WIN 1 of 3 double passes: France’s Orchestre National de Jazz in Melbourne

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This month, France’s highly-sought-after Orchestre National de Jazz come to Melbourne, performing ‘Around Robert Wyatt’.

“It seems like a match made in Heaven – or somewhere: There’s no ensemble in the world like France’s Orchestre National de Jazz, which, especially under the direction of bassist Daniel Yvinec, is committed to the new and experimental.” – Wall Street Journal (US)

Robert Wyatt (pictured) is a truly unique artist. Ever since ‘Rock Bottom’, his 1974 masterpiece, invariably listed among the most outstanding albums in the history of rock, the singer has inspired nothing but respect and passion.


France’s brilliant 10-piece National Jazz Orchestra (ONJ) was established to push the boundaries of jazz. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Daniel Yvinec, it has explored bold new worlds of sound in daring concerts and recordings.

Conceived as part of a collaboration between prog-rock pioneer Robert Wyatt and Daniel Yvinec especially for the ONJ, ‘Around Robert Wyatt’ pays homage to protean personality of the singer and his haunting sonic world.

Performance details


When: 7.30pm, Saturday, 19 January, 2013.

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank Boulevard, Melbourne.

Tickets: $60 ($50 concession)

For more information, visit the Melbourne Recital Centre website

Win 1 of 3 double passes!

Ma Vie Française™ magazine and the Melbourne Recital Centre are giving three lucky members the chance to win one of three double passes to see the Orchestre National de Jazz.

To win, all you have to do is:

  1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française™ community for free and
  2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us:
    • What is your favourite jazz song, and why?

We will then select the best answer as our winner at 11.59pm AEST, Sunday 13 January 2013.

Please be sure to leave your first and family name when you join – a ‘user name’ or ‘email address’ can’t win!

Bonne chance!

About the Contributor

Judy MacMahon

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  1. rosss12 Jan 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM - Reply

    ‘Autumn Leaves’ – because it’s the first jazz song I played on the piano where I was backed by a double bass and drum kit. I still remember the buzz I got that night whenever I hear it.

  2. naima fine Jan 8, 2013 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    My favourite jazz piece is ‘Naima’, by John Coltrane. My Dad is a jazz muso and he named me after this song. Every time I go to a gig of Dads, he plays it for me. And the chord progression and melody are beautiful.

  3. carambolatw Jan 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM - Reply

    Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong–soundtrack for a beautiful summer morning.

  4. jungleyes Jan 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM - Reply

    It has to be Miles Davis – Blue in Green. He was quite simply the badest mother****** in jazz or ‘social music’ as he called it
    unpredictable, unconventional and groundbreaking.

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