Essential Tremors: Colleen

We love Essential Tremors, the podcast and radio show that interviews musicians and other creative people about the music that shaped them. Like last year, on the last Wednesday of each month leading up to the 2024 Big Ears Festival, they’re featuring an artist that will be part of our weekend.

This week, Matt and Lee talk with the beguiling French artist, Cécile Schott, aka Colleen, who we are thrilled to have return to Big Ears after her hypnotic appearances in 2017. She has a wonderful new record out as well, Le Jour et La Nuit Du Réel.

You can listen to the podcast at WYPR-FM’s Podcast CentralNPR’s podcast hub, and wherever else you get your podcasts. Subscribe today!

Mystical and Modern

Fatoumata Diawara and Hatis Noit are two artists from our 2024 lineup melding modern sounds with the traditional sounds of their homeland. Their music transcends genres, both drawing from the sacred, folk, and pop, to form tapestries of sounds unlike any other.

Fatoumata Diawara

Described by The New York Times as “a beguiling talent on vocals and guitar,” Fatoumata Diawara continues to take her artistry to fresh and thrilling heights. Wielding her electric guitar, Diawara writes songs that blend Wassoulou folk music, spiritually centered Afropop, and desert blues — while singing mostly in Bambara, the national language of Mali.

Hatis Noit

Hatis Noit is a Japanese vocal performer hailing from distant Shiretoko in Hokkaido, Japan. Noit’s accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by everything she could find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — and operatic styles to Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting to avant-garde and pop vocalists.

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