Friday, January 29, 2016

Part I: 10 Ways To Hear Great Music On a Budget in Paris

By Jacquelin Carnegie
(Artist: Felipe Ferrer Ceroni)

In Paris, no matter what your taste in music--jazz, rock, world or classical--you can find a place to hear it on a budget. In certain cafes and bars, there’s often no cover and just a one- or two-drink minimum. Then, there are other affordable alternatives that include a meet-&-greet reception with the musicians. Check out these delightful options:
Classical Cool

Sinfonietta Paris - Music by the Glass (Concerts: €25)
Sinfonietta presents talented young musicians performing lesser-known works by famous, classical composers. The Music by the Glass concerts are in lovely, intimate settings followed by a wine-and-hors-d'oeuvre reception where you can chat with fellow music-lovers and meet the musicians; an absolutely delightful way to spend an evening in Paris.
Much More Than Tango
Espace Tango Negro

71 rue Rochechouart; 9th arrondissement, Metro: Anvers, Barbés, Cadet; Reservations required: Tel: 01/73 75 05 42; (Concerts: €12)
Started by the late-great, Argentine musician Juan Carlos CaceresTango Negro invites Argentine musicians living in Paris--and those passing through on tour--to give lively, intimate concerts in this 40-seat, private, ground-floor loft. The concerts are generally on Thursday evenings. The music is fantastic, though usually not tango. Afterwards, hang out with the musicians over wine & cheese. This is one of my favorite things to do in Paris. (But, they don't do "social media," so email & ask to be put on the mailing list).
Give Beats a Chance
Fresh Dixie

Sofar Sounds (Concerts: around €5) This is a way-cool concept: Talented young musicians perform in unique, intimate settings such as a beautiful private home or hip art gallery. On the bill for each concert are three acts, selected by a panel of music experts. Sofar (Songs From A Room) concerts take place all over the world; the Paris ones are run by dynamic Brit expat DJ Alexander Morley. This is a great way to discover terrific new musicians such as Wednesday, Harley Young, or Fresh Dixie.
Jazz & More
Tiphenn Fauchois

9 Rue du Baigneur; Tel: +33 1 42 23 99 19;
18th arrondissement, Metro: Jules Joffrin (Cost: From "pass the hat" to €10-20, depending on the show)

This funky, little downstairs club features an eclectic mix of African, Caribbean and Brazilian jazz groups. If you're lucky, you'll hear the fantastic Tiphenn Fauchois singing world-music infused jazz accompanied by terrific musicians such as Georges-Ed Nouel on piano, Tommie Lee Mckenzie on bass, Didier Haboyan on saxophone, and Armando Assouline on percussion. 

Bab-Ilo's Sunday Night Jam (7:30pm-10pm): For just 5 euros, hear great Brazilian bossa, samba & jazz and the lovely voice of Isabelle Ferraz de Oliveria.

Bars With Benefits
Naomi Greene

Le Truskel
12 Rue Feydeau,
2nd arrondissement, Metro: Grands Blvds or Bourse; Live music, 8:30pm; DJ, 10pm (Cost: Free, buy drinks)

This is a dive bar in a nice neighborhood, with good live music, followed by a DJ, and lots of beer. If you're looking to hang with twentysomethings, this is your spot and you might get to hear the lovely Naomi Greene.
There are many ways to hear great music on a budget all year long:
Kiosques en Musique - Music Kiosk Concerts (May-Sept)
In Parisian parks and gardens, kiosks, dating from 1890 to 1920, have recently been restored and upgraded. Enjoy free concerts featuring all kinds of music from classical to electronic.
Fête de la Musique (June 21)

Each year, the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--is celebrated worldwide with music. It started in France; in Paris, it's a daylong musical fest. Hear musicians for free in the streets and parks, and at low-cost in bars and concert halls.
Parc Floral de Paris - Bois de Vincennes
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, route de la Pyramide, 12th arrondissement
During the summer and fall, several music festivals take place in this park:
Paris Jazz Festival  (June-July) - Features concerts by major, international jazz musicians (Entrance fee: around €5)
Festival Classique au Vert  (Aug-Sept) - Free classical music concerts every weekend at 4pm. Pestacles (June-Sept) - On Wednesdays, family-friendly entertainment and concerts.
For a list of free (gratuit) concerts year-round, try these two sites (in French): Lylo & Paris Concert Gratuit.

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