biography

Cecile Corbel

"During the Cottingley Fairies affair, Arthur Conan Doyle became the advocate of a series of photographs picturing creatures from a fairy land. All were fake. If Sherlock Holmes' creator had been a contemporary of Cecile Corbel's, he would just have had to point at this Morgan Le Fay. Everybody would have come to agree with him. Fairy is not legend.

Born in Pont-Croix, in Finistère in Western France, Cecile Corbel has the red hair and gaelic carnation that attest to her belonging to the Celtic world. This singer-songwriter plays the harp since she was 15 and takes her inspiration from the Arthurian world. And her voice reaches heights only Kate Bush can hit.

Sensitive to ancient tales where any journey is a rite of passage, this true-to-life fairy performed everywhere in France and all over the world with her musicians before she was contacted by the Ghibli studios to create the soundtrack for "Arrietty", the latest film of the Hiromasa Yonebayashi, writed by Hayao Miyazaki, director of My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Gold record in Japan and awarded Best Original Soundtrack of the year for The Secret World of Arrietty, this magician who refuses harsh boundaries between musical styles combines Celtic folk and medieval Turkish songs, baroque madrigals and Irish marches, with the ease and the charm of a gifted artist.
Cecile Corbel the enchanteress does exist and she is a great pop voice".

In the programme of "Le Carré Magique" Lannion – May 2012

2015 in brief

Cecile Corbel has worked in 2014 with her lifelong partner Simon Caby on the soundtrack of Land of the Bears, released last February.
Her 5th studio album "la Fiancée" has just been released on october 2014 (universal music - polydor), with 2 special release concerts at the Café de la Danse in Paris in december.
Many concerts are already scheduled in France and abroad in 2015/2016
A tour is planned in Germany from October the 26th to November the 11th 2015 (15 concerts in Berlin, Mainz, Darmstadt, Sarrebruck, Meissen etc...)
Cecile is currently working on new songs.

La Fiancée - new album - october 2014 (polydor universal) in French Press

"To a so beautiful fiancée, we can only say yes." Le Parisien
"Cécile Corbel, a kind of meteor in the Breton galaxy" West France
"An album out of time" Figaro Magazine
"The music of Cécile Corbel brings the generations together" 20minutes
"Cécile Corbel cultivates dreams " Presse Ocean
"The singer-harpist expresses soft and radiant personality with a strength and originality that would bring her close to Kate Bush's music" le Telegramme
"La Fiancée (...) twelve tracks that evoke secular themes, trust in nature, beautiful scenery, the taste of adventure and heroism, the strength of love ... " La Croix

Awards and prizes

Best Anime and Manga song – awarded by the Animeland magazine in 2012
"ffff" - Highest grade given by the Telerama magazine for the sountrack of Arrietty in 2011
Best Sales Prize for the Arrietty soundtrack in 2010 in Japan.
Best Soundtrack Award at the Tokyo Anime Fair in 2011
Best Soundtrack Prize 2010 at the Golden Disc Awards in Japan.
Golden Disc for the "Karigurashi no Arrietty" soundtrack in 2010
Prix Paris Jeunes Talents 2005

Discography

-Harpe celtique et chants du monde (2005- Keltia Musique)
-SongBook 1 (2006- Keltia Musique)
-Songbook vol 2 (2008- Keltia Musique)
-Karigurashi (2010-Yamaha Music Communication)
-Arrietty's song EP (2010-Yamaha Music Communication)
-Karigurashi no Arrietty soundtrack (2010 – Tokuma)
-SongBook vol 3 - Renaissance (2011- Keltia Musique)
-Songbook vol 4 - Roses (june 2013 – Keltia musique)
-Terre des Ours - original soundtrack (Polydor Universal - feb 2014)
-La Fiancée (polydor universal - oct 2014)

Featurings

-Album "Anne de Bretagne" le rock opéra d'Alan Simon - leading role
-Album "Femmes de Bretagne" – "Femmes de Bretagne" (2012 – Keltia Musique)
-Daishi Dance – album "Wonder Tourism" – "Take me Hand" (2012 – Universal)
-Yumi Arai – Best Of – "I know I could tell you" & "Just a little Less (2013 – Sony Music Japan)
-The Ghibli set II – Daishi Dance - "Arrietty's song" (2013 Universal Music Japan)
-Stanislas - Album "Ma Solitude" "Les Nuits Urbaines" - duet with Stanislas (2014 - Polydor Universal Music France)

Earlier concerts

Harp Festival 2014 Sendai (Japan), Wave Gottik Treffen Festival 2014 (Leipzig - Germany), Nuit Celtique 2014 Foire de Chalons en Champagne - Les Printemps Sonores 2014- Folk festival De Doelen Rotterdam (Pays Bas), festival Art'Menestrel – (Winzenheim), Café de la Danse (Paris), Zenith de Lille, Caen & Nantes, UnterHaus - Mainz (Germany) Ufa Fabrik - Berlin (Germany) Theatre de Cornouaille (Quimper), Les Dominicains (Guebviler), Festival Les Traversées de Tatihou (St Vaast la Hougue), Theatre du Manège (Maubeuge), Storytelling Festival (Edimburgh), Festival de Cinéma Graines Des Toiles MCL (Gerardmer),Theatre de l'Odyssée (Orvault), Yzeure Espace (Yzeure), Quai des Rêves (Lamballe)
Kuala Lumpur, Penang (Malaysie), Festival Euroceltes (Strasbourg), Théâtre des Feuillants (Dijon), Centre Athena (Auray) Theatre du Cormier (Cormeilles), Storytelling Southeast Festival .Dungarvan (Irlande), Theater Laboratorium – Oldenburg (Germany), Park Theater – Augsburg (Germany) Les estivales (Quiberon) Le carré magique (Lannion), Barcelone (Espagne), Zürich (Suisse), Munich, Dresde, Berlin, Kassel (Allemagne), Festival interceltique de Lorient, Festival de Cornouaille (Quimper), Lausanne (Suisse), Baltimore (USA), Tokyo Opera City Hall, Festival Rock in Japan (Japon), La Maline (île de Ré), Festival Ville des Musiques du Monde . Bobigny, Washington, Las Vegas, San Francisco (USA), Festival de Gargilesse, Festival du Labadoux (Belgique), La Nouvelle Orleans, Chicago Celtic Festival (USA), Celtic Night 10 (Pays Bas), Bruxelles (Belgique), Les jeudis du port (Brest), Tallin (Estonie), Rencontres de l'imaginaire- Brocéliande, Festival Kann al Loar (Landerneau) Festival international de harpe de Dinan, Triskell Festival Trieste (Italie), Les Médiévales de Provins, Elf Fantasy Fair .Utrecht, Rotterdam (Pays Bas), Rangunn, Mandalay (Birmanie), Adelaïde, Melbourne, Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australie), Wraclaw (Pologne), Adelberg (Belgique), Hobart (Tasmanie), French festival d'Adelaïde (Australie), Esapce Prévert Scène du Monde .Savigny le Temple, Festival de Kinnersley (UK), La Cartonnerie (Reims), Prague République Tchèque) Assuncion (Paraguay) (...)