Tunisian Tunes

Have I gushed about my Tuesday night contemporary dance class yet?

No? Well, that is a real oversight.

I’ve been calling it the source of all good things recently. It has truly been one of the highlights of this fall.

I’ll share more about it soon, but here’s just one reason I love it: the amazing women in the class.

Emel and I are the diehards; sometimes it’s only the two of us in class. I knew she was a singer, but not until she invited me to her concert did I realize she was actually something of a star.

(Video from a concert at Place de la Bastille. Beginning words in French, song in Arabic. You don’t have to understand to hear it’s beautiful. If you don’t have the full 5 minutes, you can skip to 2:30 for the high notes πŸ™‚ )

I had no idea such a powerful voice came out of that tiny little body (she’s pretty small).

Tonight’s concert took place at the intimate Theatre de Petit Saint Martin, just a short walk from Republique. Besides her amazing voice, she plays guitar and was accompanied by the bass and violin (LOVED the violin).

The evening was organized by La Compagnie des Arts, which my dance teacher Laetitia founded. (See, another amazing woman). The company’s events and shows support humanitarian and social causes; tonight’s proceeds, for example, will go to an association fighting against domestic violence.

I attended the concert with my friend Rafaele – who I *also* met in (another) dance class (Notice a theme?)

Emel sings mainly in Arabic; her voice is so transcendent, however, that I felt like I understood everything she was expressing without knowing a word. Almost unclassifiable, her music has echoes of classical, electro, rock, and oriental rhythms.

Leading up to Thanksgiving – and every day – I’ve been counting my blessings. Meeting more and more amazing, creative folks in Paris is certainly one of them.

Hear more of Emel’s music on her myspace page.

Click for more information on La Compagnie des Arts.


9 Responses to “Tunisian Tunes”

  1. 1 Sab November 24, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Very nice, a beautiful video, powerful, emotional song.


  2. 2 Buffy November 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Thank you for sharing Amel’s performance….very talented woman.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!



  3. 3 Michal November 24, 2010 at 7:33 am

    WOW! What a nice way to start the day. Thanks Sion.
    That was powerful.


  4. 4 paris (im)perfect November 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks, y’all. Glad you enjoyed her music as much as I did. I definitely recommend listening to some of her other music as her style is quite varied. I was first blown away by this song I posted – but then at her concert heard several others I thought were even better! Wow!

    Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚


  5. 5 Sweet Freak November 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Fabulous! Je suis jalouse – would love to be loving a good dance class right now. Enjoy & shake it, Sion!


  6. 7 Kristin November 25, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Amel is a star! I agree with Sab, “beautiful” “powerful!” “emotional”. Sion, you have so many stories brewing. I can’t wait to read your memoirs–and more. And keep on dancin’! May we all keep on dancin (some of us just need to begin…). Thanks for the inspiration. Please tell Amel she has more fans!


    • 8 paris (im)perfect November 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Kristin! I will most certainly tell Amel she has new fans when I see her in dance class next week! That should also be an inspiration. She had *never* taken a dance class before and she just decided to go for it. Yes, we all need to dance!

      Thank you also for your kind words. So much more living to do, but yes, a very rich life. Someday, a memoir. For now, gathering the stories and feeling gratitude πŸ™‚


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Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on – no exaggerating – a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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