The 32nd Festival Jazz & Musique Improvisée in Besançon is the place to make for if you're a fan of new music. Each year top musicians are joined by international innovative artists producing some amazing combinations of sounds and concepts. Most of the music is at the Théâtre Musical and Cinéma Kursaal, but some concerts take place in historic buildings like Château de Joux near Pontarlier.
Expect to be challenged, and astonished, by artists like Judith Kan and Kumi lwase (voice and saxaphone), Jacques Coursil (trumpet and voice), Lucia Recio (voice) and Didier Petit (doublebass) and others. The overall theme is an homage to iconic women from Marilyn Monroe to Dita von Teese, so this is not for the faint hearted or easily shocked.
More InformationFestival Website
Tickets on line or at many outlets in Besancon. Some concerts free, otherwise 6 to 19 euros.
Where to stayChateau de la Dame Blanche
1 chemin Goulotte
Tel.:00 33 (0)3 81 57 64 64
Just north of central Besancon, this delightful small chateau has a spa and pretty gardens to relax in.
- Price Band: $$-$$$