French-born, Tucson-based chanteuse Marianne Dissard, named one of “50 French people that matter in the USA” in France-Amérique Mag’, was born within sight of the Pyrénées mountains in the South of France but has lived in the American West since the age of 16.
Singer, writer of lyrics and poetry, filmmaker and performance artist, Marianne Dissard recently released her ‘intermediary’ album, “Paris One Takes” (“8/10″ Blurt, “a fantastic album. 4/5 Stars” Venus Magazine, “Definitely one of our favorite albums of 2010″ Lucid Culture) as a free download, in gratitude to her fans. Marianne attended SXSW 2010, blogging about the festival for The Huffington Post and will soon be touring again, including a MOMA performance in NYC this summer.
The second ‘official’ album, “L’Abandon” is due out early 2011. Produced by Marianne, with Jim Waters and BK-One, “L’Abandon” was recorded with Christian Ravaglioi from Italy, Luke Doucet from Canada, Arthur Vint, Connor Gallaher, Sergio Mendoza, Brian Lopez and Thøger Lund. The release will include a companion DVD, a bawdy burlesque remake, directed by Marianne, of the Andy Warhol’s 1968 western, “Lonesome Cowboys”.
Between Chanson and Americana, Marianne Dissard’s enchanting debut album, “L’Entredeux”, was produced and composed by Calexico’s Joey Burns, with stellar contributions by friends from both continents, including Calexico’s John Convertino on drums, Naïm Amor, Rob Burger, Sammy Decoster and Mickey Raphael. “L’Entredeux” was released worldwide in the Fall 2008, with 15 months of touring from Europe to New Zealand and North America. The album won a prestigious Coup De Coeur from France’s Académie Charles Cros in 2009 and was voted in the Top 10 French albums of the decade by Francophile bloggers. “A moody, captivating album, with roots in Nick Drake’s introspection, Francoise Hardy’s romanticism and Nina Simone’s drama.” writes Blurt Magazine. A music video for “Les Draps Sourds” guest-features France’s pop stars Katerine and Dominique A.