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Jazz in Marciac: Attractive Sounds in an Attractive Place

Emilie Pons reports from jazz festival in the south of France

Marciac is a very small and picturesque village in Gers, in the South of France. Jazz exists in Marciac all year long with a special middle and high school jazz program but it becomes even more intense during the two week jazz festival, in August, when it gets absolutely packed with jazz aficionados. The audience in Marciac is a group of connoisseurs most dedicated to jazz. Marciac Jazz Festival director Jean-Louis Guilhaumon speaks of an “educated and generous audience.”

It may be surprising that Marciac Jazz Festival has been functioning for so long, given its most remote location; but many important musicians have played in Marciac, at least once, and they often come back. Many shows have been recorded in Marciac. Marciac means Maceo Parker, it means Hiromi, and this year, one more time, a lot of great concerts were planned – Richard Galliano, Roy Hargrove or Roberta Gambarini, for instance.

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