For a while he was a presenter of cultural broadcasts for Radio-France Armorique in Breton. He considers, as Alan Stivell also does, that the Breton music can not survive within the strict confines of pure tradition. Although his songs remain gwerz and caravanserai ha diskan stylistically, Denez is interested in improvised, electronic, rock & rap music as well. In 1993 he participated in a tour with Louise Ebrel Eugenie Goadec & also collaborated with Arnaud Maisonneuve from Deep Forest. About 1996 Denez Prigent published his first a capella album, partially arranged by Kristen Nogues. This album was a new revelation of his talent.
Ar Gouriz Koar ( The Wax belt) had great commercial success. Following this, Denez Prigent took part in numerous festivals in Montreux, Poland & Wales. All his lyrics are gwerziou. They tell us about the horrible Ebola virus epidemic in Zaire (Year Droug-Reg), the factory of Copsa Mica in Romania, prostitution in the Philippines (Ur Fulenn Aour), infanticide in India (Ar Wezenn-Dar) and other disturbing historical events, for example the massacre in Nyarubuye, Rwanda, which took place on April 17, 1994. After his first a capella disc, packed with traditional songs, and a second one with musical accompaniment, Irvi, the 3rd CD, takes us into a musical world with no boundaries.
Irvi is a symbol: in Breton this word indicates the roads which connect an island with the continent or with other islands during high and low tide. Denez is accompanied by Davy Spillane, king of uilleann-pipe, Louis Sclavis, great jazzman, Valentin Clastrier with his electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy, Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance and Bernard Cantat, singer of Noir Desire... They all come from different musical islands, but Denez Prigent's true emotion and indescribable vocals reunite them in an archipelago of genuine music. Read more on Last.fm.
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