DAN AR BRAZ
- label:Kerne Production
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
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Dan Ar Braz was born in Quimper, at the end of Brittany.
In 1960s, Dan Ar Braz met Alan Stivell. This encounter was decisive as Alan increased his awareness of intimate relationships between rock and celtic music. Partly due to possibilities exploration offered by this new connection Dan built up his musical identity. He toured all over the world with Alan Stivell since 1972. In 1976, he joined the British folk rock band Fairport Convention with whom he toured on international stages.
In 1977, Dan Ar Braz left his spiritual father (Alan Stivell) to fend for himself. He finally recorded his first albums (19 solo albums to date) and toured on his own around Europe and especially in Great Britain, Danemark and Italy, then in US and Canada.
In 1993, he dedicated a tribute to Celtic music with L'Heritage des Celtes (Celtic Legacy), created during Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper. Dan performed on stage with more than 70 musicians. Thanks to the great success, Dan Ar Braz and his musicians recorded L'Heritage des Celtes, selling more than a million copies and around 20 000 video tapes and DVD. This journey earned him two Victoires de la Musique (French Music Award), Grand prix de la Sacem and led him to the Eurovision in 1996. In 2000, Dan Ar Braz ended L'Heritage des Celtes tour with one last concert in Lorient in front of 20 000 spectators.
The turn of the 21st century draws a new path, highlighted by three beautiful albums. In 2001, this is La Memoire des Volets Blancs (White shutters' memory) which he had dreamt to record for more than15 years. Two years later, A Toi et Ceux (To You and Them), then in 2007, the album Les Perches du Nil (Nile Perches).
In 2012, Dan wishes to celebrate his Brittany and records his new album Celebration. On June 20th, the audience discovers his new compositions, but also a new band. The CELEBRATION TOUR has started and already sets Brittany at the core of a new Celtic wave. Surrounded by numerous musicians and the famous Bagad Kemper (Quimper pipeband), Dan sublimates his culture and country to make us dream again.