“I was born in Lyon, in La Croix-Rousse, but my best family memories have always been in Chamonix.
Culture in Chamonix is above all a literary culture. It has to be said that mountains trigger writing; many authors have found inspiration walking on the paths of the Valley. For me, however, there was no musical culture.
When I was given the go-ahead to start the Cosmo-Jazz festival and hold it in the heart of the mountains, I was a little anxious. Mountains are sacred and the challenge was to find music that was appropriate and that worked well. There are inspiring vibes here and musicians are not immune to this.
We needed something powerful and lyrical, with wind instruments. It had to work on a spiritual level. That’s why I chose Ethno-jazz. “
André Manoukian left his Parisian life to settle in the Chamonix Valley, where he had already spent time as a child with his parents. Since then, he’s done everything he can to develop cultural activities - especially music - in the Valley.
The Cosmo-Jazz Festival:
“When you get off the Brévent cable car, you can take a small path towards Planpraz. There’s a path there called the balcon sud and it has the most beautiful views you can imagine. “