How will music save the East?
André Manoukian
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 1 February 2018, at 7 pm

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How can the East overcome its convulsions through music? How can cultural creativity reconcile the East and the West? How can jazz and Eastern music meet in harmony and complement one another?

Join us for a musical sociology conference and meet author and composer André Manoukian who will discuss the inter-musical links which unite styles, cultures, and tastes. With the release of his latest album, Apatride, André Manoukian takes us on a journey of discovery of the unknown territories of the musical East in the name of peace and reconciliation between peoples…

Born in Lyon in 1957, André Manoukian grew up in an Armenian family where open-mindedness to the world around him was an essential part of his education. His father introduced him to philosophy, music, and the mountains. Manoukian dropped out of medical school to turn towards music, especially jazz, then opted to continue his studies at the Berklee College of music in Boston. Upon his return to France, he discovered singer Liane Foly, wrote her biggest pieces and worked with several French and international artists.
In 2003, André Manoukian became a jury member of the popular TV series La Nouvelle Star. He did more and more television and radio segments and hosted several TV series in France, all the while continuing to produce music and write books, including La Mécanique des fluides in 2008 (Michel Lafon) and Deleuze, Sheila et moi published by Calmann-Lévy. A jazz specialist, he is the director of the Cosmojazz Festival, launched in 2010, which is held annually in the Alps in Chamonix – a venue which offers a moment of complete bliss, contemplation and harmony between man, nature, and music. His latest album, Apatride (his fourth solo album), is a symbiosis of the East and the West, jazz and eastern music, which combines the distinctive melancholy of Armenian sounds and rhythms and the universal ideal of jazz.

Gaidz Minassian is journalist at Le Monde and teacher at Science Po, Paris.

Centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
B – 1050 Brussels

Price: 12€
7€ for the members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for students under 26

In French

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