Visions of Music

Tuesdays in September at 21:00 CEST


The Visions of Music series invites viewers to a journey in search of the roots of jazz. This series presents the enormous impact of traditional music from many parts of the world on contemporary jazz. Every Tuesday evening at 21:00 pm (CEST), an episode of the series will be broadcast, followed by a concert featuring the subject. For example, on September 4 and 25, we will visit the African continent with concerts of the Malian band Tinariwen and Salif Keita, nicknamed the golden voice of Africa. On September 11, B. B. King will talk about the origins of the blues and the following week, we will travel to Argentina to meet the bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos, figurehead of tango nuevo.

Tuesday, 4 September at 21:05 CEST |  Visions of Music: The Arabian Connection

The first jazz song to feature Arabic elements was Duke Ellington's "Caravan" (1937). In the 1960s, jazz musicians such as John Coltrane and Don Cherry began visiting Arab countries and improvising with local musicians. The fascinating documentary Visions of Music - The Arabian Connection is mainly narrated by Rabih Abou-Khalil, who puts in context the history of music and culture of the Arab world and describes a growing interest for Europe detected in Arab sounds. The musician Renaud Garcia-Fons presents his various collaborations, with the tuba player Michel Godard. Visions of Music - The Arabian Connection has been filmed in different parts of Morocco, including Marrakech and Ouarzazate, and includes music and reviews by Renaud Garcia-Fons, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Jef Sicar Trio, and Michel Godard.

Tuesday, 4 September at 21:35 CEST | Une Soirée de Poche: Tinariwen

The Malian-Berber band Tinariwen performed a one-off acoustic concert at an appartement in Paris during their European tour in 2011. Their music is hardly ordinary: the traditional North-African music style ‘tichumaren’ is mixed with elements of western pop and rock music. The band members’ forefathers, Tuareg, lead a nomadic life in the north-central Sahel. When these nomads looked for shelter in the cities of Northern Africa, their traditional music mixed with the local traditions. In this concert recording, material from Tinariwen’s album ‘Tessalit’ is played. The sight of these Tuareg musicians in their indigo tagelmusts adds an unusual dimension to their desert song.

Tuesday, 11 September at 21:10 CEST | Visions of Music: Basic Of Jazz Is Blues

This episode of the Visions of Music series is dedicated to blues, a musical style characterized by its lyrics, bass lines and instrumentation. Lonnie Pitchford tells us how, without being able to buy a guitar, he invented the "one-string guitar", and musicians from around the world tell us about their interpretation of the blues. One of these storytellers is BB King, considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time.

Tuesday, 11 September at 21:35 CEST | Seine Sessions: Blues

"The term ""jam-session"" was coined in the 1920s when black and white musicians gathered in smoke-filled bars after their respective concerts to enjoy the kind of jazz they could not play in traditional sets. Bing Crosby was a regular at these sessions, and had fun marking the first and third beats of musical phrases by clapping hands, which the musicians call ""jammin 'the beat"". Today, the Seine Sessions is bringing back the happy years of ""jam sessions"", while the best of the jazz, blues, gipsy and funk Parisian scenes occurs on the boards of the legendary restaurant and jazz club Le Réservoir. This episode, hosted by Eddy King, Sally Zemour, and Virgile Aiana features unique blues performances by artists playing together for the first time and interviews with Tommy Foster, Doc Lou, Zoran, and many others.

Tuesday, 18 September at 21:05 CEST | Visions of Music: Buenos Aires Querido

 In this episode of the Visions of Music series, Argentine composer Carlos Franzetti talks about jazz and music from Latin America, such as tango. Tango has a history similar to jazz. This musical style emerged at the turn of the century and combined African and European influences. Tango was associated with forbidden sensuality. Musicians such as Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla played a big role in the development of Argentine tango. Piazzolla has revolutionized traditional tango by creating a new style called nuevo tango, which incorporates elements from jazz and classical music.

Tuesday, 18 September at 21:30 CEST | A Different Way: Rodolfo Mederos

Rodolfo Mederos is a bandoneonist, a composer with an enormous oeuvre, one of the authorities on the tango – and an inspiration to new generations of musicians. Born in Buenos Aires and still living there, the city has always been his muse. And this is apparent every time Mederos plays the bandoneon, be it fronting one of his many ensembles or as a soloist, just the man and his instrument. The sounds of his bandoneon are like musical images of life, like a journey through the corners and times of his native city. Mederos is a child of the modern age, yet constantly aware of his roots. Hundreds of tourists come to Buenos Aires to explore the tango – a genre that has long spread all over the world. Rodolfo is now 65 and at the prime of his career. His struggle for the tango – the lonely campaign of a man and his bandoneon – continues. The future remains uncertain the only road open is straight ahead. The audience – today’s and tomorrow’s – is already waiting.


Tuesday, 25 September at 21:10 CEST | Visions of Music: Global Visions

This episode of Visions of Music presents Salif Keita, a unique artist not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa", but also because he is a direct descendant of the founder of the Kingdom of Mali. His music combines traditional West African styles with European and American influences. He regularly incorporates balafon, djembe, guitar, organ, saxophone, and synthesizers into his titles.

Tuesday, 25 September at 21:35 CEST | Seine Sessions: World Music

The phrase ‘jam session’ came about in the 1920s, when white and black musicians would congregate in smoky bars after their regular paying gigs to play the jazz they couldn't in the ‘Paul Whiteman’ style bands. Bing Crosby would often attend these sessions. Musicians would say he was ‘jammin' the beat’, as he clapped on the first and the third beat, rather than the second and the fourth. Now, in the 21th century, DJAZZ takes this ‘jamming’ into a whole new dimension with Seine Sessions. The crème de la crème of the Paris jazz, blues, gypsy and funk scene performs at the legendary club annex restaurant Le Resevoir. And what’s more: these artists never played with each other on stage before! This episode 'World Music', presented by Eddy King, shows unique performances and interviews of among Teófilo Chantre, Tiwitine and Kinsy Ray.