Nouvelle Vague


Nouvelle Vague at Jazz in the Park 2018! June 30th, #Cluj, Central Park. We have been waiting for this news for so, sooo long! A concert presented by Staropramen, official partner of #jazzinthepark festival for the 4th year now.

Bossa Nova = Nouvelle Vague = New Wave. This transliteration was the starting point for Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s unique project, which, by appropriating the punk and post-punk cannon and running it through the Bossa Nova filter, reinvented the cover band genre, revealing new and brilliant talents along the way: Camille, Phoebe Killdeer (whose Fade Out Lines was remixed by The Avener,) Nadeah, Mélanie Pain, and, soon, Liset Alea. The gambit paid off, with sales of over one million records over four albums released between 2004 and 2010, and world tours that included stops at venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and Paris’ Olympia.

Back in 2011, Nouvelle Vague had stopped recording and it has been focusing ever since on creating an innovative live show in collaboration with the mythical Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (Ceremony and Dawn of innocence,) and branching out into different projects: Olivier’s Uncovered Queen of the Stone Age, and Marc’s Bristol, together with his Kwaidan label. Reworked versions of Nouvelle Vague classics, recorded with traditional live musicians along the way during the last few years, Starwood/le Méridien Hotel: In A Manner of Speaking with a Cuban band from Tampa, Killing Moon in a Mexican mariachi lilt, Ever Fallen in Love with Indian instruments – proving once more that these songs can be stretched and molded to fit any genre, in the same way as the Beatles or Bacharach repertoires. For the first time, remixes by Dream Koala, Caravan Palace and many other surprises!

A Marc Collin-directed documentary retelling the project’s history from its inception:  its albums, vocalists and also footage of its most dreamworthy moments all around the world. And, of course, a worldwide tour which will begin in Europe and Asia in the fall and will carry on around South America and the U.S.A. in the new year, and will feature the entire crew on stage, together with Marc and Olivier: Mélanie Pain, Élodie Frégé, and Liset Alea.

The access is free, and if you want you can buy a non-mandatory ticket to support the Jazz in the Park Fund. Non-mandatory tickets are available here and on, Eventim and BiletMaster.