is a french popular band created in Paris in 2001, the original
band was composed with Johann Riche (accordion), Pascal
Muller (guitar), Arnaud Soidet (guitare) and Nicolas
Pautras (double-bass). The four young musicians, essentially
self-taught, first played a repertoire of traditional tunes from
the gypsy swing “manouche”, parisian bal musette,
tango, but also yiddish or balkanic musics.
Soon a special alchemy took place and the band started to get
is very own way of playing, mixing the styles, bringing numerous
new influences (jazz, world music, classical, pop, funk, etc),
replacing traditional tunes by original compositions, and creating
a very personnal sound based on impressive energy, expressivity
and complicity combinated to a very free and instinctive playing.
But Beltuner especially get famous by his highly generous
and communicatives concerts, where the musicians give free to
their energy, sensivity and pleasure that allways gain the audience,
sometimes up to some kind of trance and concerts frequently finish
in dancing party! And if you want some music, the band never refuse,
we remember some concerts lasting for at least 6 hours… The continuous
live exchanges, improvisations (or even explorations) also contributed
to gave a very fascinating side to the band perfomances.
Till now the band recorded 3 official albums (Album 1, Album
2 and Tout Simplement) co-produced by Narguilé
Productions and Ici Label, 2 french independent
labels. Albums including live and studio recordings received a
very great welcome from the public and the press. Beltuner also
appears in numerous compilations or even DJs remixes and in 2010
the band was worldwide high-lighted in the album Paris Café
Music produced by World Music Network in the Rough
Guide Series, international reference for world music. In
2014 Beltuner changed one member and welcomes now Mickaël
Correia and his percussions, the new quartet opens new artistic
ways and the band prepares yet a new album to come.
From the very first concert in a tiny old-style parisian bar to
the tours in Europe, Russia, Asia or even Emirates, from a confortable
theater scene to a crazy rock festival, meeting on their road
some of great jazz musicians like Richard Galliano or
Bireli Lagrène, Beltuner is today at
the “avant-guarde of the revival of typical french musics as swing
manouche or musette accordion and also affirm the new music they’re
creating. Their compositions and unic way of playing influence
yet young musicians among the new generation, bringing openings
and freshness in those musics that were quiet neglected by the
Beltuner also express his “modernism” through the graphism,
giving in charge to the parisian artist Nanad’panam the
creation of the poster and album sleeves, allways representing
in a few provocative way the imaged Madame Beltuner.
By this collaboration Beluner also confirm his place in the new
creative popular arts from Paris and especially Ménilmontant,
the old district where you can frequenltly meet the band, especially
in the popular “bistrot” Le Lou Pascalou, where the band
gives since 2005 a free 3 hours concert once a month.
Beltuner left the violin and is now working with a new member,
Mickaël Correia playing drums and percussions! A new new
more percussive era for a new album to come very soon..........