Printemps Des Alizés – Essaouira: Tolerance and Intimacy

With stunning moments of music and arts, the city of Essaouira hosted the 19th edition of ‘Le Printemps Des Alizés’ from April 25 to 28 to pay tribute to greatest classical musicians and composers by talented artists in a beautiful concert.

The city of Essaouira, which is also known as ‘la ville des Alizés’, has shown its passion and love towards music.

This year’s edition of ‘Le Printemp des Alizés’ was quite a successful one in terms of the quality of the program and its interest and openness to cultural musical ceremonies, especially that the concerts took place in a synagogue, church, and in Dar Swiri that has a significant place in Morocco’s history, as a testimony to the love and passion the city gives to arts and music.

This year’s festivals and concerts were the most outstanding since the beginning of this festival 19 years ago. They shed light on the “chamber music” and a number of classical musicians such as Brahams, Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven and Vivaldi. The musicians and artists presented intimate music in duos, trios, quartets and quintets.

As usual, Dar Swiri managed to highlight the musical notes of the soloists like Guillaume Vincent on the piano, Raphael Sevère on clarinet, the talented soprano Marie-Laure Garnier, and the pianist Tristan Raes.

‘Le printemps des Alizés’ has invested a new place which is “Bayt Dakira”, an old synagogue renovated and reformed to save the heritage of the mixture cultures exist in the city. As a result, this investment succeeded in welcoming and bringing all music and arts of this assortment and preserving the memory and spirit of the beautiful city of Essaouira.

The talented Hamza Bennani Smiress along with his band have participated in the closing concert as they took the opportunity to pay tribute to Erik Satie. Hamza Bennani played a jazz version with his trumpet of the classical songs of Eric Satie and he successfully made the rhymes flow and travel through Jazz and Latin Chaabi. It was a quite stunning and a pleasure for the ears.

This year’s edition of the festival des Alizés came back to it’s audience and admirers with intimate music that has always served as a landmark of this fesitival.

See you all next year!

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