Szabadság gathers Ariane Cohen-Adad, violinist franco-sephardi and Jefferson Louvat, mandolinist belgo-hungarian. Together they cross their routes blending music from Eastern Europe, Klezmer-Balkans with those from Northern America, Bluegrass and Irish folk. The Szabadság Duo distils this adage with finesse and emotion in their set, preserving their heritage and passing it on with generosity. Their latest album ‘Ellis Island’, released in 2020, is a perfect example.
Jefferson started to play the mandolin at age 11 without knowing which instrument it was exactly. Mainly self-taught, his curiosity rapidly led him to discover fabulous musicians from the Bluegrass scene whom he drew an endless inspiration from for many years. The virtuosity acquired with the Bluegrass school combined to his sensitivity inherited from his Hungarian roots helped him to develop a subtle, authentic and dynamic style of play.
In the heart of the musical expression, Ariane develops a sensitive violin style of play having no boundaries. At age seven, she begins her classical violin studies bringing her a first prize at the Lyon Academy of Music. At fifteen, her dad introduces her to Klezmer music through different projects including theatre, yiddish songs and tales.
Szabadsag is nominated at the Octaves de la Musique 2021 in the World Music category with its new album Ellis Island!
Please note: this concert takes place in the garden of the Peruchet Marionette Museum, in the open air. So bring a jumper and a mackintosh in case of cold or rain.
“There’s a wonderful mandolin and violin duet coming from Belgium.
Great improvisations, tight arrangements, grooves that swing.”
– Mike Marshall –
Ariane Cohen-Adad : violin, viola, 5-string fiddle, vocals
Jefferson Louvat : mandolin, mandola, mandocello