La Nef celebrate its 25 years!

La Nef is a company dedicated to the creation and production of early and contemporary music. It hires musicians and artists in all disciplines according to the needs of its productions. It produces concerts and recitals of early and traditional music that are based on historical and literary themes… read more

March 2016

La Nef presents French sailors’ songs

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Captain Seán Dagher is back at the helm for a sea voyage towards new worlds. He and his crew explore the songs that accompanied French colonial expansion to Acadia and New France, Louisiana and the Caribbean, and across Africa to the Far East, during the 17th and 19th centuries.

The songs, all in French, represent many types of within the nautical oral tradition: war and conquest stories, work songs, and love songs, but also lament of the sweetheart at home and every port temptresses’ evocative call.

Musical Direction, Seán Dagher,  cittern, voice

Dorothéa Ventura, voice; David Lapierre, voice; Kate Bevan-Baker, violin, voice;  Pierre-Alexandre Saint-Yves, chalumeaux, voice; Steve Normandin, piano and diatonic accordions, harmonica, voice.

View Sea Songs

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 8 p.m

Bourgie Concert Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Box-Office: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Regular: $35,00 / MMFA members: $30,25 / 30 and under: $18,75

Taxes and service fees included

Reservation : 514.285.2000 option 4



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 New La Nef CD’s

 ÎLES CD is now for sale

Double album

 ÎLES_cadré pour web



A concert of songs based on the texts of the women Troubadours and musical interludes based on the only Trobairitz melody that survives. Seán Dagher’s original music supports these songs about love, adultery, and the state  of affairs of the day, critiques of the governments and the church.  The candour and freedom expressed by the Trobairitz seems even more daring because they were women. It is surprising to see the point to which the concerns of the women and men who lived 800 years ago resemble so much  ours concerns today.

Notes de  chevet – CD


Inspired by Makura no sōshi(The Pillow Book) by Lady Sei Shōnagon (Japan, around the year 1000), this CD offers a real interaction between music and poetry. Composition and improvisation are brought together to create original music influenced by Japanese aesthetics. Through different approaches - electronic, electric and acoustic music and poetry alternate, intercalate and blend to create a unique sound.

To order write to diffusion@la-nef.com

To see more La Nef CD, visit Discography


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