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    The much-anticipated self-titled album from St Germain (Ludovic Navarre), which came 15 years after his last album, Tourist, was released on Nonesuch Records in October 2015 to acclaim. Navarre "remains a sly master of the textural mix," says NPR, and the Wall Street Journal calls it "a clever and very pleasing album, one that justifies the long wait." In support of St Germain, Navarre has embarked on a world tour. In a four-star review of his London concert, the Times wrote: "[St Germain] filled the hall with an ocean of sound. Western instruments mingled with African strings … it took flight, unfurling into life-affirming polyrhythmic jams." Navarre brings the show to North America this spring. A full itinerary is below.

    Today, St Germain debuts a live long-form video clip from his performance at The Bataclan in Paris on November 12, 2015. Filmed by Charlotte Vasseneix, who directed the video for his song "Real Blues," it highlights St Germain's first Parisian show in over a decade. You can watch the video, which premiered via Thump, here:

    For the St Germain live show, which KCRW calls "a must see at this year's Coachella," Navarre will be joined by revered Malian guitarist and n'goni player Guimba Kouyate (whom Brian Eno recently heralded as "the greatest guitar player I've heard for years and years"), Senegalese kora player Cheikh Lo Ouza Diallo, and Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, all of whom perform on the album, as well as Didier Davidas (keyboard), Sadio Kone (n'goni), Edouard Labor (saxophone & flute) and Sullyvan Rhino (bass), with Navarre himself at the center, acting as musical director.

    This Friday, March 11, Navarre digitally releases a new set of four remixes of tracks from the current album, including a remix of "Real Blues" by DJ Deep & Roman Poncet, and three versions of "Sittin Here," by Atjazz, Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul and a Terry Laird Deep Duba Mix. You can get it on iTunes.

    St Germain's albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist originated a genre of French electronic music. His self-titled record marries percussive grooves, always central to his sound, with traditional Malian instruments.

    St Germain features various musicians and singers from the African diaspora and beyond including the touring band's Kouyate, Diallo, and Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian violinist and vocalist Zoumana Tereta on "How Dare You," Senegalese bass player Alioune Wade Malian n'goni player Adama Coulibaly (on "Family Tree"), Malian vocalists Nahawa Doumbia (on "Sittin' Here") and Fanta Babayogo, among others.

    ST GERMAIN ON TOUR

    Apr 2 Webster Hall New York, NY
    Apr 4 House of Blues Boston, MA
    Apr 5 Imperial De Quebec Quebec City, QC
    Apr 6 Metropolis Montreal, QC
    Apr 7 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
    Apr 9 St. Andrew's Hall Detroit, MI
    Apr 10 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
    Apr 11 Fitzgerald Theater St. Paul, MN
    Apr 13 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
    Apr 15 Coachella Indio, CA
    Apr 16 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA
    Apr 18 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
    Apr 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
    Apr 21 Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
    Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA
         
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Watch: St Germain Unveils Video from Bataclan Show in Advance of North American Tour

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St Germain (Ludovic Navarre), in support of his recently released self-titled album, has embarked on a world tour, which comes to North America this spring. Today, St Germain debuts a live long-form video clip from his performance at The Bataclan in Paris on November 12, 2015. Filmed by Charlotte Vasseneix, who directed the video for his song "Real Blues," it highlights St Germain's first Parisian show in over a decade. You can watch the video, which premiered via Thump, here. A digital EP of four remixes of tracks from the new album this Friday.

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The much-anticipated self-titled album from St Germain (Ludovic Navarre), which came 15 years after his last album, Tourist, was released on Nonesuch Records in October 2015 to acclaim. Navarre "remains a sly master of the textural mix," says NPR, and the Wall Street Journal calls it "a clever and very pleasing album, one that justifies the long wait." In support of St Germain, Navarre has embarked on a world tour. In a four-star review of his London concert, the Times wrote: "[St Germain] filled the hall with an ocean of sound. Western instruments mingled with African strings … it took flight, unfurling into life-affirming polyrhythmic jams." Navarre brings the show to North America this spring. A full itinerary is below.

Today, St Germain debuts a live long-form video clip from his performance at The Bataclan in Paris on November 12, 2015. Filmed by Charlotte Vasseneix, who directed the video for his song "Real Blues," it highlights St Germain's first Parisian show in over a decade. You can watch the video, which premiered via Thump, here:

For the St Germain live show, which KCRW calls "a must see at this year's Coachella," Navarre will be joined by revered Malian guitarist and n'goni player Guimba Kouyate (whom Brian Eno recently heralded as "the greatest guitar player I've heard for years and years"), Senegalese kora player Cheikh Lo Ouza Diallo, and Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, all of whom perform on the album, as well as Didier Davidas (keyboard), Sadio Kone (n'goni), Edouard Labor (saxophone & flute) and Sullyvan Rhino (bass), with Navarre himself at the center, acting as musical director.

This Friday, March 11, Navarre digitally releases a new set of four remixes of tracks from the current album, including a remix of "Real Blues" by DJ Deep & Roman Poncet, and three versions of "Sittin Here," by Atjazz, Boddhi Satva Ancestral Soul and a Terry Laird Deep Duba Mix. You can get it on iTunes.

St Germain's albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist originated a genre of French electronic music. His self-titled record marries percussive grooves, always central to his sound, with traditional Malian instruments.

St Germain features various musicians and singers from the African diaspora and beyond including the touring band's Kouyate, Diallo, and Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian violinist and vocalist Zoumana Tereta on "How Dare You," Senegalese bass player Alioune Wade Malian n'goni player Adama Coulibaly (on "Family Tree"), Malian vocalists Nahawa Doumbia (on "Sittin' Here") and Fanta Babayogo, among others.

ST GERMAIN ON TOUR

Apr 2 Webster Hall New York, NY
Apr 4 House of Blues Boston, MA
Apr 5 Imperial De Quebec Quebec City, QC
Apr 6 Metropolis Montreal, QC
Apr 7 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
Apr 9 St. Andrew's Hall Detroit, MI
Apr 10 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
Apr 11 Fitzgerald Theater St. Paul, MN
Apr 13 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Apr 15 Coachella Indio, CA
Apr 16 Mezzanine San Francisco, CA
Apr 18 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Apr 19 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Apr 21 Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA
     
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St Germain: Bataclan, Paris, December 2015

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