Friday, November 03, 2006

Extra! Extra! The French Embassy And The Library Of Congress Have Synthesized A Clazz Sextet From A Classical String Quartet And A Jazz Duo

Dear Friends of La Maison Française and the Library of Congress,

The Library of Congress, in cooperation with the French-American Cultural Foundation, is welcoming an astonishing jazz ensemble tomorrow, November 4, at 8 p.m. at the Whitall Pavilion. This concert is unique in its genre, as it will unite two jazzmen and a classical string quartet. (A pre-concert presentation with the artists will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the same venue)

Vincent Lê Quang (saxophone soprano) and Vincent Peirani (accordion) who just performed at the Kennedy Center are joined by the award-winning Quatuor Ebène in a jazz concert (details below). These six musicians are long-time friends and have prepared a special program exclusively for the Library of Congress.

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WHAT: Jazz concert with Peirani/Lê Quang Duo and Quatuor Ebène

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m (6:15 p.m.: pre-concert presentation with the artists)

WHERE: Whitall Pavilion at the Library of Congress

ADMISSION: This concert is free but tickets are required. For more information and to reserve a seat, please visit:

This concert was made possible by the generous support of the French-American Cultural Foundation and Veolia Transportation.

I hope you will join us in this very unique reunion of talents!

Roland Celette
Cultural Attaché
Director of La Maison Française


Vincent Lê Quang (saxophone soprano)
Vincent Peirani (accordion)
And the Quatuor Ebène (string quartet)

About the Duo

The Lê Quang - Peirani duo has earned first place for groups as well as first place for soloists (Vincent Lê Quang) in the 2003 International Jazz Competition sponsored by la Défense. Vincent Lê Quang (soprano
saxophone) and Vincent Peirani (accordion) are among today’s rising stars in French jazz.

Vincent Lê Quang’s formal studies were on soprano saxophone, an instrument that provides him with a rich musical palette. He has garnered from the Paris Conservatory two first-place prizes, awarded unanimously with high honors, one for jazz and one for generative improvisation. An immensely talented composer, he finds inspiration from many different directions, including ethnomusicology, jazz, classical, and soundpainting.

Vincent Peirani is an all-round artist, having first studied as a classical musician (he has earned top prizes for clarinet, as well as for accordion, receiving the title “world champion accordionist”), and then turning to jazz at age 18. This ability to play classical as well as jazz music has made of the accordionist an artist beyond compare. His playing is very subtle and refined, alternating between the powerful and the delicate. He performs with such outstanding artists as Daniel Humair, Riccardo Del Fra, Dre Pallemers, Renaud Garcia Fons, Glenn Ferris and Les Yeux Noirs.

About the Quatuor Ebène

From the moment the Quatuor Ebène waltzed off with the First Prize of the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich in 2004, as well as the Audience Prize, two Prizes for the best interpretation AND the Karl Klinger Foundation Prize, they were launched onto the international circuit in a blaze of glory.

The Quatuor Ebène is distinguished by its open-mindedness, versatility,
youth and vigour. Displaying equal facility in the classical
repertoire and contemporary music, the quartet has even recorded a jazz album with German trombonist Daniel Casimir (Eros & Thanatos) and has been involved in productions of diverse musical genres.

Martin Puryear

American, born Washington, D.C. 1941

Untitled, 1977

black chalk on wove paper, image: 35.88 x 43.34 cm (14 1/8 x 17 1/16 in.)
sheet: 35.88 x 43.34 cm (14 1/8 x 17 1/16 in.)

Gift of the National Gallery of Art Collectors Committee

Photo credit: (c) National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. With thanks.


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