Program Schedule

September 15-17, 2017 - Paris


    FRIDAY 15
  • Noon — Meet and Greet with a short history of the birth of cabaret in Montmartre at the Musée de Montmartre, 12, rue Cortot, Paris 18ème
  • 12:45 — 90-minute guided tour of the museum; an hour viewing of the sheet music collection
  • 3:30 PM —Move to Brasserie La Bohème du Tertre, 2 place du Tertre, 75018 Paris
  • 3:45 PM — A presentation by Kat Victoria of Black female singers in Paris: from Bricktop and Josephine Baker to Eartha Kitt and Lena Horne
  • 5 PM — Jam session for singers and auditors
  • 7 PM — Dinner all together at Le Refuge, 72, rue Lamarck (included in the conference fee)
  • 9 PM — Evening show at the historic Cabaret Lapin Agile, 22, rue des Saules, until midnight or so (show continues to 2 AM!)
  • 10 AM — Master class at the l'Atelier du Chant in the Latin Quarter, 12 bis, rue Domat Paris 5ème
  • Noon — Lunch break
  • 1:30 PM — Master class continues to 5:30 PM
  • Move to Studio Raspail, 216 bd Raspail, Paris 14ème.

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  • 6:15 PM — Illustrated lecture by author of La chanson de proximité , Michel Trihoreau reviews history and current state of cabaret in France, with singer-guitarist Michel Grange
  • 7:15 PM — Round Table discussion on the current state of Cabaret, led by Gilles Tcherniack, director of Forum Léo Ferré and son of the owners of the former cabaret « Le cheval d'or », along with Martin Penet, journalist and historian of French chanson.
  • 8:30 PM — Intermission and a light buffet is offered for 5 Euros per person.
  • 9 PM — Evening concert by Marie-Thérèse Orain, Elizabeth Doyle, Claudia Hommel, Nathalie Joly, Kat Victoria, and the participation of Mylène Launay and Christian Stalla, until 10:30 PM.
    SUNDAY 17
  • 11 AM — Petit Bal Musette , the weekly neighborhood sing-along at the base of rue Mouffetard, hosted by Christian Basoul and our Mylène Launay
  • Noon — Lunch break
  • 2 PM — Master class continues at the Atelier du Chant
  • Move to l'Espace le Scribe-l'Harmattan, 24, rue des Ecoles, Paris 5ème

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  • 7 PM — Presentation by Yves Bertrand on the singer-songwriter Marcel Legay (1856-1915)
  • 7:30 PM - Light buffet (at 10 Euros per person), followed by Round Table on the future of Cabaret
  • 9 PM — Evening concert by singer-participants.
  • 11 PM — Jam session at nearby piano bar for all participants, auditors included.
Time to be determined: a meeting among organizers to begin planning the 2018 exchange to Chicago

Leading the Chicago delegation will be singer-pianist-composer Elizabeth Doyle, actress-singers Claudia Hommel and Kat Victoria. Claudia and Elizabeth will lead the Chicago component of our master classes, joined by Jean-Claude Orfali at the piano.

Leading the Paris delegation are singer-actor Mylène Launay, singer-actor Nathalie Joly, singer-editor Christian Stalla (who will join us on Sunday), and author Michel Trihoreau.

The "master class among equals" will explore song interpretation and performance skills. A maximum of 8 US and 8 French singers will bring their repertoire to the workshop, as we explore from different perspectives the variations of intimate singing, truth-telling and story in song. The sessions are open to singers and auditors of any age, professionals and amateurs alike.

At each dinner, we are inviting special guests to lead a discussion on the business of cabaret (le métier). We'll compare notes: Paris has many cabaret venues, while Chicago has few. Chicago has an association of cabaret artists, but Paris does not yet have a formal network. US artists are used to hustling individually for financial support, while French artists are reeling from cuts in state subsidies to the arts. How can we help each other?

Correspondante à Paris
Mylène Launay : 06 71 83 70 65
Correspondent in Chicago
Claudia Hommel : 1-773-509-9360

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