musical group of the Alpine region, La Kinkerne was founded
in 1974 by Jean-Marc JACQUIER (musician, bohemian, researcher, collector
of folk songs, music, legends, and traditions of the old Duchy of
Savoy). Jean-Marc is also the co-founder of the MUSIK'ALPES festival
in the French city of Faverges.
perpetuates tradition through a musical message, through a simple
and earnest lifestyle that is the hallmark of the people of the
Alp (the mountain grazing meadow).
of the group:
Jean-Marc JACQUIER ( voice, Alphorn, champourgne, hurdy-gurdy, accordeon ). He lives in a chaotic house in Ville-la-Grand (Faucigny) and
was joined in the group in 1976 by
Christian ABRIEL (voice, tin whistles, fiddle, Alpine percussion, ocarina); originally from Geneva, and a noted specialist of the Savoyard «violny» (fiddler) style, Christian lives in Hirmentaz
(Chablais). In 1990 the group was joined by
Robert AMYOT (voice, bagpipes, clarinettes, alpine percussion), who now lives in the high mountain country of Brizon (Faucigny) where he is surrounded by the snows, fir trees and down home values that recall his native Quebec. Finally, the most recent member of the group, who joined countless bottles ago, is
Claudius « Manpower Bassgeige » PERRIN (bass, fendant), a typical Valaisan from the Val dIlliers (Valais)
La KINKERNE has the privilege of maintaining the social
role of the village minstrels of old by performing
at calendar holidays (Mardi Gras, Easter Egg hunts, Easter, St.
John's Feast, church fairs and various Alpine festivals)
events in life (baptisms, anniversaries and birthdays, weddings
and, regretfully, at wakes and burials)
also for commercial
or touristic events (fairs, seminaries, conferences, vacation resorts)
as well as
and retirement homes...
Julien's humble carnotzet ( basement club ) in Ville-la-Grand,
to the grandiose Mozartsaal-Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna ( Austria
) , with countless festivals or maisons de la culture in between.
to Yugoslavia via Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy,
and sometimes even France, the folk musics of the different valleys
of Switzerland, Savoy, Val d'Aosta and Piedmont ring out once
again in all their authentic beauty thanks to La KINKERNE.
Me Galucio SAVOIE (1991) One-minute
excerpt in MP3 format - 1053KB
de Flé Music Alpina (1995) One-minute
excerpt in MP3 format -
La Charmeuse Compagnons Savoyards (1996) One-minute
excerpt in MP3 format - 1025K
Abriel sings"El Me Galucio" in Faverges.
Jean-Marc Jacquier plays his hurdy-gurdy, summer
(Viewable in High Definition)
La Kinkerne :
13, rue Roger-Salengro
74100 Ville-la-Grand (France)