Lo Còr de la Plana (pronounced "Loo coahr deh la plahn") comes from the bohemian quarter of La Plaine in Marseille; its name means "the heart of La Plaine." Singing in the little known ancient language Occitan (the language of the medieval troubadours), the ensemble accompanies itself with bendir (frame drum), tamburello (tambourine), picaments (foot stomping), and bataments (hand clapping). The group, with influences ranging from Bartok to reggae and Arab music to Gregorian chant, is devoted to resurrecting and modernizing the Occitan traditional repertoire that until now has mainly been confined to churches and religious ceremonies.
Founded in 2001, Lo Còr has devoted itself to the re-creation of the popular Occitan heritage. With unrivalled passion the group sings all repertoires, from the most religious to the most unfettered. It has a definitive desire to do away with "traditional" song, to cross swords with vocal music and polyphony, even if it means stirring up those who would like to see these music forms die a death in chapels. Its influences are everywhere - in churches, factories, bars, festivals and theatres - and the group does not hesitate to mix disconcerting paganism of old Occitan backgrounds with the preoccupations of Marseille musicians of today. Lo Còr does not renounce any influence, from Bartok to the Massilia Sound System, or any origin, from Oran to Le Rove, as its only ambition is to evoke and resonate in its music all that its city and the world around it has given it in terms of sounds. A police siren, a newborn baby, the remains of a paradise or a fantasyland, a drunken party, sheep, wolves... in short, the peaceful, heady passion of day-to-day life!
Sébastien Spessa, bass
Manu Théron, seconde, bendir (frame drum)
Rodin Kaufmann, seconde bourdon rythmique
Benjamin Novarino-Giana, seconde tierce
Manuel Barthélémy, seconde, tamburello (tambournine)
Denis Sampieri, seconde basse bourdon rythmique, bendir