The duo, which comprises Florent Charpentier, who plays a clarinet and Melanie Bregant, who plays an accordion, is currently on tour of Africa and has already performed in Madagascar, Sudan and Chad.
Director of Alliance Francaise de Bulawayo, Fabien Invernizzi, who also attended the event, said he was highly impressed by Jeux D’anches’ performance.
“Their performance was highly impressive and the audience’s loud applause was indicative of the fact that they enjoyed themselves,” Invernizzi said.
“This was a great event and Zimbabwe is fortunate to be one of the countries which Jeux D’anches is touring.”
Invernizzi said the combination of a clarinet and accordion may seem odd but the output produced was aesthetic. “When a person first hears that they will be playing an accordion and clarinet, they will wonder how these two instruments can be used in harmony but Jeux D’anches manages to blend the instruments to make beautiful music.”
Jeux D’anches only had one show in Zimbabwe and headed for Mozambique to continue with the tour. Guiding the audience through some of the songs was Charpentier, who said the songs performed were from French, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish and Swiss composers.
The music they played dates back to 19th Century pieces by Maurice Ravel to more recent 21st Century pieces by Anatoli Kusyakov.
About the music pair
Florent Charpentier is a clarinet player born in 1982 who recently won first prize at the prestigious international competition, Printemps de Prague, an award that had not been won by any French clarinet player for 22 years.
Melanie Bregant is also an award-winning instrumental player. She received her award at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with unanimous first-class honors in 2006.
She has won the Concours des Avants-Scenes in 2007 and the Grand Prix International Jeunes Talents in 2008.