, Midwest Premiere
“With just those voices and percussion, they did remarkable things … The music was equally robust and intricate.” —New York Times
Singing in the disappearing Romance language of Occitan, the vocal and percussion ensemble Lo Còr de la Plana of Southern France not only brings a captivating ancient culture to life, but combines its rich traditions with 21st-century polyphony and subtle electronics. On their first U.S. tour, the irrepressible men of Lo Còr combine bendir drums, tambourines, footstomping, and hand-clapping with drones and call-and-response to create an utterly infectious musical experience. Their art reflects influences ranging from chant to Bartók, Middle Eastern vocal tonalities to the Massilia Sound System.