With copious amounts of baguette vendors, colonial buildings and monuments such as Patuxay, it is clear to see how the French have influenced Southeast Asian culture. When it comes to the music, however, it seems this part of the world could have a thing or two to teach the Europeans.

French three-piece Gablé will perform at Vientiane’s French Institute this Friday as part of their Southeast Asia tour and will be supported by Lao rock outfit The Oilinezz, who band member Mathieu Hubert says he will be looking to for inspiration.

“We are happy to be here in Laos to perform at the French Institute. The main objective of this Southeast Asia tour is to share exper iences with local bands in each country to develop our own music. We want our songs to feature as many types of music as possible, so we’re taking this opportunity to make our music even more special.”

Mathieu and fellow band mates Thomas Boullay and Gaelle Jacqeline formed the pop-rock-electro band back in 2002. They released three albums between then and 2007, before taking a break for a year. They returned to the music scene in 2008 after signing with London-based record label LOAF and have since recorded a further two albums and toured extensively across Europe. Their latest album Le Sac de L’Enfer was released in 2011.

Gablé will play the French Institute on Lane Xang Avenue on Friday November 23. Doors open at 6pm. Admission is free for students and 50,000 kip for all others. The concert is sponsored by Region Basse Normandie, LDTV, Paradice, Lao-French Bank and Indee Records.

Source: Vientiane Times
November 21, 2012