Le Continent: A Multilingual Musical Evening with Clémentine March

Le Continent: A Multilingual Musical Evening with Clémentine March
29 August 2020, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

How do you create a space to feel at home amidst personal and political uncertainty? And how do you weave together a musical identity while constantly moving between languages, countries and genres?

French-born, Brazil-trained, London-based singer-songwriter Clémentine March explores these questions in her debut LP, Le Continent, which she describes as “a personal account of a traveller who is trying to find her way everywhere in the world…melted with that strange spirit of the times we’re living.”

Clémentine characterises herself as “an alt-rock teenager from the 90s,” yet one who studied classical guitar from a young age. She followed her love of Vila Lobos, Caetano Veloso and more to Brazil for two years in her 20s, where she became immersed in choro, samba and traditional Brazilian genres. Sung in four languages – English, French, Portuguese and Spanish – and influenced by everything from Nirvana to Milton Nascimento, Clémentine’s melodically idiosyncratic and joyfully wild music embodies her nomadic spirit by recognising no borders – be they musical, linguistic or geographical.

In this evening of performance and discussion, Clémentine shares songs from Le Continent alongside new material, and talks about the challenges and delights of performing across different languages. 

Clémentine March’s debut EP, Les Etoiles à ma Porte (The Stars at My Doorstep) received acclaim from Clash, The Quietus and For The Rabbits among others, and saw her tour extensively in Europe as solo support for acclaimed American indie-rock band Big Thief. In parallel with her burgeoning solo career, Clémentine has become a much in-demand multi-instrumentalist, particularly on bass, for artists including Snapped Ankles, Rozi Plain, Alabaster dePlume, Dana Gavanski, Bamboo, Yama Warashi, Blue House, Bas Jan and Haha Sounds Collective. Her debut LP, Le Continent, was released in 2020 by Lost Map Records.

This free event will be livestreamed on Saturday 29 August at 7pm BST. Booking is not necessary, but by doing so you will be sent a reminder containing the livestream link.

Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. It is part of the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand.


Elizabeth Dearnley