March 4, 2009 | By Paris Update | What's New Art & Culture

SUNDAY SONGS Alexandre (Castagnetti) and Clément (Marchand), two scruffy, good-natured thirty-something French musicians, have won the hearts of the French with their Chansons du Dimanche, bouncy, humorous songs composed and recorded on Saturday – often while the pair sits cross-legged … Read More


January 17, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

Sweet Sounds of the Suburban Melting Pot Something new for la chanson française. The young singer/songwriter Anis Kachohi may have been born and bred in a Paris suburb, but he is no car-burning delinquent, as the media would have us … Read More

Diana Hamilton

December 6, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

A long road from the Bahamas to the French airwaves for Diana Hamilton. A month or so ago, listeners to the radio station FIP (FM 105.1) – famed for its mix of musical styles, soft-voiced female announcers and blessed lack … Read More

Thomas Fersen

October 4, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

Madmen and Pets Thomas Fersen as seen by Jean Baptiste Mondino. Thomas Fersen, considered a representative of the “nouvelle chanson française” along with Vincent Delerm, Bénabar and Cali, falls into the large category of French singer/songwriters who are more interesting … Read More


May 24, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

Moody Murat Jean-Louis Murat: too literary for commercial success? Photo: Jean-Louis Murat © EMI France/Labels Jean-Louis Murat, a poet, singer, songwriter and musician with a dark side, has a hard core of fans in France, but has never been able … Read More

Mathieu Boogaerts

May 17, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

Minimalist Mathieu Mathieu Boogaerts, a song stylist with minimalist charm. Singer/songwriter/musician Mathieu Boogaerts’ new album, Michel (Tôt ou Tard), is deceptively simple and quietly seductive. His quirky singing style is sometimes reminiscent of that of Vincent Delerm, but Boogaerts is … Read More


May 3, 2005 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

New Chanson Française Juliette, once the French Harry Connick, Jr., has struck out in new musical directions. Photo: Lisa Roze Juliette Noureddine, better known as Juliette, made her name by singing in the tradition of French chanteuses like Edith Piaf … Read More