs and 700 tapes as well as audio and video cassettes.

How did that sound?

2017 Line-up: Sourdure, Piu Piu, N.M.O., Danny L Harle, Carl Stone, Radio Minus, Manu le Malin, Jean Rouch

2016 Line-up: Vacarme, Kartell, La Souterraine, Gaika, Isaac Delusion, Mr. Mitch, L’Ocelle Mare, Voiski

2015 Line-up: Aisha Devi, Eric Chenaux, Stephen O’Malley, Jéricho, Aymeric de Tapol, Animalsons, Ed Wreck, Para One, Zaltan, Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains

2014 Line-up: Giai Dieu #57 X, Joakim, Kindness, Bambounou, Heatsick, Frédéric Sanchez, Ron Morelli, Les cris de Paris & Frank Fairfield.

2013 Line-up: Vincent Moon, Kangding Ray, Sinner DC, Pierre Bastien, Sylvain Chaveau, Lowjack, Dj Arc de Triomphe & Gangpol.

2012 Line-up:

Plapla Pinky, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Hicham Chadly, Alan Bishop, Sam Tiba, Jean Nipon, Doug Shipton, Marc Teissier du Cros, NLF3 & Arandel.

2011 Line-up:

Débruit , Secouse Sound System : Etienne Tron and guests (Mo Laudi & Mo Dj), Bimbo Tower Sound System, The Berg Sans Nipple, Romain BNO, Laurent Jeanneau, Pilooski & Awesome Tapes from Africa.