XX° édition du cycle de concerts des "Chants Sacrés en Méditerranée"
(04) le 30/07/11
Polyphonies (airs sang with two or more independent melodic voices), it seems, help create strong bounds between groups of good friends. Marombrina demonstrates this in an obvious way, sealing the friendship of four young women around Occitan singing. Pure and clear, devoid of any ostentation, their CD without being monotonous in the least, has a few gems to offer. A great deal of meticulous research was carried out into various repertoires; some strikingly beautiful songs from the 19th century compilations put together by Damase Arbaud are to be found here, along with a couple of songs from Nice and Piedmont, some songs from the Vésubie Valley, some Christmas Carols from Provence, some more recent creations and even a few reinterpretations originating from the collection of the Sound Atlas of the CMTRA (Centre for Traditional Music in the Rhône-Alpes region)! Lyrics and translation (into French), in the enclosed booklet.
‘Bravo' from ‘Trad Mag'
Things are happening in the South-East of France! After the excellent album of Occitan polyphonies by La mal coiffée (see TM 117), here comes another gem, quite different from the previous one, but just as superb. This female quartet, made up of Danielle Franzin, Patricia Jouve, Danièle Collombon and Sylvie Aligro performs over a dozen polyphonic pieces brilliantly, in clear, rich tones. Inside the album, one will find a few nicely reinterpreted classics such as ‘Fanfarneta' (la Pernette), ‘Lo carbonier', or ‘Lo long de la ribiera' and other songs from the Damase Arbaud collection, as well as several quite sophisticated polyphonies, two of which are written by S. Aligro. A wonderful first CD, both generous and colourful; let's wish them a long career and many more albums...
Interviewed on April 7th 2008 by the radio station ‘Here and Now'
many as half of the world's 6,5000 languages are at risk of becoming extinct.
But in southern France a singing group is trying to keep one of the dying
languages alive. Rene Gutel profiles Marombrina, four women who sing in
the Middle Ages tongue known as Provençal.
Thumbs up for the CD ‘Marombrina'
Now I want to talk to those
who will never forget for as long as they live the most memorable day
when they listened to ‘Cançons dei Festas Provençalas'
by the very good band Bachas-Mont-Jòia, or Jean-Marie Carlotti
singing alone, at nightfall, in Vence, his ‘Barcatièra de
Rosa' for the first time. That was in the 1980s.
Well, if you want to re-experience the same thing and at the same time something new – with or without a tissue! – listen immediately to the CD ‘Marombrina' by Danielle Franzin, Patricia Jouve, Danièle Collombon and Sylvie Aligro.
The repertoire is made up
of both traditional and new songs. They don't forget to thank friends,
artists, the I.E.O. – C.R.E.O. (Translator's note: I.E.O.
Institute for Occitan studies – C.R.E.O. Regional Centre for the
teaching of the Occitan Language) for their help. It is truly a masterpiece
owing to the technical quality of the recording in Saint-Sauveur Church,
Peillon and to the beauty of the four voices. Each has its own colour
and sings its ‘part' alone or in chorus, with sensitivity
to the songs' unfolding story.
The Entertaiment Arts in Provence – The Alps – The French Riviera
The band Marombrina was created
on the initiative of Danielle Franzin, in March 2000. It is the the result
of her encounter with three other women, Sylvie Aligro, Danièle
Collombon and Patricia Hoareau (née Jouve) who have been singing
in the language of their origins for a long time: Provençal, a
language tinged with the accents of the Ardèche, the Drôme,
the Upper Var and the Nice region.
Between Mountain and Sea
A promotional double CD of twenty traditional music ensembles from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region (translator's note: this region encompasses Provence, the French Riviera and the Southern Alps), produced by the Traditional Music and Dance Mission of the Arcade.
A choice which puts the emphasis on the current creativity and vitality enjoyed by traditional music, both vocal and instrumental.
A musical reflection of the region's cultural diversity, from the fusion music of Marseille to the Occitan singers of the Upper Provence and the Nice region, from the compositions for tambourine (translator's note: small drum used in Provençal folk music), to the dance music of the Alpine violin players, from the traditions of the Carnival to the ‘new' traditional music...
Sunday the 30th, in Correns: Les Joutes musicales (translator's note: musical jousts or contests)
Another choice moment was MAROMBRINA's concert, where the four voices in harmony, always give you the shivers. But also the discovery of Nena Venetsanou, a Greek singer with a magnificent voice!...
- See page ‘Marombrina'
La Clau. June 2004
‘Marombrina': A Heritage Maintained by Women
They have really touched hearts, these four women carrying out remarkable work for the conservation and promotion of the Occitan musical heritage!
The female voice quartet Marombrina, which was performing at the church of the old village in St-Laurent, triggered a very positive response from the audience. The church was crammed with connoisseurs, noteworthy for a Sunday afternoon. These singers have thus rekindled buried memories, through the depth of their singing. Songs which have crossed centuries, bringing together the many people who share that culture!
They talk about women, but also about joys, sorrows, about the day to day life of the shepherds who often provide the subject matter for these songs. Hearing these songs is akin to turning the pages of a story book, from Piedmont, the Ardèche, also including several Occitan Christmas Carols, wedding songs from which a sound of hurdy-gurdy rises.
History is also present in the shape of a hymn to freedom written by Clauzel following the Commune (translator's note: the Commune of Paris in the 19th century). Beautiful harmonies rise and the band and audience become as one. The spectators don't need any persuading to sing along with the encore. The applause, bringing on a second encore provides ample evidence of the pleasure and the interest generated by Marombrina, who will soon release an album on a subscription basis.
Marombrina: Polyphonies of Christmas Carols from the French Occitan Country
In all Christmas carols from Provence, the common people go towards the child Jesus without fear, leaving everything behind them on the call of the angel.
Yesterday, singing a cappella,
the band Marombrina offered a selection from this repertoire
We had already appreciated them at the Brusc in Septembre. In the Palais des congrès, yesterday, they performed carols from Notre-Dame des Doms, from the Ardèche, from Southern Catalonia, from Nice or from St-Martin Vésubie. The ‘Nouvé Grassenc', closed the performance. Warmly recalled for an encore, the four singers ended their show with the ‘Pastourela'.
Nice-Matin. Monday, December 15th 2003
On Saturday, October 6th last,
the museum of the Dauphiné region housed an event organised in
partnership with the ‘38e Rugissants' Festival, marking the
release of the 13th issue of ‘l'Alpes' dedicated to
music and ‘soundscapes' from the Alps...
l'Alpe n° 14
Carros, ‘The Nights of the Villa': a Good Vintage
‘Our “Nights of
the Villa” (“Les Nuits de la Villa”), have become established
in the footsteps of Vence's “Nuits du Sud”, with a well
chosen musical programme from the Mediterranean world, with Latin melodies,
but also largely devoted to the discovery of numerous new talents, like
Souad Massi, amid bill toppers such as ‘Trio Esperança'.
Carros infos - September 2001
Carros, ‘The Nights
of the Villa': Tradition takes pride of place
Ten years of provincial festival in Cruis
‘... To get to the superb tribute to Damase Arbaud, enveloped in a couple of Niçois and Piedmontese songs full of Mediterranean refinement, inside a packed church.
La Provence - Sunday, June 24th, 2001
April-May-June 2001 in Contes
‘The quartet Marombrina
on stage at the Maison pour tous (translator's note: a type of institution
which promotes culture though exhibitions and classes and is open to everybody).
La lettre du Paillon - June 2001
24th Occitan Summer School
We should also mention the
most important shows such as the performance of the female quartet Marombrina
on the first day. They sing ‘a cappella' with voices of exceptional
Revista OCCITANS ! - September 2000
Hope under the Sun
‘It is true to say that
this year the summer offered us a few small miracles regarding a culture
some would like to see dead...
PAM. La Clau - September 2000