The composer, writer, singer-poet and artistic director of Lo Cor de la Plana, Manu Théron is one of the most charismatic personalities of the cultural scene of his hometown Marseille. He is committed to the Occitan songs in the tradition of Trobaires Marselhès and its mission is the cultural heritage of Provence - to keep the Occitan poetry and music alive.
The Occitan language is one of the oldest and most significant regional languages in France. It is spoken in the Middle Ages of today's Nice to Bordeaux, from Catalonia to the Piedmont. This language was and still is an expression of the soul of the people in the countryside of the South, the everydays life and the multicultural history of the region.
The new Occitan arts and culture was built around 1968 in the wake of the student movement in France. That the "Nova Cancon Occitana" the new Occitan song was for the youth of the South to express their ideas of social justice and cultural identity. This basic idea still bears a broad, imaginative, politically and socially engaged music scene, particularly in Marseille and Toulouse. Musical accomplishments understand these artists to contribute to the active development of today's multicultural society, especially in the urban centers of southern France.
The ensemble brings specially for the carneval season a brand new program of re-arranged and orginal polyphonic pieces in the tradition of "Carnaval occitan". Popular spirituality, festive songs and critical-humorous musical protest - these are the three pillars of their repertoire and soul of Lo Cor de la Plana.