FRANÇOISE ATLAN

PURPOSE

Learn about the Sephardic poetic and musical world through the singing tradition of the Judeo-Spanish Romances, in comparison with the tradition of the Cantigas de Santa Maria.

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT

• Work on sacred and profane repertoires in Haketia, Ladino, Hebrew, Arabic and Galician-Portuguese for the Cantigas de Santa Maria.
• Work on the phonetic.
• Vocal preparation work depending on the addressed repertoire.
• Work on modes and melisma.
• Learning rhythms with percussion: singing and accompanying.
• Work and approach to ornamentation adapted to each song.
• Listening and comparative analysis of songs from sound samples.

TERMS OF PARTICIPATION

  • Open to readers and non-readers of partitions, beginners or experienced singers
  • If possible, come with a percussion (frame drum like Bendir, Daf, Tambourine, Darbouka)
  • Instrumentalists are welcome, especially to interpret the instrumental passages of the repertoires being addressed. Learning takes place orally. However the corresponding scores and arrangements edited by Françoise Atlan will be distributed especially for the Cantigas.

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BIOGRAPHY

Invited by major international stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the International Festival of Mexico City, the “Théâtre de la Monnaie” in Brussels, the Festival of “Sacred Music” in Fez, the “Suds” in Arles, or the “Festival d’Art Lyrique” in Aix, the singer Françoise Atlan has signed many fruitful collaborations with great musicians and ensembles,  and recorded several critically award-winning discs (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de La Musique, FFFF Télérama, Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros…).

An artist with a double culture, endowed with a unique vocal expression, style and technique, her Judeo-Berber roots naturally led her to become passionate about the Mediterranean vocal heritage, in particular the Judeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arabic traditions, while pursuing her career as an opera singer.

Holder of the Capes in musicology from the University of Aix-en-Provence, Vermeil Medal in piano (class of Monique Oberdoerfer) and Medaille d’or in Chamber Music, the composer Maurice Ohana encouraged her to sing, after having chosen her to interpret his Cantigas.

First Soprano in the Ensemble Musicatreize directed by Roland Hayrabedian, she became a student of Andréa Guiot at the Paris Conservatory.

In 1998, she won the “Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs” Prize for collecting the musical and poetic tradition of the city of Fez in Morocco, as well as the Caisse d’Epargne Foundation Prize “Best World Music Artist 2007”. She regularly gives master-classes in singing in Geneva, Montreal, Aix-en-Provence, Brussels or Basel.

Parallel to her career as an international singer, she is also Artistic Director of the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques d’Essaouira (Morocco) from 2007 to 2015, a Festival that inspired this year the “Festival D’art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence”, since Françoise Atlan was invited to sing “the Spirit of Essaouira”.

In 2013 she created the Yemaya Company and the Bilbilikas Female Vocal Ensemble, an amateur ensemble for which she rewrote, among other things, the Judeo-Spanish and Arab-Andalusian repertoires for 4 voices.

Her new album “Aman! Sefarad… was released in January 2015, and has just received the “Coup de Coeur” from the Academie Charles Cros (March 2015).

That same year, she performed in 2015 – among others – with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, as part of the L’Orient Imaginaire season, alongside composer Philipp Glass.

France Musique dedicated a one-hour portrait to her on the show Couleurs du Monde, on the occasion of her 20-year career.

In 2015, the Ministry of Culture commissioned a work from her on the female vocal translation of the Mediterranean. Thus was born “Zelliges” (1h15), for voice, oud, piano and percussion. The poems mix Hebrew, Arabic and Castilian, Françoise Atlan’s favorite languages. The piece was premiered in 2013 during the Jousts Musicales de Correns (Var). In December 2015, Françoise Atlan will cover excerpts in a solo concert (piano and singing) at the “Cité de La Musique”.

In 2016, Françoise Atlan will lead the Academic Choral project “Convivencia” with more than 100 children and middle school students.

Her first poems that mix Hebrew, Arabic and Spanish have just been published by Editions Flammes Vives,

Some criticisms…

« . .these melodies with both ecstatic and sensual contour are here rendered with warmth and purity thanks to the luminous talent of which, at the evidence, nature has endowed Françoise Atlan .. – The World of Music, Laurent Aubert –

“A sound of striking evidence, fresh and burning, touching the drink, touching the heart. To the legacy received, Françoise Atlan associates a sensitivity and an extraordinary voice “–  Diapason, François Picard –

Some discographic landmarks:

“Romances Sefarades” – Buda Music (FFFF Telerama)”Noches” – Buda Music (Choc du Monde de La Musique)”Entre la rose et le jasmine” (Diapason D Or)”Cantigas de Santa Maria” with Joel Cohen and the ensemble Gilles Binchois (Erato and Naive)”Nawah” with the Palestinian singer Moneim Oudwan”Noches” at Buda Music (Choc du Monde de La Musique)”Andalussiyat” at Universal (Prix de l’academie Charles Cros)”Terres Turquoise” with Constantinople at Atma (Diapason d’Or)”Ay Amor!!  ” with Constantinople.” Aman! Sefarad” (2015) with the Ensemble En Chordais de Thessaloniki.