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December 2, 2021

Nouvelle Vague

On November 22, the Palace Hall will sound of bossa nova and punk rhythms in a new concert of the French band who has first performed in Romania in 2008’s B’est Fest.

Nouvelle Vague is a French musical collective led by musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. Their name is a play on words, meaning “new wave” in French, referring to the source of their songs (all covers of punk rock, post-punk, and New Wave songs from the French new wave cinema), and their use of ‘60s bossa nova-style arrangements.

Members, former members and contributors include many French artists who are now very well known on their own and considered as part of what is now called the the “Renewal of French chanson. The group’s first two albums, Nouvelle Vague (2004) and Bande A Part (2006) have sold well over half-a-million copies. On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. The group expanded its musical palette on Bande A Part, adding touches of reggae and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. Tickets can be found in Diverta stores and range from RON 80 to 180.

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