I discovered Viken Arman the other day. Born and raised in Paris, Arman is a classically trained artist, who grew up listening to jazz and classical music. Among other influences, he cites Keith Jarett, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Jay Dilla, Ricardo Villalobos and Arabic diva Oum Khalthoum. Today, he is also a producer.
Cercle is an electronic music platform dedicated to the promotion of exceptional artists, events and venues. They film and broadcast live DJ sets from the most exotic or surprising places. About a month and a half ago I published a really cool live set by German DJ Boris Brejcha, from the palace of Fontainebleau. On this occasion, Cercle invited Viken Arman to play live at sunset, from the Belvédère des Caillettes, a wooden structure located in the majestic forest of Orléans, the largest national forest in France. The observatory has unobstructed views of the surroundings and on a clear day you can even see the spires of the Orléans cathedral, 50 kilometers away.
The result is a truly captivating live electronic and ethnic experience in which Viken explores different rythms and moods, playing several instruments.
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