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It has launched more than 20 albums of various styles, writing hundreds of songs and traveled the world. Even at 72 years, the French singer Bernard Lavilliers still has things to say, as evidenced by its committed effort “5 minutes in paradise”, which was launched last year.
The artist will present his new compositions and would revisit a part of his extensive repertoire in concerts at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec city on November 13 and at the Olympia in Montreal two nights later. It will put an end to a dearth of a little more than 10 years without a show in the province.
To do so, the veteran singer-songwriter will be well surrounded. “It’s a little rock has arrived! I have three Belgians who play all the instruments. I can do reggae if I want to, salsa, jazz, rock,” he confides to his arrival in quebec.
It will thus be possible to hear “hope”, light room in the text box that illuminates, at the end of course, the “5 minutes in paradise”. This is probably the curtain falls, only to the guitar, that it will interpret this part recorded in a duo with Jeanne Cherhal.
Memories of Quebec
It has been almost 40 years, Bernard Lavilliers has tasted with joy the winter in quebec. In 1979 he had his first contacts with some celebrities.
“This is where I met Robert Charlebois, Diane Dufresne and Louise Forestier. I was in leather jacket-biker dating back to the years I didn’t know what… They told me at the beginning, you were taken for a bum. I do not understand what they wanted to say: a tramp! I’ve bought stuff to be hot, but I hadn’t realized that I had a t-shirt and my leather jacket. At least 30 (degrees), it does not.”
The fever of travel
True globe-trotter, the French singer wrote and composed a little everywhere on the planet. “The fact of change of continent, of culture, of music, of language, that makes me feel renewed. I feel like a change of life. I am already thinking about the future: how it will happen in Brazil? In Italy? In Hungary? In The United States? It all intrigues me.”
One day, the winters of quebec could even inspire it. “I have already written to Florence K a song of love, separation, [editor’s NOTE: And if ever] that had not much to do with Quebec. I’m not even stayed long enough for you to dare to write a song about Quebec. It doesn’t mean that I will not…”
Bernard Lavilliers will be leaving soon for six months in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where, he says, “there is a lot going on”. It will create a new album… a social character, of course. “I can’t get out! People interest me,” he concludes.