Save the Date! 40 Guitars on Stage – June 21

We’re good to go for this new stopover! The guitarists from Berlin are coming to meet with the ones from Lyon on June 21, 2022 at the Esplanade de la Grande Côte, Lyon 1er for a unique free concert from 7PM to 8PM. Don’t miss out!

40 Guitars on a Drunken Boat in Lyon on June 21st, 2022

This concert is the the first one that concludes the Lyon-Berlin project with 20 guitarists from Berlin and 20 guitarists from Lyon playing together the amazing Guitars on a Drunken Boat musical creation by Gilles Laval. The 40 sailors have been working hard over the past six months to rehearse and prepare themselves for this big show under the direction of Gilles Laval in Lyon and Nicolas Bonadio in Berlin.

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Guitars on a drunken boat is an evolutionary project created by Gilles Laval, composed initially for 100 electric guitars and inspired by the French poem of Arthur Rimbaud, “Le bateau ivre”. It reinvents itself, with each new re-creation in new contexts.

The ocean, symbol of revolt and freedom in the poem, is at the center of creation. Between voluptuousness and sound surges, ultramarine skies, green azures or maelstrom, it pitches, it vibrates, it swirls, the electric guitars get drunk, and play with everything and anything…