French Music Festival brings French music to NSW and VIC

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Milko Foucault-Larche is organising a French Music Festival, a concert tour of French music in New South Wales and Victoria. In this festival there are three shows, Paris After Dark, Pardon My French and Aznavour & Friends. We chatted to Milko about these concerts and the French Music Festival.

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Milko, you’re touring New South Wales and Victoria with a series of concert this may. Tell us a little about the French Music Festival.

The French Music Festival is a travelling festival with French performances that we take to various parts of New South Wales and Victoria.  In some cases we work with the Alliances Françaises.

 

You have three distinct shows within the French Music Festival: Paris After Dark, Pardon My French, Aznavour & Friends. Tell us about these shows.

Paris After Dark and Pardon My French are are variety shows. We present the great classics of French Song and we include a touch of operetta, musicals and opera.

 

Aznavour & Friends, is of course Charles Aznavour’s songs in the foreground but also songs that we borrow from Mr Aznavour’s friends.

Which singers and from which era are the songs in Paris After Dark?

Paris After Dark presents songs by Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Joséphine Baker, Dalida, Gilbert Becaud, Claude François, Michel Legrand.

 

Who is singing in the show Paris After Dark?

Milko Foucault – Larche and Corinne Andrew are the protagonists of Paris After Dark.

 

Pardon My French poster - French Music Festival

Which singers and from which period are the songs from the show Pardon My French?

Pardon My French presents songs quite similar to “Paris After Dark”. In this tour, there are also songs of Yves Montand, Enrico Macias, Luis Mariano but also international songs that are part of the French repertoire.

 

Who performs in the show Pardon My French?

Pardon My French is a one-man show with me, Milko Foucault–Larche.

You are a big fan of Aznavour – you have even released an album of his songs. What do you like about his music?

With Monsieur Aznavour, it’s first of all the absolutely remarkable lyrics. It’s a theatrical play in three minutes. And the most interesting thing is the fact that Charles Aznavour’s songs have extraordinary English translations or adaptations, because Monsieur Aznavour personally supervised these adaptations with very talented English-speaking lyricists.

 

What can people who attend the French Music Festival expect?

Most of the festival events are dinner and show events. So, evenings in a pleasant atmosphere and discovering for some, or re-discovering for others, songs that have made French music great.

 

How did you choose the artists and songs that are included in the festival shows?

Between Corinne Andrew and I, we have a pretty large French repertoire, and we do a lot of duet songs. And these are songs that we like and are very comfortable with.

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And this festival will continue into June?

Yes, we have a few other shows in June and of course, we will continue in July, which I’ll call “The French month”, with shows around Bastille Day.

 

Anything else to share with us?

During the Festival in June, I am also organising a French Music Concert – Classical & Jazz with Ukrainian pianist Alex Parkmen.  And I will be there as a guest.

 

The concert is called A PIANO THAT SINGS. Alex presents compositions by Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, Saint – Saëns and will accompany me in my programme of Charles Aznavour, Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, and Charles Trenet with a classical touch. A bit different from the usual!

We thank Milko Foucault-Larche for this interview.

 

KEY INFO FOR THE FRENCH MUSIC FESTIVAL

QUOI: French Music Festival, a travelling festival of concerts of French music

WHERE AND WHEN: In the places and on the dates stated below

HOW: Buy your ticket via the links provided below.

 

6 May – Paris After Dark, Bay View Golf Club – Mona vale [NSW]- By French a la carte

14 May – Pardon My French, Palais Hepburn – Daylesford [Victoria]

19 May– Pardon My French, Piano Bar Bendigo [Victoria]

20 May – Pardon My French, German Club Tivoli – Prahran [Victoria]

21 May – Aznavour & Friends, AGBU Centre – Scoresby [Victoria]

27 May – Paris After Dark, Avalon Restaurant – Katoomba [NSW]

28 May – Paris After Dark, Keystone 1889 – Bathurst [NSW]

29 May – Paris After Dark, Prince of Wales Opera House – Gulgong [NSW]

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French Music Festival

So Frenchy So Chic 2022 is happening and tickets are on sale today!

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Our favourite French festival returns to Melbourne and Sydney in February: So Frenchy So Chic 2022. The ultimate summer garden party with French music past and present is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of So Frenchy So Chic.

Leave the lockdowns behind, raise a glass of bubbly and dance the day away to the best of French music past and present — the So Frenchy So Chic dance floor is ready and waiting! 

 

Celebrate la liberté with plenty of fine food and wine, sunshine, live music, and great company at So Frenchy So Chic 2022 next February. 

 

WHO’S PLAYING AT SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022?

The line-up was announced and tickets went on sale this morning and we are excited!

 

Mick Harvey & the Intoxicated Men Present The Songs of Serge Gainsbourg  Prolific musician Mick Harvey is not only the co-founder and guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and PJ Harvey band member, but also a producer and soundtrack composer in his own right. 

Mick Harvey Intoxicated Man So Frenchy So Chic 2022

He’ll bring the songs of French icon Serge Gainsbourg to the SFSC stage, ably supported by J.P. Shilo, Dan Luscombe, Glenn Lewis, Hugo Cran, Xanthe Waite and a melodic string section.  READ OUR REVIEW OF THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG SHOW AT ADELAIDE FRINGE HERE

Féfé x Cookin’ on 3 Burners  The beloved French-Nigerian singer-rapper Féfé (read our interview with him from 2017 here) is set to steal a new generation of hearts at So Frenchy So Chic 2022, supported by Melbourne funk heroes Cookin’ on 3 Burners.   

Cooking on 3 burners - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Cooking on 3 burners website

 

Lili Alaska  Born in the French Alps, up-and-coming French-Australian singer, songwriter and producer Lili Alaska already has an EP and three singles to her name at the tender age of 17. She is set to charm the crowd as our opening act this year with her own unique sound, and is currently working on a first album with award winning producer Dean Tuza (The Rubens, Stella Donnelly, MOSSY).  

Lili Alaska - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Lili Alaska’s website

 

So Frenchy So Chic DJs  

Mike Gurrieri DJ
Image: Facebook: Mike Gurrieri

 

MELBOURNE: One of Melbourne’s finest DJs, Mike Guerreri, will spin everything from ‘60s jazz and chanson through to ‘70s disco and soul, ‘80s boogie, ‘90s hip-hop and house plus the latest dance floor-ready French tunes at Werribee Mansion. 

 

 

 

SYDNEY: Alchemy, aka DJ Frank Rodi, is back for a special SFSC performance in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park, playing the best party tunes including plenty of French touch classics. 

 

 

Jean-Francois Ponthieux Founder of So Frenchy So Chic
Image: SFSC website

 

BOTH CITIES: So Frenchy So Chic Festival Founder Jean-François Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks himself with a selection traversing the best of French funk, disco, pop and new wave.

 

The YÉ-YÉ 2.0 Project 

The YÉ-YÉ 2.0 project, conceived by Jean-François Ponthieux sees a diverse range of Australian female artists perform new interpretations of some of the most iconic music in French pop: the music of the Yé-Yé. 

 

Nadeah - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Nadeah’s Facebook page

What is Yé-Yé? 

Yé-Yé was not just a genre but a subculture in its own right which was extremely popular in the swinging 60s. It was famous for the sultry, nonchalant French twist it put on the rock ‘n’ roll sounds emerging from the UK and USA.

 

In a never-before-heard French-Australian collaboration, some of Australia’s finest artists including Montaigne, Ali Barter, Ainslie Wills, Tina Arena, Odette, Gretta Ray, Woode and Ngaiire have put their own spin on the Yé-Yé sound in a series of EPs produced by multi-ARIA nominated producer Alice Ivy and mixed by legendary sound engineer John Castle. 

 

Ali Barter - So Frenchy So Chic 2022
Image: Ali Barter’s Facebook Page

Released on the 12th of November, YÉ-YÉ 2.0 EP001 is now available on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming services.

 

Ali Barter and Nadeah, will perform these enchanting songs live at So Frenchy So Chic 2022. 

 

FOOD & WINE & CHAMPAGNE AT SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022!

So Frenchy So Chic 2022 will be a wholly catered and licensed event with food provided by some of Sydney and Melbourne’s best French eateries. 

Image: Rachel Yabsley

So Frenchy So Chic 2022 Melbourne: Food providers include Frédéric Bistro, the latest gem in the Reymond family crown, famous fromagerie Milk The Cow, Michelin restaurant-trained and much-loved Melbourne chef Romu, and Prahran’s favourite French restaurant L’Hôtel Gitan. 

 

So Frenchy So Chic 2022 Sydney:  Food is catered by Bellevue Cottage, headed up by Antoine Moscovitz, who trained under Alain Ducasse and was formerly private chef to House of Roederer Cristal Champagne. Expect haute cuisine in a relaxed setting, plus charcuterie hampers from Rosebery French eatery, Frenchies.

 

Gourmand Picnic hampers are available for pre-order in both locations. An ambiance de marché will be created by food stalls on site selling everything from oysters, lobster rolls, croque monsieur and pissaladière through to crème brûlée and crêpes.

Lanson Champagne

Champagne Lanson, one of the oldest Champagne Houses, will be poured alongside a curated selection of French wines and cocktails.

 

NEW TICKET OFFERING: PREMIĖRE PIQUE-NIQUE 

In addition to the usual general admission ticket, So Frenchy So Chic 2022 has a new offering: Premiėre Pique-Nique

 

Available in limited numbers for groups of 10, this new offering includes:

  • styled picnic décor for 10 guests (including any children over 12 months) with low-seated wooden tables, 
  • French-themed rugs and cushions, 
  • Market umbrella for shade and prime location
  • fresh flowers and table decorations 
  • 2 bottles of Lanson champagne 
  • 2 charcuterie hampers 
  • 2 cheese hampers 

 

KEY INFO FOR SO FRENCHY SO CHIC 2022

WHAT? So Frenchy So Chic 2022, the ultimate garden party with French music, French food, French wine and champagne

WHEN AND WHERE?

MELBOURNE: Sunday 13th of February 2022 11:15 AM – 08:30 PM,

Werribee Park Mansion

SYDNEY: Saturday 19th of February 2022 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM,

Bicentennial Park, Glebe

HOW?

Purchase your tickets via the So Frenchy So Chic 2022 website: https://www.sofrenchysochic.com/ 

HOW MUCH?

Ticket prices are as follows (exclusive of booking fee):

  • Single tickets $84 pp
  • Groups 6+ $80 pp
  • Premiere Pique-Nique groups 10+ $199pp

 

Have you been to So Frenchy So Chic before? Will you attend So Frenchy So Chic 2022?

 

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