BLUES&BOOGIE WEEKEND 2017
featuring Deanna Bogart & Luca Sestak
july 2017 dates to be confirmed
Join us for our second Blues & Boogie Weekend which is unlike any other. By popular demand, and following the very successful weekend event we hosted in 2015, Les Soeurs Anglaises are delighted to announce the return of Deanna Bogart (USA) and Luca Sestak (Germany), both acclaimed for their individual interpretation of Blues & Boogie Woogie, and whose musical virtuosity, freshness and spontaneity will be the perfect mix of infectious rhythms, masterful musicianship, and riveting vocals, with guest performers (to be confirmed). The proceeds from the weekend will be donated to the International charity Medecins sans Frontieres.
The main event of the weekend will be a concert on Saturday, 22nd July with a line-up of Internationally acclaimed blues and boogie musicians – piano, guitar, saxophone and more. In addition to great music, our bi-annual festival offers weekend guests delicious food & wine and superior accommodation at our remarkable venue (see gallery). The festivities continue on Sunday, 23rd July with a live music-packed Blues & Boogie Picnic. We guarantee this is one weekend next summer you won't want to miss.
Influenced by vintage recordings of black pianists, Silvan started playing the piano in early childhood and has now performed in over 30 countries (Europe, America, Asia, Middle East) at such world-famous festivals as the Montreux Jazz Festival 2011, where he played at B.B. King's concert alongside Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin. He is as comfortable playing boogie-woogie, blues, swing or classic jazz, and delivers all with incredible virtuosity.
Silvan has also performed on stage with legends Chuck Berry, Katie Webster, Sammy Price, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Tito Jackson, Pinetop Perkins and many more. “Silvan plays as if he were from St. Louis – he could be my blues brother!” said Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry enthusiastically about this pianist.
Once a year he organises and performs at the International Boogie Woogie Festival, Lugano, Switzerland; a three day event that attracts hundreds of overseas' Blues and Boogie enthusiasts.
Born in Detroit, Deanna spent her early years in Phoenix and New York City, climbing on any available piano bench to plunk and play with preternatural panache. Around the age of six, she was "gently removed" from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for playing piano by ear instead of learning to read music. Today, she is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician whose fusion of blusion -- spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun -- has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has won her, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington, D.C. region.
Perennially popular with a knack for engaging her audience, Deanna easily wins hearts with her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone and smokey vocals. Jet-setting from festival to festival she still finds time to mentor students of all ages.
Deanna Bogart's latest ventures include Blind Pig Record's "Pianoland," a newly minted DVD called "Everybody Has A Story," and “11th Hour,” a CD released on Vista Records, a company she co-founded.
At age 7 Luca was introduced to classical piano and after two year, and having won 1st prize with advancement to the State Contest level he accidentally discovered Jazz, Blues and Boogie Woogie. He self-trained and studied his first pieces of this music style and presented them at various occasions with great success and by age 11 was publishing some of his pieces on the internet platform YouTube where they quickly achieved great popularity. With rising recognition, numerous performances at festivals, and concerts followed in his home country as well as abroad with big-name pianists of the genre such as Silvan Zingg, Vince Weber, Bob Seeley, Frank Muschalle and Ben Waters. From 2010 to 2012 Luca presented his own concert series under the name of “Blues im Schaf” in Karlsruhe.
Luca recorded his first CD album “Lost in Boogie” in August 2010 which was published in November of that year. One year later, he participated in the biggest Boogie Woogie Festival of the world in Laroquebrou, France.
QUOTES FROM 2015 GUESTS:
An unforgettable weekend of music and dance like I have never experienced! Knowing it was to raise money for such a worthy cause made it all the more special.
Dr. Malinda Jones, Assistant Professor of early childhood education
The Boogie Woogie Weekend 2015 at Les Soeurs Anglaises was an absolute treat – the quality of the performances, the amazing food and wine, and superb accommodation made it a memorable event. What a treat to be able to support a charity at the same time.
Lesley Roberts, Principal/owner (Los Angeles)
The LSA Boogie Woogie Weekend was a unique experience never to be forgotten. Amazing hospitality, excellent food and wine, and stunning delightful surroundings. The entertainment, accommodation, meals and concerts were par excellence with amazing musicians who enthralled us all and were such fun.
Jenny & Robert May, Retired
I have just spent a blissful few days at the superb Les Soeurs Anglaises which hosted a fantastic Boogie Woogie Weekend . I will be back!
Liz Bruton, Property Developer and Landlord
THE FULL WEEKEND INCLUDES:
3 night's accommodation, food, wine and concerts are included in the price.
Welcoming aperitifs followed by a delicious supper with live music Friday evening*
A Buffet Saturday lunch with local wines
Best seats in the house for the live evening Concert including tokens for our "Street Food" bistros
A French, Picnic-style basket at the Sunday afternoon musical extravaganza, when you can grab a lawn chair or blanket and your boogie shoes for some top musical entertainment.
Free entry to all music
Brunch on Monday morning before departures
With only limited superior accommodation available at L'Espace we are offering our regular participants, supporter and friends priority booking for the full weekend package.
Pricing for this event varies depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see prices below or click here to see our accommodation photo gallery.
A: Superior double room en suite (2 people sharing) £1000
B: Superior double room en suite (including single person supplement) £750
C: Standard twin bedroom with en suite (2 people sharing): £875
D: Standard twin bedroom with en suite (including single person supplement): £585
* transport from & to Angouleme train station and/or Bergerac airport can be arranged but are not included in the price.