INTERVIEW – The pop-rock hall with its special acoustics, in the heart of Pigalle, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Jean-Louis Ménanteau, its director since 2011,
LE FIGARO – Why is La Cigale so special?
Jean-Louis MENANTEAU – It was a center of culture in Paris before the venue became a theater [it is a former erotico-kung-fu cinema]. Jacques Renault [the co-founder of the hall in 1987] wanted to make it a pop-rock room that allows amplified music to occur under decent conditions . In 1987, it was really no obvious, there were many places where the sound was not at all. It was also the period Jacques Lang, post-1981, very favorable to pop-rock sound.
Tell us about the acoustics of the room …
It is a set of elements that give the room its rich sound that can be hard-hitting without being aggressive. The architects [ . . . ]
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