10/01/15 – Discover Brittany in 2015
Discover Brittany in 2015
The October show, Discover Brittany in 2015 is a destination Borne of an ancient culture, settled by the Romans, the Franks and a bevy of Germanic tribes before Charles V, the first of the Holy Roman Emperors in 800. this region hosts the largest coastline in France, with a world class resort at St.Malo, and with one of the largest cultural fests in Finistere and at Lorient, for music and dance. Add their famous “fruits de mer” and “coquilles St.Jacques”, “crepes” and “cider.” It’s also the boating capital of the country, and was the fourth most visited region of France in 2015.
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Guests – Our thanks to the following individuals who helped make this show a winning combination for us:
Discover Brittany in 2015
Jean Christophe Henry
Food: Jean Christophe Henry (Brest - NYC)
Jean Christophe, aka JC, made crepes all his life, but it is only 2 years ago that he started making them professionally at Theater 80 St Marks Place (his last day working there will be Saturday 9/26, the day after the recording). He will soon open his own at 518 east 6th street (between avenue A and B ), hopefully by the end of October 2015.
Bernard le Bris
Food: Bernard le Bris (Concarneau - NYC)
Born in Concarneau, Bernard has worked in Paris and London as a chef. He has been in New York since 1976 where he opened restaurants in Westchester. Father and grandfather, he recently half retired and joined the board of BZH New York.
Wine, bier, cider and spirits: Benoit Ferre(Nantes - NYC)
Benoit is a wine and spirit expert who has been importing and distributing in the US since 2007. He allies an extensive knowledge of the US market and french producers with a strong attachment for his home region.
Jake Otto (Katonah, NY)
Jake began learning about Breton music as he played in bagpipe bands in the Northeast USA. He traveled to Brittany several times in the early 2010s to learn about Breton Music, and to play in Bagadou. He founded Kerlenn New York with others to expose others in North America to Breton music through performance and teaching.
Beacon, New York
Mike is a bagpipe teacher and maker. Playing Scottish bagpipes since 1977; Biniou, Bombarde and Veuze since 1989. He began to learn and study Breton music in 1980 He is a founding member of Bagad New York
Music and festivals
Jean Luc Martin and Jerome Trehorel are respectively President and General Manager of Vieilles Charrues Festival, the largest music festival in France. The 4 day festival welcomes 250,000 persons every summer; major stars have been performing in Carhaix, center of Brittany, including Bruce Springsteen, The Cure, Muse, Lou Reed, James Brown, Lionel Ritchie. Both are in New York to prepare Vieilles Charrues New York, a one day festival celebrating the 25th anniversary that will tentatively take place in Central Park in fall 2016.
Vieilles Charrues Festival – General manager Jean Luc Martin is the president of the Vieilles Charrues festival (as a volunteer). He is also general manager of Tuffigo & Rapidex which conceives and manufactures concepts for ventilation and feeding systems used in poultry and pig farms.
Vieilles Charrues Festival - General manager
Vieilles Charrues Festival – General manager Started as volunteer in 1998, worked as press attache, then as sponsor manager, then communication manager and finally as general manager for the past 3 years.
Marie Reine Jezequel
Danse and Breton language: Marie Reine Jezequel(Brest - NYC)
Marie Reine lives in NYC where she owns the real estate agency New York Habitat (www.nyhabitat.com), which caters to tourists traveling to New York, London, Paris, and the South of France. In Brittany in the 1970s, Marie Reine was instrumental in founding the Diwan school, with a full curriculum in Breton. She is also very knowledgeable about traditional Breton dances, having worked to document, perform, and preserve them through the years.
Architecture and spirituality: Olivier Balavoine (Morlaix - NJ)
Olivier has been a dad at home since 2007, in Morristown, NJ. He recently organized a pilgrimage to Brittany with 10 members of his church. The group spent 10 days travelling across Brittany, visiting churches and other Christians monuments.
Tourism and hospitality: Katharine Bride (NYC)
Kat Bride is a travel and lifestyle consultant at Fischer Travel, the world’s most exclusive travel agency. Based in New York, Kat thrives on introducing clients to ‘under the radar’ destinations around the world. She first travelled to Brittany in 2010 and fell in love with its unique history, landscapes, culture, language and music. Upon returning from this trip Kat began selling Brittany and continues to see interest in the area develop. Before joining Fischer, Kat worked as a concierge and consultant at Mandarin Oriental and InterContinental Hotels. Outside of work Kat is a board member of BZH New York.
Outdoors and sports: Laurent Corbel (Vannes, NYC)
Laurent has called Harlem, New York his home for the past 10 years. He grew up in Arradon, in the beautiful Golfe du Morbihan and in 2004, he settled in the Big Apple to open the NY office of FircoSoft, a French software editor. In 2006, he joined a handful of friends to create BZH New York. Passionate by both Brittany and New York, he loves building bridges between the 2 regions to promote a modern, innovative and attractive Brittany in New York.
Breton music: Kerlenn New York
Kerlenn New York is the only non-profit organisation in America which promotes and develops breton music & culture from Brittany. They have developed the Bagad New York, a band composed of US musicians learning and playing breton music – bag pipe, bombard and drums. http://www.bagad.us.