Gard is located in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon or Occitanie . Situated in the Southern part of France, the Department of Gard holds Musical history and historical traditions of old that separates it from the Northern and Western side of the country. With cities within its borders such as Nimes and Ales, there is a tribute to their past and present through festivals and shows throughout the year.

Musical Languages

The Music of Gard is intermingled with a long trail of history and geographical tones. Spanish influences were once a large part of the region creating a balance of sounds. Music of an earlier time spoke in a language that differed from the rest of the lands. The Occitan language is an old antiquated version of the modern French you will hear today. In Occitan, songs told stories and tales that ranged from loves found and lost to political triumphs and falls.

Musical Instruments

A mixture of European and Spanish Music came to Gard hundreds of years ago. Instruments were hand made and played with the sole intention to spread spirit through story. It was a way to remember momentous events that inspired the Department to remain with their culture. Stringed instruments along with winds and ceramics made up a trio of telling instruments. In some references, bag pipes were brought in for an eclectic addition to the band.

Musical Gard

While the rest of France moved to modernistic tendencies, Gard seemed to remain in its own time. Musical movements have made their way to current trends. Evolved indications have been noted since the Nineteenth Century.  Gard began to synonymously build its culture around the fine Arts and theatrical presentations. Before Rock and Pop spread across the world, Opera and Classical stylings were the past tense version of contemporary. The Southern region of France adapted with ease while still continuing the traditional types of music.

Folk music as we know it was a little different in Gard. Troubadour stood for a composer, singer and artist. A Trobairitz referred to a female Troubadour. This form of Music  dates back to the High Middle Ages. The Occitan word translated in part to invent or creation. Troubadour was known as Occitan poetry with lyrics. It expanded into various genres with a focus on its origin. The flair of Flamenco and operatic concepts are said to have been derived from the Troubadour.

Honored Musical Tradition

The Gard regions honor their history by allowing the array of time periods to still be a part of their life. On stage concerts and presentations are offered at many locations that spread across the cities, towns and villages. Newer music is exhibited on the same platform giving way for bands and groups to explore different tunes. Some of the old transmissions of Troubadour have survived through the generations. It is of great interest to musicians as they try to incorporate the lyrical poems into their use of instrumental brilliance.