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Amandine Beyer

(Updated on December 03, 2014)

Amandine Beyer studied violin in her native Aix-en-Provence and Paris, completing a Master’s Degree on the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Interest in the baroque violin took her to Basel, where she studied with Chiara Banchini. She now enjoys a busy career, concertizing around the world, working regularly with Les Cornets Noirs, with keyboard players Pierre Hantai, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Laurence Beyer, and with her own ensemble, Gli Incogniti, whose recordings of Vivaldi Four Seasons and Corelli Concerti grossi have received critical acclaim.

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Thibault Cauvin

(Updated on November 20, 2014)

Thibault Cauvin is one of the most talented, charismatic and sought-after guitarists in the world today. Having embarked on a endless tour ten years ago, taking him to more than one hundred twenty countries, he continues to perform as soloist on the most prestigious stages: New York Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Opera, Moscow Tchaikowski Hall, London Wigmore Hall, Hong Kong Opera, Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Munich Geistag, among others.

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Layla Metssitane

(Updated on November 20, 2014)

Layla Metssitane is an actress and director of Moroccan origin. When she was fifteen, she took part in her first theater workshop at the Centre Dramatique National of Dijon. Later, under the direction of various theater figures, she interpreted poetic, classical and contemporary works, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare), Le Partage de Midi (Paul Claudel), Phèdre (Jean Racine), and Antigone (Sophocles)...

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Angelin Preljocaj

(Updated on September 04, 2014)

Angelin Preljocaj was born in the Paris region, in France, and began studying classical ballet before turning to contemporary dance, which he studied with Karin Waehner.

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Albin de la Simone

(Updated on September 02, 2014)
Albin de la Simone (born in Amiens, Picardy, France on 14 December 1970) is a French singer-songwriter. read more

Grand Corps Malade

(Updated on September 02, 2014)
Fabien Marsaud (born 31 July 1977 in Le Blanc-Mesnil, Seine-Saint-Denis), better known by his stage name Grand Corps Malade, is a French slam poet. read more

Charles Aznavour

(Updated on September 02, 2014)
Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian better known by his stage name Charles Aznavour (born 22 May 1924), is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, and diplomat. read more

Rone

(Updated on September 01, 2014)

RONE (otherwise known as Erwan Castex) is one of the most acclaimed French musicians on the electronic scene. He studied film at university and worked on a number of productions whilst pursuing music in his spare time. InFiné came across some of his tracks on the web (“Bora”) and got in touch with him. From then on, things went very fast: he released his debut EP (2008), performed his first live show at the Rex Club and released his first album, ‘Spanish Breakfast’, in 2009. With the release of ‘Tohu Bohu’ in the autumn of 2012, things reached a whole new high.

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Arthur H

(Updated on August 27, 2014)
Arthur Higelin (born Paris, France, 27 March 1966), better known under his stage name Arthur H, is a pianist, songwriter and singer. read more

Alain Dubos

Auteur de la coproduction franco-acadienne Et l'Acadie, Majesté?
(Updated on July 17, 2014)

Specialist of great novels and family sagas, Alain Dubos has in a decade, achieved a unique tremendous work of its kind in Canada to Louisiana, Manitoba, Canada

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Hubert Raud & Fabrice Lothodé

(Updated on July 17, 2014)
Fabrice Lothodé and Hubert Raud met in 1991 at Kevrenn alre. They had been playing in this group of music and dance inspired by traditional Breton
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Alexandra Hernandez

(Updated on July 17, 2014)

Alexandra Hernandez was born in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, a small French island next to the Atlantic Canadian coast. At the age of 18, she left home to start her musical career in Montreal. She studied saxophone before flying to France where she wrote her first songs.
She won a bunch of prizes, among other the first prize of the festival “Le raisin d’or”,  the SACEM Prize

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Zago

(Updated on July 17, 2014)

Zago, it is all about family. A father, his son and two of their cousins, all

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Liz Cherhal

(Updated on July 17, 2014)

Liz discovered music at the age of 12, while she learned how to play the guitar and solfeggio. She stopped lesson over a period of two years, but continues guitar practice by herself. As a teenager, she discovered theatre and took music and drama classes; then she met Nicolas Berton and Olivier Touati with whom she created the band "Uztaglote". This band has given over 200 concerts between 2003 and 2008.

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Émilie Simon

(Updated on July 15, 2014)

 Although Emilie Simon is a conservatory-trained experimental musician with a strong theoretical grounding, she has also made a name for herself both as a mainstream soundtrack composer and as an electronic pop musician not far removed from Björk or the Knife, with a distinctively soft, almost babyish voice that at times recalls both early Kate Bush and Claudine Longet.

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Féfé (aka Feniski)

(Updated on July 15, 2014)

Féfé (aka Fe², aka Feniksi) is a popular French rapper and singer whose given name is Samuel Adebiyi.

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Von Pariahs

(Updated on July 15, 2014)

“Ian Curtis isn’t dead, he’s getting smashed in Nantes with the most promising young French band, the Von Pariahs, Interpolesque voice and Joy-Strokesision sound! “ says Luz, the famous french cartoonist and avid rock fan.

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Dream Koala

(Updated on July 15, 2014)

Dream Koala, real name of Yndi Ferreira, is aged just 19 but he appears to have a promising future. If his pseudonym sounds like something quiet and dreamy, that is not unrelated to the music he creates. According to him, the slowness of his tracks comes from the boss that his Brazilian parents listened. Today, with his guitar and and his digital mixers, he offers us the best the French chillwave has. Between languor and serenity, he would enjoy a spectacularly success on the European stage.

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Mahaut Mondino

(Updated on July 14, 2014)

Mahaut Mondino is a Paris born singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of the famous photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino and has been commissioned to create music for brands including L'Oréal, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and the global Mama Shelter Hotel. In 2013, production duo Supreme Cuts from Chicago featured Mondino on two of their tracks, one of which, "Gone", ended up as lead track off their album "Divine Ecstasy". In January 2014, Mondino released her first track "Voodoo Me" which premiered on Vice magazine's Noisey.com.

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Christine

(Updated on July 11, 2014)

Three years after it's creation, loads of remixes, EP's and a phenomenal tour praised by professionals and the crowd, Christine is back with "Death On Wheels". Behind their four turntables, Nicolas Lerille et Stéphane Delplanque condense the strength of modern music from funk to hip hop, from raw rock to electro, and always keep an hardened eye on the films clothing their live.

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Yelle

(Updated on July 11, 2014)

French dance-pop purveyors Yelle have recently returned with their long awaited second album, the exotically addictive Safari Disco Club (out now, V2/Cooperative Music). Adding depth and experience to the sweet & sour pop cocktail found on their acclaimed 2007 debut Pop-Up, Yelle find themselves in a more reflective mood and have learned a few new tricks during their time off. The band have been keeping busy – they covered Robyn's “Who's That Girl” as part of the iTunes international exchange, and she covered their track “A Cause Des Garçons” in return.

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Le Bal de L'Afrique Enchantée

(Updated on July 11, 2014)

Le bal de l'Afrique enchantée arose from a radio show of the same name, heard every Sunday on France Inter. On the air for the last eight years, Soro Solo and his buddy Vladimir Calognari tell us about Africa like nobody else, with anecdotes, stories and songs. The show gave birth to the eponymous “Bal”.

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Manu le Malin (aka The Driver)

(Updated on July 11, 2014)

Main character of the international hardcore techno scene, Manu le Malin is the symbol of the struggle of a musical genre for its own right to live. He has overcome hardship and made his way in life since this evening of 1991 where Manu, who was dragged along by friends, discovered "raves", their relaxed atmosphere and their new music. It was a genuine disruption into the life of this young Parisian who was just 20, and who decided to change his life.

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Antoine Defoort

(Updated on July 09, 2014)

After short mathematical studies, Antoine Defoort started arts courses at ERSEP in Tourcoing. He obtained his Diploma of Fine Arts in 2004. His whims : life (the true one) and contemporary art. His work aims to establish connections, of forms, of senses, of mediums, of materials. It could be said that these are collections of connections.

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Halory Goerger

(Updated on July 08, 2014)

Self-taught, Halory Goerger shapes performances and installations and works on the history of ideas, without any education. He builds in-a-vacuum spectacular systems which constitute small houses in which nobody wants to live, except in case of fire. Here this discourse acts as the glue and manages to have a directly shaping form standing, which is consumed during the show.

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Olivier Meyrou

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

After university studies in Literature and Communication, Olivier Meyrou entered the FEMIS and then studied in New York within the context of the Villa Médicis Hors les Murs. There he directed two documentaries. He continued with «Bye Bye Apartheid» (2004), «l’Avocat du diable» (2008) and «Acrobate» with Fabrice Champion in 2012. He received the Teddy Award during the 2007 Berlinale for «Au-delà de la haine», and his forbidden movie about Yves Saint-Laurent, «Célébration», was part of the Panorama selection during the 2008 Berlinale.

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Stéphane Ricordel

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

After having lived for 17 years abroad (Algeria, Kuwait, Libya), Stéphane Ricordel pursued fine arts and cell biology studies in Paris. He began theatre at the Cours Florent, then with Claude Régy, entered the National Centre of Circus Arts directed by Annie Fratellini, and took to the road round the world. In 1992, he co-founded the company "Les Arts Sauts", with 1575 performances in 57 countries, in another words 15 years of nomadism and wonderful adventures as part of a 35 people collective.

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Compagnie Barolosolo

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

The Barolosolo was founded in 2006. It began to create the show "Le Chariot", which is still performed today… At last, the company produced the CD "À l'Orange", which gather songs and musical scores for plays.

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Etienne Saglio

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

Born in 1984, he began to juggle at home at the age of 6. At the age of 17, he attended to the National school of circus of Chatellerault for one year, before he entered Lido in Toulouse for 2 years, where he discovered and learned about character work, improvising, and knockabout. He improved his skills in juggling and began to work with objects and to shape a personal universe around a character, built after the unexpected discovery of a long black coat.

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Compagnie Lapsus

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

They met at the end of the 20th century, at Lyon school circus . After spending many years  in an amateur creation studio then they had a training helping them to find their artistic identity and a strong friendship. From 2003 to 2005  everyone had scatter between Lido school in Toulouse and Lomme school in the north of France in order to find out new dynamics and meet news looks. Their first professional experiences give them the desire to get back together, to work together.  The company Lapsus was created in 2010 in order to embody their desires of game all converging.

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Julien Gosselin

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

Julien Gosselin was born in Oye Plage (Pas-de-Calais). After graduating from high school, he studied theatre lessons in the Théâtre du Nord, directed by Stuart Seide.

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Christian Rizzo

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

Christian Rizzo was born in 1965 in Cannes. His artistic career began in Toulouse, where he started a rock band and designed a line of clothing, after which he studied fine arts at the Villa d'Arson in Nice, then unexpectedly branched out into dance. In the 90s he performed with a number of contemporary choreographers including Mathilde Monnier, Herve Robbe, Mark Tompkins and Georges Appaix, and sometimes created soundtracks and costumes for them as well.

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Nicolas Bouchaud

(Updated on July 07, 2014)

Born in 1966 in Antony, Nicolas Bouchaud is the son of stage director Jean Bouchaud and of  actress Danielle Girard. He studied classical literature and initiated himself to theatre in Studio 34. Professional actor since 1991, his encounter with Didier-Georges Gabily and the band T'chang' in 1992 determined a close collaboration for several performances, that would continue until Gabily's death in 1996. Then started a long association with Jean-François Sivadier. For the 2008 Festival d'Avignon, he presented a collective performance, Paul Claudel's Partage du Midi.

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Seun Kuti

(Updated on June 23, 2014)

Born in 1983 and son of the singer songwriter Fela Kuti, Seun Anikulapo Kuti started saxophone and piano apprenticeship when he was eight years old. He started playing live when he was nine, first as chorister, and then by opening for his father with Fela's band. Seun Anikulapo Kuti possesses the same grace, energy and rage than his father. With the support of Egypt 80 - the famous band of his father - musicians, he revived the original incarnation of the Afro beat. Here we have it all : gesture, phrasing, soundness of brass, incomparable groove of percussion and Africa's sounds.

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Gesaffelstein

(Updated on June 20, 2014)

Gesaffelstein, pen name Mike Levy, was born in 1985 and grew up in Lyon. In July 2012, he was on the cover of the magazine DJ MagBrodinski; in the same month, Les Inrocks referred him to "new prince of the french techno music" and he announced that he will work on his own first album, forecast for 2013. Still in 2012, his song Viol was featured for the Citroen DS4 television campaign, and for the Givenchy lipstick one. In the end of this year, he appeared again on the cover of the magazine Tsugi.

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Stromae

(Updated on June 20, 2014)

Paul Van Haver was born on 12 March 1985 in Brussels, Belgium into a Flemish and Rwandan family. His mother brought him up with his brothers and sisters, and his absent father was assassinated in Rwanda when he was 12 years old. It was at home that he first discovered African and Afro-Cuban music, and rap.

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Vincent Mantsoe

(Updated on June 06, 2014)

Growing up in Soweto, South Africa, Vincent Mantsoe learned to dance through youth clubs, street dancing and music videos. He also participated in the traditional rituals involving song and dance that were practiced by the women in his family, who were traditional healers.

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Benjamin Millepied

(Updated on June 05, 2014)

Born in France, Benjamin Millepied began his dance training at the age of eight with his mother, Catherine Flori a former modern dancer. From the age of thirteen to the age of sixteen he attended the Conservatoire National de Lyon, studying with Marie France Dieulevin and Michel Rahn. In the summer of 1992, Mr. Millepied came to New York City to attend the summer program at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet.

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Qudus Onikeku

(Updated on June 05, 2014)

Qudus Onikeku was born in Lagos in 1984 and presently lives and work in Paris. He graduated at Centre National des Art du Cirque. France.

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Faustin Linyekula

(Updated on June 05, 2014)

Faustin Linyekula, dancer and choreographer, lives and works in Kisangani, in the north-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire, former Belgian Congo, former independent state of Congo...

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Macha Gharibian

(Updated on May 14, 2014)

Pianist, singer and daughter of the musician Dan Gharibian (founder of Bratsch) Macha Gharibian evolves in several kinds of music and mixes on stage her multiple influences. From jazz to world and folk music.

At 20 she starts to write for theater by creating the music of the play Titus Andronicus (W. Shakespear) for a staging by Simon Abkarian. Mixing her own compositions with Rachmaninov and Messiaen pieces. (2003/2004 Théâtre National de Chaillot).

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

(Updated on May 14, 2014)

Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami. 

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Sandra Nkaké

(Updated on May 14, 2014)

Sandra Nkaké is a singer-songwriter-composer who has grown up between Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris. She was bounced back and forth on a regular basis between two different cultures and climates, and was confronted with mostly opposing social codes. Cinema, literature and music became her primary sources of refuge.

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Baptiste Trotignon

(Updated on May 14, 2014)

Born near Paris in 1974, Baptiste Trotignon grew up in the Loire region, outside Saumur. He started playing the piano when he was 8, and a few years later he joined the Nantes Conservatory, where he won prizes for piano and harmony. In his teenage years, he discovered and taught himself jazz and improvisation, performing his first concerts at the age of sixteen.

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Olivier Dubois

(Updated on April 09, 2014)

Born in 1972, Olivier Dubois made his début as a professional dancer at age 23. Despite having the physique of a wrestler, he enjoyed a persified career as a dancer for a dozen years, including working in Las Vegas in 2003 with Céline Dion and the Cirque du Soleil, and for the choreographers Karine Saporta, Angelin Preljocaj, Jan Fabre and Sasha Waltz. All of it provided material for reflection on the status and role of the dancer, and the dancer’s relations with the choreographer, the audience and the works in the repertoire.

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