The Black Rabbit Music Festival kicks off in Beijing this Saturday. In the lead up to mammoth festival, City Weekend caught up with French-born, Tucson-based chanteuse Marianne Dissard. We found out a little bit more about her musical life.
You moved to America in your teens, do you still consider yourself French? I moved to the US when I was 16. However, I still consider myself French in that I’ve grown to appreciate my ‘regional’ French roots more and more, yet I never considered myself Parisian French, which is what most people outside of France think of when they think about France. I also know I’m definitely very Americanized.
Why do you choose to stay in Arizona rather than the music-heavy California scene? I first lived in Arizona, in Phoenix for four years. Then I got interested in filmmaking and moved to Los Angeles. Funny enough, the night before I left Arizona and my parents’ house for the first time, I met Howe Gelb and John Convertino, who were touring and happened to be playing in Phoenix. Howe invited me to be his roommate in Los Angeles. I discovered his music, loved it and Giant Sand became the soundtrack to my Los Angeles - and filmmaking - life, until I finally decided to go to Tucson, Arizona a few years later, when Howe and John had settled there, to make a documentary about their band.
I stayed in Tucson because the music scene there is extremely convivial and friendly and supportive of its members. I like smaller towns. Downtown Tucson is a village full of like-minded artists and great musicians.
Describe your sound. French Chanson steeped in Americana and in love with Tucson’s border sounds.
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French chanteuse Marianne Dissard performs at the Black Rabbit Festival