Vidéo presentation of Groupe OC
They say that troubadours back in the 13th century invented the notion of humanism as we know it today. What if they were also to thank for the notion of universality? That, in any case, is the road along which Christian Salès and the Groupe OC decided to steer their projects. Over the years, projects inspired by their roots - solidly anchored in the soil of Languedoc - gradually flourished beyond the confines of the South of France.
This group of artists came together in 1999 in Argeliers, a small village in the Minervois region of southern France. At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, they draw on the very depths of their origins to transport audiences into a universe that is both imaginary and mysterious, where the notion of time is dictated purely by the milestones of History.
"Our music stems from a current interpretation of the memory of Languedoc. It's the kind of music that troubadours would have composed if they had been given contemporary instruments," explains Christian Salès, composer, director and artistic director. Nine albums (one gold record), five live DVDs, ten documentary DVDs and twenty shows later, Groupe OC has not changed its philosophy: "authenticity" definitely remains its trademark, "open to the world" its creed. On the strength of research into the development of music - based on ancient instruments combined with modern technologies - the group has made the electro-medieval style a musical genre in a class of its own: "From the very outset, we knew that we had found a universal language," confides Christian Salès. "Travel all around the globe and very different experiences in Japan, Los Angeles, London and New York, all enabled me to enrich the musical palette at my fingertips. So many exchanges and connections, piled on top of elements from our past, from our heritage and from our culture, fuel immense creative potential.
This is reflected in the shows that we perform all over - in France and abroad. They attract a very wide audience, drawn both by impressive technology involving projected images and mapping, and by the magic of the music, the sounds and the lights, designed hand in hand with the most talented specialists."
Insensitive to the siren-call of show business, which can be fickle when times are hard, OC has always remained on track. As a team, it continues to pay vibrant tribute to its origins, arms open wide. Audiences have picked up on that, and flock in ever greater numbers. Such is the price of success…