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« Bernard Lortat-Jacob. Entretien avec Alain Morel »

Bernard Lortat‑Jacob
Alain Morel
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“Bernard Lortat-Jacob. Interview with Alain Morel”, collection “L’Ethnologie en héritage”, n°23, director : Gilles Le Mao ; producers : Gilles Le Mao & Stéphane Jourdain /La Huit, 2018, 180 min.

Why is music so important in the small rural societies of the Mediterranean and so essential to the success of their celebrations? It is because, within the framework of regulated performances, it embraces and involves everyone in a shared emotion. Combining intimate mechanisms, formal systems and collective behaviours, it says, in its own way, who one is or who one should be. Bernard Lortat-Jacob (born in 1941) therefore practices an ethnology of the great divide: from the vibration of the vocal chords to the rumours of the piazza. In his wake, he invites us to observe village music: in the High Atlas, in Sardinia, in Albania and in Romania. His research was conducted within the Laboratoire d’ethnomusicologie du Musée de l’Homme (CNRS) and the PhD teaching programme at the University of Paris X Nanterre-La Défense, which he headed for nearly twenty years.

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