Emmanuel Tellier donnera une conférence à 19h le 30 octobre aux services culturels de l’Ambassade de France sur le thème de l’influence des chanteurs américains sur leurs contemporains français. Fort de ses nombreuses rencontres (Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Patti Smith et tant d’autres). Tellier évoquera les rencontres nombreuses entre artistes français et américains, démontrant son propos par des extraits sonores.*******************************************************************************************************************49 Swimming Pools is a new french act fronted by singer-songwriter Emmanuel Tellier, along with long-time friends Etienne Dutin (on guitars) and Fabien Tessier (drums and many nice other instruments).Their first album, recorded over the last two years, is called Triumphs and Disasters, Rewards and Fairytales. It was recorded in France, in the Loire Valley. It was produced by Fabien Tessier. The band then went to New York for post-production at Sterling Sound with the world-famous Chris Gerhinger - one of the only guys in the States who can actually name all the players of the french soccer team (even the bad ones...)

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    New York, October 6, 2009—A special French Rock Friday on October 30 will give American audiences a taste of the exciting contemporary French rock scene inspired by America. The evening’s highlight will be an 11:30pm concert at Joe’s Pub by 49 Swimming Pools, a French alternative rock band that has just released its first album to critical acclaim. Les Inrocks, one of France’s leading cultural commentators, calls their music “refined and ambitious, pop made in France but dreamed up in America.” Prior to the concert, the evening will begin at 7pm at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with a free conference featuring live musical accompaniment. A musical journey through the history of American alternative music—and how it has inspired and influenced French artists—will be presented by Emmanuel Tellier, the eminent music critic and editor-in-chief of the cultural weekly Télérama and the lead vocalist of 49 Swimming Pools.

    Fri Oct 30


    A musical journey through the history of American alternative music—and how it has inspired and influenced French artists

    Cultural Services of the French Embassy

    972 Fifth Ave (at 79th street)


    Free Admission - Limited Seating

    RSVP required: vip@frenchculture.org

    Fri Oct 30


    49 Swimming Pools Concert

    Joe’s Pub

    425 Lafayette Street (near Astor Place)


    Price: $12

    49 Swimming Pools is a critically acclaimed French band with a twist: they love American rock and mostly perform in English! With Emmanuel Tellier (piano and vocals), Fabien Tessier (drums, accordion, keyboards, percussions, back vocals) and Etienne Dutin (guitars, bass, back vocals) proudly flaunting their Anglo-Saxon inspiration, their glorious collection of pop songs bring to mind John Lennon, Neil Young, and recent north-American artists like Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Wilco or Sufjan Stevens. As an extra treat, a phantasmagorical film will be projected on the band as it plays. According to Emmanuel Tellier, this cut-up of moving images and photography is “the visual trace of a dream I could have had.”

    Their first album, Triumphs and Disasters, Rewards and Fairytales, was released in September 2009 in Europe on CD and worldwide in multiple digital formats. The Nouvel Observateur, France’s most widely circulated weekly, called it “very convincing” and SFR Magazine talks of the “refined and captivating atmosphere” in a “little hallucinatory jewel, for all the whimsical who want to go on the other side of the mirror.”

    Before the concert, lead vocalist Emmanuel Tellier, who in his spare time is also the editor-in-chief of the French cultural weekly Télérama, will set the scene and discuss the passionate relationship between the U.S. folk-rock scene and music fans and musicians on the other side of the Atlantic. In the sixties, British and American songs were all the rage, and French singers would make French versions of Anglo-Saxon pop songs in the hope of emulating their success. Today, America continues to seduce and influence French artists, but on a deeper and broader level: songs aren’t imitated, styles are. The 90-minute presentation will be punctuated by songs and extracts of songs, some played live. Audience members will receive a sheet of recommendations and playlists, a little “recipe of musical cuisine,” to introduce them to the latest in French rock.

    For more information: www.myspace.com/49swimmingpools

    www.frenchculture.org [ Press user name: press | password : pressattach ]

    Cultural Attaché, Head of the Visual and Performing Arts Dept:

    Jérôme Neutres — (212) 439 1483


    Press Attaché:

    Amaury Laporte — (212) 439 1417




    Emmanuel Tellier’s main influences are The Velvet Underground, The Smiths, David Bowie and contemporary American bands such as Sparklehorse, Wilco and The Flaming Lips.

    He studied English in college, and speaks it fluently. He has lived in England for a while, but Paris is his home.

    Emmanuel started the piano at the age of 6. He was writing songs at 13, but already had another early passion: for journalism and everything that goes with it. He began to combine his love (and knowledge) of rock music and his writing skills at the age of 21, when he joined the influential French magazine Les Inrockuptibles.

    Eleven years later, when he decided to quit, he had met with many great stars (and some of his personal heroes), including Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Morrissey, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Patti Smith, REM, Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey, and many many more.

    He is now working for the French weekly Télérama, but spends a lot of time on his music, constantly writing new songs and instrumental themes on his piano.

    Emmanuel Tellier was the leader and singer of Chelsea (1990-1995) and Melville (1996-1999). He also did an album with a side-project name LaGuardia. All together, he has recorded a total of six albums.
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