Musical Encounters

(Frank’s Post:)

After the Radio Babel Marseille concert in Mallemort, we got talking and I asked if they’d heard of the Polyphonic voice festival in Calvi, Corsica. It’s where I met Vocal Sampling, when I was heavily involved in the Salsa world and is run by A Filetta, an extraordinary Corsican a capella sextet. I offered to send RBM’s CD to Calvi with the hope that they could be invited to the festival there and while looking for A Filetta’s  address on the internet I chanced on their concert schedule and saw that they were performing the following night near Basel. As we were only 3 hrs drive away, visiting Ruth’s older brother in Crans-Montana, we booked tickets and to A Filetta’s surprise showed up at their sound-check (we hadn’t seen each other since 2005!)
They shared the stage with an extraordinary Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage and Ruth and I were blown away by the complexity and sensitivity of their repertoire: an exotic mix of traditional Corsican and Lebanese melodies, as well as a number of  ‘Créations’. After the concert I handed over the letter I had written on behalf of RBM and we parted company with plans to meet up again at the Rencontres Polyphoniques de Calvi in 2016…

here is a YouTube clip of them all singing together.

Here are some photos we took of the beautiful venue where the concert was.


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