Artist Profiles: Alain Genty

Alain Genty with Tony McManus

Alain Genty is an extraordinary and innovative bass player who has played with some of the best Breton bands including Gwerz, Den and Barzaz. He is a skilled musician, arranger and composer.

Even though he is identified with the Breton music scene, Genty was not born in Brittany. He was born on September 22, 1958 in Nogent-sur-Seine, in Champagne and moved to Brittany in the 1980s. Genty lived there for several years, studying Breton music and playing with local musicians. During his early years he player progressive rock and later he drifted towards Celtic influenced music Genty lives in Paris nowadays, but he travels to Brittany frequently to play with his old friends.

His current music style combines Breton and Scottish music with jazz and rock elements. Genty’s bands have have included prominent Breton musicians such as Jackie Molard (violin), Patrick Molard (bagpipes) and Jean-Michel Veillon (flutes) as well as guitarist Tony McManus, from Scotland. His masterpiece is the 5 piece bagad (bagpipe band) that he includes in his major festival shows.

Discography

Barzaz, Ec’honder, with Barzaz (Escalibur, 1989)
Barzaz, An den Kozh Dall, with Barzaz (Keltia Musique, 1992)
Gwerz, Live (Gwerz Pladenn, 1993)
La Couleur du Milieu (Gwerz Pladenn, 1994)
Le Grand Encrier (Keltia Musique, 1998)
Barzaz (Keltia Musique, 2003)
Une Petite lanterne (Keltia Musique, 2004)
Toud’Sames, Toud’Sames (2004)
To the Bobs, with Patrick Molard (Keltia Musique, 2004)
Singing Sands, with Tony McManus (Greentrax Recordings, 2005)
Eternal Tides, with Joanne McIver (Buda Musique, 2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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