Oboman : Oboa, English horn
Didier Ithursarry :Accordion
The improbable dialogues between the poor man’s “piano with straps”, invented during the industrial revolution of the 19th Century, and the ancient aristocratic Oboe, which came to fame during the 18th century… finally take shape and come to life, thanks to the encounter of Oboman and Didier Ithursarryl.
These instruments are neither of the same lineage nor of the same rank: Jean-Baptiste Lully introduced oboes to the French Court of Louis 14th; hordes of oboes, in various sizes, made a great entrance into the music of the Musketeers. And yet, both instruments come from the same family: the family of wind instruments…. One chose free reeds, the other double reeds. But above all, what matters most is the vibration, breath and air. Irony of history: the smallest of the family is known as the piccoloboe… what a strange relative!
A one-man orchestra, the accordionist produces the rhythm, melody and harmony: a man of all trades! The destiny of the oboe from its earliest years at court is to sing the melody.
As for the sound produced by our two free blowers, it is not banal. Here is how you can judge for yourselves:
- Take a few original compositions by our two troubadours.
- Add a few musical gems borrowed from illustrious jazz minstrels from neighboring countries, not forgetting a zest of traditional airs.
- Sprinkle all over with a breath, some tricky fingering and a brilliant imagination.
And you will get Oboreades, an unforgettable musical experience.