23 JUN 2023
Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$480 / $420 / $280 / $180
The closing concert of the 30th anniversary of French May Arts Festival will see the pure, magnetic alchemy between Keren Ann and the Debussy String Quartet. "There are some encounters in life where truth and simplicity prove the best rides in the world," wrote La Bruyère in The Characters. The instant moment when Keren Ann's raw and soft electric guitar interlaces with the Quartet's elegant, layered strings is truly majestic – a sheer delight for the ears. Together, they will perform all-new original versions of Keren Ann's classics such as Not Going Anywhere, Strange Weather and Jardin d'Hiver.
Creative Team List
Vocals, Guitar and Piano
Debussy String Quartet
Violins: Christophe Collette, Emmanuel Bernard
Viola: Vincent Deprecq
Cello: Cedric Conchon
Produced by Rain dog productions, in collaboration with Caramba Culture live
Keren Ann is an Israeli-born singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and engineer based largely in Paris, Tel Aviv, and New York City. Keren Ann has released eight solo albums: La Biographie de Luka Philipsen (2000), La Disparition (2002), Not Going Anywhere (2003), Nolita (2005), Keren Ann (2007), 101 (2011), You're Gonna Get Love (2016) and Bleue (2019). Many of her songs have been covered by other artists, including Henri Salvador, Jane Birkin, Francoise Hardy, Rosa Passos, Jacky Terasson, Emmanuelle Seigner, Benjamin Biolay and Anna Calvi. Her music has been featured in TV series including Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and Big Love, and in movies including Love Me No More (2008). Her song Beautiful Day has been the sound of the "Skyteam" campaign, and in 2008 her song Lay Your Head Down was the synch for the international H&M Spring commercial.
Keren Ann and Icelandic musician Barði Jóhannsson formed the musical duo Lady & Bird; the two released a self-titled studio album in 2003, as well as a live recording of their performance with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in 2009. The two co-wrote the 2011 opera Red Waters; it was produced by the Opéra de Rouen and directed by Arthur Nauzyciel, and performed in four opera houses around France.
Keren Ann co-wrote Henri Salvador's 2000 album Chambre Avec Vue, and wrote the lyrics for Sophie Hunter's 2005 debut album Isis Project, to music written by Guy Chambers. In 2008, Keren Ann composed, with Tibo Javoy, the entire sound design for the European TV channel Arte. She co-wrote and co-produced, with Doriand, Emmanuelle Seigner's 2010 album Dingue.
She contributed to the soundtrack of the French film Thelma, Louise et Chantal (2010), directed by Benoît Pétré, including cover versions of French songs from the 1960s. She also contributed six songs to the Israeli film Yossi (2012), directed by Eytan Fox, as well as appearing onscreen as herself, performing a music concert.
Debussy String Quartet
In thirty years of activity, the Debussy String Quartet has been acclaimed throughout the world, continually sharing the same passion in its musical interpretations on the world’s most prestigious stages: Japan, China, United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, Europe, gaining renown through regular tours on all the continents. Thirty years of evolution which have made the Quartet a key player on the international music scene, with numerous awards, including a First Prize in the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1993 and a Victoire de la musique 1996 ("Best Chamber Music Group"). Today, the professional recognition of the Debussy String Quartet is indisputable.