Founded in 1984, has been one of the mainspring of the Breton music’s revival. This period is essential because of the great work made by the musicians in order to safeguard the traditional music in Brittany, an heritage in peril then. Youenn LE BIHAN tried in this context the experiment of a group by invinting two teachers (violin and accordion) from the Conservatoire of traditional music of Ploemeur, such as the guitarist Gilles LE BIGOT. SKOLVAN was born with its first “Fest-Noz” (Gathering of dancers and musicians) on the 14th of April 1984. Youenn LE BIHAN created at the same time his famous “Piston”, inspired by the baroque oboe, that counts largely in the originality of the SKOLVAN “sound”.
In 1994, after three albums, SKOLVAN released "Swing & Tears" which was elected album of the year in France, in the United Kingdom and in Portugal.
Among the guests was Dominique MOLARD, a percussionist, who finally joined the group in 1996, developping thus the palette of sounds and the colour of the rhytms, thanks to tablas, cajon, derbouka, bodhran associated with drums. In 1996, SKOLVAN comes back with a creation called “Gouel ha daeroù”, gathering traditional singers and jazz musicians, unanimously applauded by the audience and the critics.
In 2000, "Chenchet'n eus an amzer", their last album, conveys the group’s musical evolution since the arrival, in 1997, of Bernard LE DREAU (saxophones). At the beginning of the year 1999, Loig TROEL (diationic accordion) joins the group, bringing with him his virtuosity and energy. A new sound such as a new repertoire appear with the new group.
Nowadays unanimously recognized as one of the leaders of the actual music, SKOLVAN stands out because of the beauty of its themes (traditionals, composed) and the richness of its arrangements, associated with a really effective rhytmics, which gives it an easily recognizable personality. Greatly appreciated by the dance lovers during the “Festou-Noz”, SKOLVAN also offers CONCERTS.
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