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Cecile Corbel

Cecile was born in Brittany, at the very end of western Europe, where she discovered and learned to play the celtic harp. After having studied History of art and Archeology in the Louvre, she spent in time in the Celtic band, Tornaod. Then she started a solo career, playing Celtic harp and singing, creating her own repertory of Ecelectic Celtic Music! Now, she lives in Paris and performs in France and abroad.

Cecile is attached to the passing on of knowledge and to encounters: She teaches the Celtic harp, giving private lessons or organizing workshops in Paris and also in Clermont Ferrand. She has been invited twice by the American Harp Society in Louisiana, where she has organized several master classes and concerts.

A redhead fairy, just out of a Broceliande tale, (...) eternal vibrations, powerful culture, charismatic personnality” La terrasse Octobre 2006 Cécile was born in Brittany, the Celtic region in the north-west of France. As a child, she travels all over Brittany with her parents, who were puppeteers. She plays the guitar but it’s in her teens that she discovers the Celtic harp.

At 18, she comes to Paris to study archeology, still dreaming of music. Concert after concert in Parisian pubs and cafés, she self-produces her album « songbook 1 », soon noticed by the label Keltia Musique (Sinead O’Connor, Loreena Mc Kennit)

Her unique harp technique and her appealing young voice sometimes compared to Kate Bush’s, reveal a world encompassing ancient poems, original compositions, Celtic tunes and Mediterranean melodies. She takes you for a trip out of a time. Following the path of prestigious musicians such as Alan Stivell, the young Breton composer and singer now performs her Celtic and world music with her musicians in France and all over the world.

“Corbel belongs to this new generation of European folkies, she is happy to take crusty old folk standards and reinvent them for the 21st-century audience” Sydney morning Herald – February - 2007

“Cécile Corbel sings like a nightingale” Libération – 18 Nov. 2006

”She imposes an enchanting universe with a clever mix of traditionnal Irish songs and Breton tunes”. 20 minutes 2 Nov. 2006

She recently appeared as supporting artist for many great world music musicians including Lunasa, Helen Flaherty, Ousmane Toure, Alan Stivell or the baroque harpist Ariana Savall, daughter of Jordi Savall.

She has also performed at various Festivals and concert halls: La Maroquinerie, Solidays 2005, and International Harp Festival at Dinan (France)... And warmly greeted abroad: Australia and Tasmania (Australian tour 2006 - French festival of Adelaide with Yann Tiersen and Matmatah), Estonia, The Czech Republic, England, United States (Louisiana, Texas)

In 2005 she was awarded the..Prix Paris jeunes talents musique.. (Talented young musician award of Paris)

In 2007, she will perform all over France and in Belgium, Estonia, England, Netherlands and Germany...

She will also perform in the main Celtic rendezvous of the summer, especially in her native Brittany in July and august for 12 concerts.

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January 28, 2006: Cécile Corbel
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Member Name: Celtic Radio
Date Posted: 06-Jan-2008
Comments: Has a great voice, plays harp and is from France!


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