Sat June 24th

Les Traversées Festival – 2023

JUNE 16th, 17th, 18th and 24th, JULY 1st and 8th
Concerts, performances, meet and greets, visits…
Over one weekend and three Saturdays, let yourself be carried by the spirit of this place. Discover its different areas, from the Abbey church to the gardens, with artists from every horizon. Seven days of concerts, encounters and exchanges showcasing an intermingling of music types, with a strong sense of sharing and conviviality.

Download the festival programme leaflet (in french)


Lay brothers' dormitory


Louis Sclavis, saxophone / Annabelle Luis & Bruno Ducret, cello / Keyvan Chemirani, zarb – daf


Nomadic Jazz


In the presence of a trio of musical tight-rope walkers, the saxophonist Louis Sclavis takes some offbeat paths between jazz, written music and Persian tradition, with a panoramic sense of imagination and inspiration .


Flagship figure of European improvised music, Louis Sclavis, the saxophonist and clarinet player, has always rubbed his XXL size jazz with other musical traditions, whether they are from nearby or far away. The Cadences du monde (Cadence of the World), his latest project for a quartet, is inspired from a book by the photographer Frédéric Lecloux, “L’Usure du monde” (“The Wear of the World”, a nod to Nicolas Bouvier’s “L’Usage du monde” translated as “The Way of the World”), the fruit of a journey from ex Yugoslavia to Pakistan, via Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Landscapes that Sclavis, supported by three musical tight-rope walkers like himself, produce compositions which spin at times and are sometimes contemplative, eventually becoming like the stages of a pulsating imaginary voyage.




Youmna Saba, oud, electronics & vocals


Lebanese music and poetry


Flagship of Beirut’s alternative scene, Youmna Saba, with her electronically augmented oud, explores the musicality of the Arabian language when it is sung: it’s a moment of poetry which is both outside time and unsettlingly modern.


Since her beginnings in 2006 in Beirut, Youmna Saba has continually developed towards refinement: she came from the pop world and gradually turned towards music tinged with electroacoustics, with electronic processing suddenly difracting, upsetting or extending the sound of the electic oud that she accompanies herself with. She is moving towards refinement and poetry: today, she’s interested in the musical structure of the Arabian language, and how it can be modelled on the composition itself when it is sung. It is both pared down and rustling with a lot of infinitesimal details, fragile and inhabited, her intemporal music could only have been created today.





Meet and greet with Youmna Saba, hosted by David Sanson, Noirlac Abbey artistic advisor.



Picnic break

Bring your own food to our picnic or just book one of our picnic baskets


Abbay Church


Oua-Anou Diarra, tambin – talking drum – jeli ngoni – Calabash – vocals
Regional Orchestra of Normandy – Jean Deroyer, director

African Symphonic Fresco


From a jazz background, the double bass player Yves Rousseau delivers with Alter Ego a breathless – and very cinematic – “encounter between two worlds” (orchestral writing and oral tradition, Europe and Africa). Here we are talking about common listening, resonance and pulsation.


“When I composed this suite divided into seven distinct pieces, I dreamed, imagined and then gave life to the meeting between two worlds, that of written music and that of oral tradition: a path marked out with melodic and rhythmic encounters, which takes care never to erase the particularities of each world, instead always trying to include them as resonance.”  It is in these terms that double-bassist Yves Rousseau, from a jazz background, presents Alter Ego, a suite for orchestra commissioned by the Regional Orchestra of Normandy. Creating a dialogue between classical musicians and Oua-Anou Diarra, the Burkina Faso multi-instrumentalist, Alter Ego should be enjoyed as a film where we are allowed to create images, as of we were listening to a passionate conversationbetween two wise old men. A conversation which is impressive with its beauty, the extent of its themes, its melodic, rhythmic and sonic wealth.

Useful information


From April 4th
Tuesdays to Fridays, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm call 02 48 62 01 01
and via Ticketing on this website

Write to or visit:
Abbaye de Noirlac
18200 Bruère-Allichamps


20 € Full price - 3pm concert

15 € Reduced rate - 3pm concert

15 € Full price - 5.30pm concert

11 € Reduced rate - 5.30pm concert

Free Meet and greet

14 € Picnic baskets

25 € Full price - 9pm concert

18 € Reduced rate - 9pm concert

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Les Traversées Festival > June 16th

Friday 16 June

Grégory Jolivet, alto hurdy gurdy // San Salvador, traditional music

Les Traversées Festival > June 17th

Saturday 17 June

Sylvain Lemêtre // Béla Quartet and Sabîl Duo // Catherine Contour and Bertrand Gauguet // La Tempête Company

Les Traversées Festival > June 18th

Sunday 18 June

Catherine Contour and Bertrand Gauguet, bocage tour or sound workshop // Vanessa Wagner // Sylvain Lemêtre

Les Traversées Festival > July 1st

Saturday 1 July

Rassegna Company // Iva Bittová and Maud Herrera // Le Consort and Adèle Charvet

Les Traversées Festival > July 8th

Saturday 8 July

Les Kapsber'girls // Le Banquet du Roy // Les Métaboles - Léo Warinsky, director

Flâneries lumineuses

Friday 21 July

A walk through the abbey and its gardens, transformed by light projections at nightfall.

A stroll through the Light

Saturday 12 August

A stroll through the Abbey and gardens, transformed by light projections at nightfall.

Mornings at the Abbey – September 24th

Sunday 24 September

Coffee reception / Conference by Mélanie Traversier, historian and actress / Concert by the Bòsc Ensemble

Mornings at the Abbey – October 8th

Sunday 8 October

Coffee reception / Conference by Florent Coste, historian / Concert by Vincent Lhermet, accordion

Whispers in your ear – Family Festival

Saturday 21 October

Enjoy the beginning of the Autumn/All Saints holidays with shows, visits and workshops with all the family. An a la carte programme full of emotion, enthusiasm, learning and creation!