Photo : Stranded Horse © Jasmine Bannister
Un week-end avec Stranded Horse
Nomadic and contemplative folk songs for the kora and guitar
For all ages
This nomadic Normandy-based artist has always had one foot in Africa and the other in France and American folk. He’s back after his concert at Les Tombées de la Nuit in 2017, with a sixth album, Grand Rodeo (from Ici, d’ailleurs). These inventive and gentle songs build acoustic and mellow melodies intertwined with the strings of the kora, guitar and violin. Yann Tambour has been working for fifteen years now under the stage name Stranded Horse, blending African rhythm, folk and ballads in French and in English, with exciting and unique stateless musical objects that he will play over two days, in a solo or duo format, as the festival offers him carte blanche.

Yann Tambour is originally from Normandy and is now back living near Granville. He started with the project Encre, before discovering African music and a passion for the kora, a Malian instrument reminiscent of the harp/lute, with 21 strings, which is now popular across all of West Africa. He started to build these instruments himself for his albums, Churning Strides (2007), Thee, Stranded Horse And Ballake Sissoko (2008), Humbling Tides (2012), Transmission (2013) and Luxe (2016). Folk and Anglo-American influences are transcended by this instrument of the African griot storytellers, oscillating in all directions, from sounds reminiscent of Middle Age modes to complex trans-African rhythms and Caribbean quadrilles.

In his latest multi-faceted opus, Grand Rodeo, koras and crystalline guitars take us into a cosmopolitan and contemplative world where carnal beats are the source of all the collisions and blending. Sometimes it is reminiscent of Pierre Vassiliu, Dominique A or Piers Faccini, with deceptively sombre texts that are far more pointed than you might imagine. Together with his partners Boubacar Cissokho, Sébastien Forrester and Miguel Bahamondès-Rojas, Yann Tambour has invented an organic pop that seems to flow like water to the four corners of the world, proving that ballads remain an incredible means of inspiration for travel and for redistributing the northern and southern hemispheres into a myriad of other territories.



Yann Tambour officially launched his career in 2001 under the name Encre, working with a subtle blend of string instruments, voices, piano and sampling. After three electro albums based on sampling and harmonies, he discovered the kora and radically changed his writing. He travelled to North and West Africa, and to Central Europe, China and Japan. These travels and musical explorations undoubtedly shaped the open-mindedness that came to characterise his new alias, Stranded Horse. After two albums, Thee, stranded horse (2005) and Churning Strides (2007), he signed with the Bordeaux label, Talitres, and re-released his first record as a duo, with kora master, Ballake Sissoko (Thee, Stranded Horse and Ballake Sissoko, 2008) along with three other albums: Humbling Tides (2011), Transmission (2013) and Luxe (2016). His latest album, Grand Rodeo, has seen him switch to the label, Ici, d’ailleurs.


Yann Tambour (kora, guitare, chant), Anissa Nehari (guitare, percussions, chant), Miguel Bahamondes (Violon, samples, chant)

Saturday 09 July 2022
16:45 > 17:45
Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes
Duo Yann Tambour & Anissa Nehari
Saturday 09 July 2022
22:15 > 23:15
Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes
Duo Yann Tambour & Miguel Bahamones, set Grand Rodeo
Sunday 10 July 2022
12:30 > 13:15
Hôtel Pasteur, Rennes
Solo Yann Tambour
Sunday 10 July 2022
17:00 > 17:45
Parc des Tanneurs, rue Saint-Martin, Rennes
Duo acoustique Yann Tambour & Miguel Bahamondes

PASTEUR > Métro : République • Bus : 44, C3, Arrêt Place Pasteur / PARC DES TANNEURS > Bus : 12, Arrêt Auberge de Jeunesse • Vélo Star : 158 rue de Saint-Malo
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