Occitan polyphonic singing band
Galip is an Occitan (see note below) polyphonic singing group of Bordeaux origin (France).
Galip is influenced by Occitan bands and musicians such as Gacha Empega, Lo Còr de la Plana, Bad Hair, Pierre Boissiere, Guillaume Lopez, JF Tisnèr, Artús Cocanha... We are also inspired by current music and world music with various aesthetics. Based on the polyphonic singing in Occitan language, our proposal incorporates percussion and can accommodate instruments according to cravings, meetings. Our repertoire, which is being developed, is structured around covers, adaptations and compositions. Regarding our original songs, we want to get out of oblivion of north "Gascon" texts (see note below) by setting it to music and dance.
The band is open to collaborative experiences. In this sense, we are working with David Escarpit regarding the valorization of literature and Girondins / Bordelais texts. Vincent P Gaillard ensures the sound, audiovisual and multimedia approach, whether for recordings, concerts or web publications. Finally, we will would envisage with a great pleasure to the participation and contributions of composers or arrangers evolving in the Occitan universe. The door is wide open !
We gave last year a first concert in the Medoc (see note below)as a test run. We are currently working on publishing our directory and looking for our sound. Our first dates are 2019.
We envisage representations "all terrain" with the usual circuits but also in the street, in the unusual places, sometimes intimist and of course the balls, privileged moments to share the Occitan culture with the greatest number. In a second time will come live recordings, studio, audio and video.
Origin and meeting
Carole is at the origin of the project. "For many years, I had the desire to create a vocal group of rhythmic polyphony with traditional and current influences. In 2017, Amandine, Jérémie, Delphine and myself we are met during scenes, concerts, Occitan cultural events. We quickly became connected, humanly and musically. The pleasure of singing together have did the rest. Passionate and epicurean, we like to meet us during festive moments to share our love of Occitan language, good food, laughter and singing. Galip is the fruit of this meeting. It's our way of living the language."
Carole Gourg. Project initiator / singer. 44 years. Professor of bilingual French / Occitan schools. Ethnomusicologist / guitarist / bassist / singer in various formations on Bordeaux – audio recording of Occitan speakers / dance performance with the CORDAE during 5 years - traditionnal danser and singer for 20 years - member of the OcBi associative organisation.
Amandine Ramette. Singer / Percussionist. 25 years. Practitioner in Chinese Medicine in Toulouse. Drummer and dancer. Learning the singing and the Iberian percussion. Former drummer and singer of the "trad-rock" band "Puérile Sagesse" in Bordeaux. Official masseuse of CAMOM festivals, Cie Guillaume Lopez and Occitans.
Jérémie Obispo. Singer. 38 years old. Currently Deputy Director of OPLO in Bordeaux. Co-founder of the group "Magicians d'Oc" (1999) - various works around Félix Castan and the movement "Linha Imaginòt", organization of concerts in 2000s, experience in the teaching of Occitan , entry in regional institutions.
Delphine Lafon. Singer. 41 years. Actress (who grew up listening to the weather of Pèire Boissière and the stories of Marie-Odile Dumeaux !) Trained at the Théâtre du Jour (Agen), member of the company Zygomatic (Bressuire), Ensemble "UN and Impro Vox" (Bordeaux ), dubbing work in Occitan with Conta'm, co-holder of Calandreta de la Dauna (Peçac).
Galip is the name given to the wood chips used to light the fire. It evokes imaginary of softwood forests, the effervescence of the danse and the spark that animates us and guides us in this project.
About « Gascogne / Gascon »
Gascony (/ˈɡæskəni/; French: Gascogne [ɡaskɔɲ]; Gascon: Gasconha [ɡasˈkuɲɔ]; Basque: Gaskoinia) is an area of southwest France that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution. The region is vaguely defined, and the distinction between Guyenne and Gascony is unclear; by some they are seen to overlap, while others consider Gascony a part of Guyenne. Most definitions put Gascony east and south of Bordeaux. It is currently divided between the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine (departments of Landes, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, southwestern Gironde, and southern Lot-et-Garonne) and the region of Occitanie (departments of Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, southwestern Tarn-et-Garonne, and western Haute-Garonne). Gascony was historically inhabited by Basque-related people who appear to have spoken a language similar to Basque. The name Gascony comes from the same root as the word Basque (see Wasconia below). From medieval times until today, the Gascon language has been spoken, although it is classified as a regional variant of the Occitan language. Gascony is the land of d'Artagnan, who inspired Alexandre Dumas's character d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. It is also home to Henry III of Navarre, who later became king of France as Henry IV.
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gascony
About « The Médoc »
The Médoc (French pronunciation: [meˈdɔk]; Gascon: Medòc [meˈðɔk]) is a region of France, well known as a wine growing region, located in the département of Gironde, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, north of Bordeaux. Its name comes from (Pagus) Medullicus, or "country of the Medulli", the local Celtic tribe. The region owes its economic success mainly to the production of red wine; it is home to around 1,500 vineyards. The area also has pine forests and long sandy beaches. The Médoc's geography is not ideal for wine growing, with its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean resulting in a comparatively mild climate and high rainfall making rot a constant problem. It is generally believed that the nature of the region's wine derives from the soil; although the terrain is flat, excellent drainage is a necessity and the increased amount of gravel in the soil allows heat to be retained, encouraging ripening, and extensive root systems.
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9doc
About « Occitan / Occitanie »
Occitania (Occitan: Occitània, IPA: [uksiˈtanjɔ], [ukʃiˈtanjɔ], [usiˈtanjɔ], [uksiˈtanja] or [utsiˈtanjɔ]) is the historical region and a nation, in southern Europe where Occitan was historically the main language spoken, and where it is sometimes still used, for the most part as a second language. This cultural area roughly encompasses the southern third of France, as well as part of Catalonia (Aran Valley), Monaco, and smaller parts of Italy (Occitan Valleys, Guardia Piemontese). Occitania has been recognized as a linguistic and cultural concept since the Middle Ages, but has never been a legal nor a political entity under this name, although the territory was united in Roman times as the Seven Provinces (Latin: Septem Provinciæ) and in the Early Middle Ages (Aquitanica or the Visigothic Kingdom of Toulouse, or the share of Louis the Pious following Thionville divisio regnorumi in 806).
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occitania