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Concert : Violons Tziganes

Concert : Violons Tziganes


This event is organized by AFDC (Alliance Française de Washinton DC).
Young French musicians, members of the band "Violons Tziganes de Cannes", will perform an international Gypsy repertoire.


All you need to know...

WHAT: Concert : Violons Tziganes

WHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: GA: $10 - AFDC Member: $5

RESERVATION: Online registration required. Eventbrite

ADD. INFOS: Valid ID required, no parking inside the embassy. No large bags, helmets and suitcase.

The group "Les violons tziganes de Cannes" is a non-profit created in 1989 under the impetus of M. Jean-Jacques Calvi, a teacher at the local conservatory, and with the sponsorship of the Provence Symphonic Orchestra’s chief conductor. Since the creation, the group has traveled around the world to promote Eastern European gypsy music (known in French as musique tzigane), including Budapest, Hungary; Rajasthan (the birthplace of this music) and New Delhi, India; Quebec and Ontario, Canada. For the first time ever, the group is coming to the United States for a series of concerts in the DMV area.

Q&A session with the artists will follow the performance.


Jean Jacques Calvi, a father and a grandfather, continues to lead the group and contributes by playing the guitar, singing and setting the tempo. Jean Jacques grew-up on the French Riviera and received an extensive musical education in guitar, trumpet, and cornet. He worked as a trumpet player in the Provence Symphony Orchestra and in parallel taught at the Conservatory of Music of Cannes. In the late 80’s, he joined the S.A.C.E.M. as a composer and a music arranger. Ensemble ‘Les Violons tziganes de Cannes’ is a result of his passion for gypsy music and a strong dedication to share it with others.


The ensemble is composed of about 15 musicians who play such musical instruments as violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, guitar, flute, and voice. Aged 13 and above, most of them received their musical education from the Conservatory of Music of Cannes and hold top-level prizes. They participated in masterclasses with re-known artists and contributed to the success of the Sympho project, a symphonic orchestra composed only of amateur highly skilled musicians and sponsored by the Provence Symphony orchestra. While some of them still study in a high school and college, others pursue simultaneously a professional career in different fields.

The ticket price will enable Alliance Française of Washington DC to make a donation to Violong Tziganes de Cannes, once expenses are covered. If you wish to make a larger donation, you can do it through Eventbrite as well.

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