What is it?
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.
Les Siestes Electroniques thus join the famous Musée du quai Branly to propose an Parisian carbon copy of the festival. Born of a reflection around the themes of the cultural diversity, the project proposes to musicians an exceptional access to the audio collection of the museum (dedicated to non-occidental cultures - more than 3000 cds of traditional music including Smithsonian archive, children songs from all over the world and plenty other incredibly amazing things). These musicians will thus be invited to sample a set of resources of an unsuspected wealth, and then to replay it during an ultimate public event which will be free and open-air. Coming from all over the world, the sense of freedom and creativity is there often utterly endearing, placing familiar western concepts in a whole other context to leave us floored at every turn.
What is 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 3,000 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a collection of analogical published documents and unpublished archives, in the process of being digitized: 200 LP records, EPs and 700 tapes as well as audio and video cassettes.
When is it?
Every Sunday afternoons from June, 26 to July, 17
How does that sound?
You will find below a small part of what has been done there, but a representative one:
2 approaches: one basically musical (the audio archives have been seen as a source of multiple "treasures"), one more geographically based (and the audio archives was thus a source of precise informations). For some musicians to have access to those archives was an opportunity to focus attention on specific groups, ethno-minorities and regions of the world. For others, we are more into a global journey through all the beauty of the world.
2 technics: while some play the tracks as much as they are on CD, others chop and edit them in order to create new ones.
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.
Plapla Pinky, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Hicham Chadly, Alan Bishop, Sam Tiba, Jean Nipon, Doug Shipton, Marc Teissier du Cros, NLF3 & Arandel.
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.