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Another album of Irish music performed by Bretons  ? …

Attention  ! complementarity, research and creation are the only motivations for these two exceptional musicians...

No question of making clovers in the foam that we serve.

The Irish repertoire is not reduced here to its seductive strength alone.

On the contrary, the accompaniments of the melodies are refined, the ornamentation is carefully adapted.

They both channel their energy as if to keep alive the reminiscences of a crazy dance well beyond the conventional clichés.

A rich and inspired inner journey which is not without contrast thanks to the "over-exposure" and "over-impression" with which the duo plays.

DISTRIBUTION

Erwan Menguy  (flute, low whistle)

Erwan Berenguer  (Guitar)

REFERENCES

Le Festival de Cornouailles, Les Celtiques de Guérande, Festival Roue Waroch, Festival des petites chapelles (Gétigné), Guinguette Alricq, Les mercredis de Tréguier,les mercredis de Loudia, Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Le Toucouleur, Le Kerganer,
La Mission Bretonne, Les Apéros-Breizh Lesconil,
Festival Fileri-Filera ...

PRO SPACE

  Press kit

  Press photo (Photo credit: Maria Menguy)

Technical sheet

DISCOGRAPHY

2017  : " Spring Days ", Klam Records, dist: l'Autre Distribution  

CHRONICLES
 
"The album begins with a guitar intro, solid chords and tunes that build the tension of the flute to bring the melody of The Forgotten Jig, an Erwan Menguy composition. It's evident, from the opening notes , that the flute playing is extraordinary, with fluttering breath tremors and passing nyah moments, the track kicks off on “John Kelly” and ends on jazzy “Adenza's Storm”, reminiscent of Brian Finnegan and Mike McGoldrick, modern masters; Erwan Menguy can hold his own with either one.
De Mina breathes oriental music, a pure flute solo, the call of a minaret, when the guitar arrives we are transported to the Balkans; It is the longest piece, the most complex which develops over more than 7 minutes. They return home to Brittany with “A Greiz Galon” opening on small guitar guitar solo notes before the usual hypnotic Breton dance takes us on a round of Fest noz.
The album closes with a slow Irish track “Cailin Na Griaige Baine”, an emotional ending to a very good album indeed. If you're a flute player, this is a record for your collection, it will challenge you on so many (good) levels."  
Sean Laffey, Irish Music Mag

"Menguy plays the flute and the low whistle, Bérenguer the guitar. Both have Erwan as their first name. They come from Brittany and have played in a variety of Breton dance groups for many years. When they play together, however, they share their love of traditional and composed Irish music and that's what we hear here.
Many of the recent years' recordings of piper with flute and guitar have sought to include sonic touches from other musicians as much as possible, while the guitarist with his instrument tuned in various open chords provides a backing that is as percussive as it is melodious. There is no doubt that this approach produces an exciting sound. But, this album reminds us that there can be a different approach.
The flautist uses many techniques to maintain interest in his playing, cutting off a series of notes to give a staccato effect, using vibrato and generally trying to emphasize the beauty of the tunes he is playing. . A quiet tempo helps with this. The guitarist also varies his approach but basically sees his role as a harmonic although he will sometimes echo the melodic line of the flute with a single string.
Varying the dance tunes with well-chosen slow tunes, and thoughtful programming with occasional double-tracking makes it interesting and enjoyable to listen to."  
Vic Smith, fRoots

"Bringed together within the Klam collective, the duo Erwan Menguy on the wooden transverse flute and Erwan Bérenguer on the guitar, offer us a minimalist and fascinating first CD. Is Brittany a land apart, to regularly offer us talented young musicians producing UFO albums in our standardized musical world?
Imagine going to see a national record company with this type of project: a 100% instrumental album with a flute and a guitar! It's never boring, it's never sad or nostalgic, it's living music, played with two hearts and two sensitive souls for our greatest happiness.
Don't think it's music to listen to in the background in a supermarket! We are in the presence of current traditional music that knows where it has its sources, that claims its heritage, without forgetting that we are in 2017. Listen carefully to "Island of Wood""  
Gérard Viel, 5 Planets

Contact booking:

Fanch Paranthoen /   fanch@klam-records.org / (+33)695 308 008

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