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Who to see in Souillac during the 43rd edition of the Souillac Jazz Festival
15th to 23rd July 2018 in front of the Abbey (Place Pierre Betz)
Thursday 19 July, 9.15pm
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition
Renowned on the New York scene, Mahanthappa is a Grammy award winning American saxophonist of Indian descent. Joined by Pakistani guitarist Rez Abbasi and the American tabla player Dan Weiss they create an intense fusion of harmonic and melodic jazz.
Friday 20 July, 9.15pm
Théo Ceccaldi “Django” trio + Thomas de Pourquery and Supersonic - Sons of Love
Friday night sees two different acts.
First Théo Ceccaldi “Django” trio of violin, guitar and cello and winners of the 2017 Jazz Victories Award for most promising artist.
Followed by Thomas de Pourquery and Supersonic - Sons of Love, Artist of the Year winner (2017 Jazz Victories Awards) this troupe explode onto stage with deep jazz roots and a rocking attitude.
Saturday 21 July, 9.15pm
Joshua Redman troupe featuring Billy Hart
Grammy award winning saxophonist Joshua Redman is joined by the award winning Billy Hart trio.
A collaborative improvisation of Jazz masters not to be missed.
During the day, street bands play throughout the town. You can walk around Souillac and come across a group playing Dixie or sit under the shade of a tree, having a drink at the bar, with the sound of a Jazz band never far away. The festival also includes many free concerts scattered throughout the programme, including the swing group Rose Betty Klub performing free at Pinsac Monday 16th July 2018 (9pm).
Included in the festival is Rando Jazz - a countryside hike with a difference. Follow a Jazz band rambling through the beauty of the Dordogne Valley countryside. Burn off those calories as you take in the fresh vibes and country air!
2018’s Rando Jazz is a night walk beginning in front of the Souillac Tourist Office at 9.15pm on Sunday 15th July.
Cave and all that Jazz
Since Copans’ foundation, the Festival has evolved and expanded over the years to now include a yearly staple– Jazz in an underground cave. Descending via an electric train beneath the earth in the famous caves of Lacave you can listen live to Jazz rhythms as they bounce off the magnificent acoustics of the limestone rock.
You will have to be quick to book your tickets though as spaces are extremely limited and tickets always sell out fast.
Tuesday 17th July 2018 at 8.30pm: Whispering Souls play the cave. Olivier Py (saxophone) and Alioune Koné on the kora (a Mandinka harp with twenty-three strings) jazz up the cave with acoustic alchemy.
More information on the 2018 line-up and tickets prices