Zazie – In Concert from Bordeaux – June 22, 2019 – RTL-2, Paris –
Continuing our dive into music from places other than English speaking countries, staying in Paris for a concert by Zazie, recorded and preserved by RTL2 in Paris on June 22, 2019, along with two very chatty dj’s who let us know between songs who is performing and RTL’s periodic reminders sometimes spill over to the opening of songs. Still . . .
Isabelle de Truchis de Varennes was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She was nicknamed “Zazie” in reference to the title character of the Raymond Queneau novel, Zazie dans le métro (and the milestone movie from the 60s by Louis Malle). Her mother was a music teacher and her father, Hervé de Truchis de Varennes, was an architect. At home, they listened to Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Barbara, as well as classical music. Inspired, Zazie began learning to play the violin at the age of ten, later teaching herself to play the piano and guitar. After high school, Zazie began studies to become a physiotherapist; however, her classic beauty and nearly six-foot stature caught the attention of modeling agents, and she abandoned her schooling to become a fashion model.
In 1990, Zazie began her musical career. She signed a contract with Phonogram in 1991. In 1992, she released Je, tu, ils, her first album recorded in the studios of Peter Gabriel. She collaborated for the first time with Pascal Obispo on the song “Un, deux, trois, soleil”. She wrote almost all the tracks of the album and participated in the composition. The album had minor success, and the single “Sucré salé” was ranked No. 46 on the Top 50 (French SNEP Singles Chart). The following year, Zazie was awarded ‘Best New Female Pop Artist of the Year’ (révélation variétés féminine de l’année) at the Victoires de la musique. The other two singles from the albums were much less successful, but the singer’s career was launched. Her record label agreed to sign for a second album.
From Je, tu, ils Zazie distinguished herself as a songwriter by crafting songs notable for their wit, alliteration, homophonies and double entendres.
In June 2010, Zazie released a new single “Avant l’amour” (Before Love). Avant l’amour was the first single from the album “Za7ie”; it reached No. 54 on the French SNEP radio airplay chart.
“Za7ie” was constructed as a concept project of 49 songs, split into seven theme albums of seven songs each. A shorter version with 14 songs was released in September 2010, with the 49 song project released as a box set in November of the same year.
Zazie announced eighth album, “Cyclo”, which is scheduled for release in spring 2013. The album was produced by Olivier Coursier of AaRON and mixed by Tony Hoffer.
In 2015, she released her ninth album “Encore heureux”.
On May 24, 2018 Zazie released a single “Speed”. Her tenth studio album, “Essenciel” was released on September 7, 2018. On October 5, the SNEP announces that the disc is certified gold. On February 15, 2019 “Essenciel” was certified platinum for more than 100,000 copies sold. on February 15, 2019.
Her tour for the album started in March of this year, and this concert from Bordeaux just the past June, is from the tour.
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