Posts Tagged ‘Edith Piaf’

Paris music: Caroline Nin performs cabaret

Paris Music: A Tribute to Piaf

No trip to Paris is complete without a night out at the theater or to a Paris music performance. Caroline Nin, a cabaret singer on the scene since the 1980s, has created a tribute to that most beloved of Parisian musical artists, the national treasure Edith Piaf, in a new bilingual performance guaranteed to delight Paris music fans, jazz lovers and Francophiles alike, in “Hymne à Piaf.”

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Girl Talk with Caroline Nin, French Chanson Artist

Is French chanson dead? Not according to Caroline Nin, who is thriving and singing around the world in the French chanson tradition (think Edith Piaf). I had a chance to catch up with Caroline in between her gigs and chat about music and Paris.

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Cocktails at L'Etage

Secret Bars in Paris: L’Etage

As you enter through the front door of the oh-so-new-and-trendy Les Jalles, it may seem like your typical, fabulous French restaurant. But if you know to ask, the impeccably attentive waitstaff will lead you upstairs to the Prohibition-style cocktail lounge called L’Etage, the newest retro bar in Paris. Walking up the stairs, it seems as though you enter a time different from your own. A time that feels simpler and far more romantic.

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Parc de Belleville, in Paris

Belleville in Paris

Belleville is set apart from the Paris of historical landmarks and glowing monuments, and worlds away from the Paris of designer labels of the Champs Elysées. Belleville in Paris is an area that is historically home to the middle class, and now hosts pockets of various ethnicities—including Asian, Arab and Jewish—as well as bobos. “Bobo” refers to “bourgeois bohemian” and is a term used to describe yuppie hipsters. This mélange of culture also makes Belleville a great destination for delicious cuisine.

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French Music: A Sampling

Born in Belleville, Paris, Edith Piaf had an early life most would consider not exactly rosy. More or less abandoned by her parents as an infant, she was discovered as a musician in 1935. Her popularity in France skyrocketed, though she was not popular at first in the US; Americans found her too dismal.

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