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Artist Inspiration

This section gives access to diverse and sometimes little-known musical repertoires and films through a presentation of works that have inspired certain artists.

Norah Jones

November 15, 2016

Norah Jones made her appearance on the music scene with Come Away With Me (2002). With this album, which she describes as a “melancholy little record,” the young artist immediately made a name for herself. Its success was phenomenal and she won five Grammy awards. In 2016, the velvety-voiced diva came back with a sixth album, called Day Breaks, which bears similarities to her first album. On it, she combines jazz, blues, folk and country influences. 

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Bertrand Tavernier

October 25, 2016

Bertrand Tavernier has been making celebrated films for 40 years – receiving among others Cesar awards for Capitaine Conan (1996) or Que la fête commence (1975), and an Academy Award for best original music score for Around midnight (1987). In this major interview with Culture(s) With Vivendi, this prolific filmmaker and fascinating cinema-lover brings back some of the French cinema figures of the 1930s to 1970s whom he dedicated his documentary Voyage à travers le cinema français in official selection at Cannes Classics (May 2016). 

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Juliette

October 25, 2016

Juliette Noureddine is a French artist better known as ‘Juliette’, her stage name. Her atypical artistic world encompasses genres as diverse as French chanson, rock, tango, fanfare and rumba.

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Gregory Porter

August 23, 2016

Boasting a rich baritone voice, California-born vocalist Gregory Porter gains his inspiration from the roots of African-American music. His phenomenal 2013 release, Liquid Spirit, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and broke streaming listening records. His newest record, Take Me To The Alley, is in much the same vein as that earlier masterwork. Drawing on jazz, gospel and soul but also electronica, Porter’s work reveals his talent for transcending genres. 

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Goran Bregović

June 16, 2016

One of Yugoslavia’s top rock stars in the 70s and 80s, a renowned film-score composer in the 90s (in particular for Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturića), a Balkan musical prodigy, a tireless performer, and a free, uninhibited producer: Goran Bregović is all of these at once. A wide variety of influences come together and fuse in this Serbo-Croatian’s unique and universal music.

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Ibrahim Maalouf

June 13, 2016

Ibrahim Maalouf is a French-Lebanese virtuoso trumpeter who creates dialogues among cultures and music styles in his compositions, where jazz and Middle Eastern music meet. Let’s take a closer look at the inspirations of a musician for whom improvisation is key. 

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Nekfeu

April 18, 2016

Nekfeu released a debut solo album (Feu !) that was a huge hit in concert halls, on the Internet, and with critics, showing that French rap has a bright future. His first solo work also stood out for its diverse influences that depart from urban culture. With tracks titled “Le Horla”, “Laughable Loves” and “Martin Eden”, we find references to works by famous writers and legendary French musicians (Gainsbourg and IAM). 

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PJ Harvey

April 15, 2016

A piercing voice, intense lyrics and a career marked by constant renewal of genres and atmospheres: this is PJ Harvey, the UK singer who holds a special place in modern music.

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L.E.J.

February 16, 2016

The female trio L.E.J. recently gained recognition by covering the hits of the summer of 2015 in a mash-up video titled “Summer 2015.” The video songs by Rihanna, Stromae and Pharrell Williams scored for three voices, cello and percussion – immediately boosted their recognition as the Web went wild. At only 23 years old, they are already adept at exploring a wide range of styles – from pop to blues – with obvious talent.

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Martin Scorsese

November 30, 2015

Martin Scorsese was one of the biggest names of the so-called “New Hollywood” generation in the 1970s, along with Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola and De Palma, among others. At the helm of such films as Taxi Driver and The Departed, Scorsese is a consummate director of actors and an alchemist of sound and image whose inspired directing always commands respect.

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Calogero

November 10, 2015

With his sense of melody and ability to craft hits, Calogero has nothing left to prove. In just a few short years, this Grenoble-born singer-songwriter with Italian roots and a British bass-playing style (he also plays guitar and keyboards) became a huge success.

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Asaf Avidan

July 31, 2015

Asaf Avidan, a diplomat’s son, was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Jamaica, Thailand and Israel, where he was exposed to a diverse array of culture and music, as evidenced by the wide range of performers who inspired his music.

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Mika

June 1, 2015

A singer, songwriter, pianist and entertainer, Mika conquered the entire pop world at the age of 24 with an exceptional tenor voice spanning more than three octaves.

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Hélène Grimaud

January 14, 2015

Hélène Grimaud began playing the piano at the age of seven. Today, she is one of the most critically acclaimed and popular pianists in the world.

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Indila

October 27, 2014

With her richly diverse Algerian, Cambodian, Egyptian and Indian origins, Indila describes herself as “a child of the world”. She expresses this diversity in music in her album Mini World.

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Patricia Petibon

September 29, 2014

Soprano Patricia Petibon is one of the brightest stars on France’s current opera scene. As an eclectic artist, she loves exploring extremely different repertoires. She is famous for her performances of the baroque repertoire and her ability to create bridges between European and Latin American music.

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Milos Karadaglic

February 6, 2014

Born in Montenegro in 1983, Milos Karadaglic has won world acclaim for his gifted playing style and a repertoire that crosses borders, genres and musical tastes.

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Ayo

January 22, 2014

The artist’s chosen name, Ayo, means “Joy” in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken in Nigeria. Singer-songwriter Ayo, is the ultimate product of cultural diversity.

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Pop/rock and cinema

July 12, 2012

Pop/rock music arose in the second half of the 20th century by drawing on a number of musical influences such as rhythm and blues, jazz, folk and classical music.

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Classical music and cinema

June 4, 2012

From Bach and Puccini to Tchaikovsky and Bizet, classical music composers have been inspiring filmmakers over the years. Their influence, feelings and sensibility find their way onto the silver screen and help filmmakers express themselves.

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Salif Keita

May 21, 2012

Born in Mali in the 1940s, in a poor and landlocked village, Salif Keita dreamt of travelling the world with his music.

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Literature and cinema

May 21, 2012

From the very beginning, cinema has been inspired by literature. In 1902, cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès borrowed from the fantasy world of Jules Verne's 1865 novelFrom the Earth to the Moon.

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