How was this new project born?
It was born in line with my last album “Les Centières Solidaires”, which I collaborated with Jean-Félix Lannon and other musicians. Last summer I had the opportunity to play a duet at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, through the spectacle of Big Bravo. Jean-Félix, who works at an opera, is unavailable. With Alain Genty, a year ago, we discussed the idea of working together again. This Irish proposal acted as a detonator.
How did you meet each other?
I met Alan a long time ago. In the 1980s we played together in the group Guers, then especially Den. Later he took over the art direction of one of my albums, “Gwenogen”. We were always in touch.
How did you prepare for this Irish meeting?
This summer, Alan started working on the parts I sent him. We had two days of intensive rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday, followed by a recording this Wednesday at Espace Glenmor.
Is it special to play in Dublin?
Must be. When I first became interested in Celtic music, I met a lot of Irish musicians. I used to go to Ireland every now and then to play. I remember all this “revival” that was going on at the time with the music and the jams… I’m so happy to be performing there again. Ireland is an island whose inhabitants are more attached to their music, but they are starting to open up to other styles, especially Breton-inspired music.
Are there other Alain Genty concerts planned?
Yes. Contact has already been made to play in Belgium in the summer of 2023. Certainly, there will be meetings in this area. Duo Formula has the advantage of being mobile. Musically I find myself more in this format. I can express more. This allows me to go back to basics, always in the form of shared paths, but this time with Align Gent.
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