From the Library: The Early Music Show

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 4 November, 2008

Today on Radio Riel we present a programme of Early Music including a wide variety of material from the Mediæval and Renaissance periods.

In addition we are featuring the work of Christian Salès and OC. Tour around the ancient sites of French Occitania – the southern half of France, including Provence, Drôme-Vivarais, Auvergne, Limousin, Guyenne, Gascony and Languedoc, where traditionally the Occitan language was spoken – and you will often find albums and other material by these artists who have specialised in bringing the traditional music of the region to life. You’ll find them particularly associated with the Cathar sites in SW France, such as the area around Carcassonne. In addition to the use of authentic traditional instruments they also employ modern electronic sounds in a subtle way to enhance the character of their music. But they are much more than a group of musicians.

Founded in 1999 by Christian Salès, OC aims at promoting the Occitanian tradition through artistic works. He says, “Our collective both includes and understands musicians, dancers, plastics technicians and specialists in the digital technologies of light and sound. OC collaborates in eclectic AV projects that incorporate live performance in the spirit of widening understanding of Occitanian culture.”

From the Library is broadcast in conjunction with the Caledon Library: today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. Listen now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)


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