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Kreiz Breizh Akademi

KBA: a vocational training programme for modal music

Kreiz Breizh Akademi (KBA) is a vocational training program for professional-level musicians that delivers the title of modal musician of scholarly and popular tradition.

KBA trained 7 promotions of 12 to 18 musicians between 2005 and 2018.

The 7th promotion follows the curriculum in 2018 and engages in a period of creation and concert touring in 2019-2020.
The call for application to constitute the 8th promotion will be published in spring 2019 for a curriculum in 2020.

The specificity of Kreiz Breizh Akademi lies in the fact that it is based on the transmission of rules of interpretation of modal music (scale, rhythm, variation) and on Breton popular music. The language used in the sung forms is the Breton language in its local variants (that of kan ha diskan and gwerzioù).

The main objectives of the training are:
- Teaching musical techniques based on modal understanding
- Development of compositional skills, improvisation, arrangement methods and orchestral means
- Learning the techniques of the stage and the recording

The KBA course takes place over three years including
- a vocational training cycle of 12 months to 15 months (discontinuous - between 350 and 400 hours of training center according to the collective) that delivers the professional certificate of modal music of scholarly and popular tradition musician.

- a period of creation with the support of cultural centers taking involved in the production of the concert performance : La Grande Boutique, Amzer Nevez ...

- a 24-month period of accompaniment in professional practice through the production of concerts and the release of an album, in partnership with professional producer-booker and record label: Innacor, Naïade Productions, L’Appentis Producer, Coop Breizh ...

Each group works on a specific artistic color and according to a training program built specifically according to this color.

The booking is now entrusted to Naïade Productions which produces the shows of KBA # 6 and KBA # 7. Booking contact: Jacques-Antoine Pinel prod naiadeproductions.com

  • KBA#7 on tour : Hed

    booking 2019-2020

    Kreiz Breizh Akademi, 7th collective an expended bagad under influences
    It was in the air for a long time, Kreiz Breizh Akademi chose the "expanded" bagad * as the basic expression of this 7th collective. In contact with artists from the world, artisans of the contemporary or traditional modality, India, the Middle East, the Balkans, jazz KBA # 7 bagad has built a unique "sound" where modal improvisations mingle with complex rhythmic and local themes sometimes so close to other modal world (...)

  • Educational project

    A few words about the Kreiz Breizh Akademi educational project

  • What is KBA ?

    Kreiz Breizh Akademi (KBA) is a vocational training program for musicians dedicated to modal music.

  • Teaching staff

    Under Erik Marchand’s leadership, artists from all over the world come to Kreizh Breizh Akademi as speakers.

  • The partners

    Kreiz Breizh Akademi is supported by the French state and by regional authorities.

Association Drom

24 rue de Gasté
29200 Brest
09 65 16 71 21
contact drom-kba.eu

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Remerciement photos : Eric Legret