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Alliance Francaise presents acclaimed French pop artist and cellist Gatha at Club SAW June 15

By Sonya Gankina on June 13, 2022

When French pop meets classical cello—this is Gatha. Originally from Bordeaux, France, the classically trained cellist creates original sounds and composes music for luxury brands YSL, Chanel, and Vogue. Now, she is coming to Ottawa, performing a concert full of luscious and dense pop coupled with melancholic melodies. Presented by Alliance Francaise Ottawa together with the Embassy of France, we are invited to step into Gatha’s unique musical universe this Wednesday, June 15th at Club SAW. Keep reading for a giveaway opportunity!

A cellist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Gatha says she is influenced by dub and hip-hop, artists that mixed a lot of universes like Bjork, and the passionate collision of image and cinema. In a radio interview, the artist shares more about her process: “I am completely self-taught. From the moment I passed my cello diploma, I wanted to experiment with different things. And so, step by step, I got into production and learned to master the tools that were available to me. I started sampling drums at first, because I didn’t know how to produce drums. And then one thing led to another, I got some small contracts, that allowed me to meet people that recommended me for bigger projects. This worked for me because I did not have an agency at the time, and I was free to choose the brands I wanted to collaborate with.”

Gatha, photo by Ben Fourmi.

When asked how she manages to combine hip-hop and cello to create modern music, Gatha says, “In hip hop, a lot of samples are string samples, which inspired me a lot. Plus for me, the goal is to create a mixed universe, in the sense that music allows mixing a lot of things. Therefore, I sampled my cello live, that is to say, I make live loops on rhythmics or on synthesizers etc, which gives a little bit of this modern aspect to the cello.”

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Watch Gatha’s new music video for a little teaser of the show below.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here.