It was nothing like Kigali had ever witnessed. The Sentire live performance by French jazz composer and pianist Laurent Assoulen on the Rwanda Income Authority (RRA) auditorium in Kimihurura on Thursday night had one other identify: the “perfumed live performance”.

However what’s a “perfumed live performance”? This query in itself was the motivation of many who confirmed up on the live performance, which was a part of a sequence of occasions organized to mark the celebrations of Europe Day and Europe Week in Kigali.

For individuals who have some data of Italian and Latin, sentire is a phrase which means to really feel, to listen to or to scent.

Assoulen’s live performance combined piano music and perfumes, completely different perfumes accompanying the completely different items he carried out for the night time. The piano was his companion for the night time and took heart stage. On it, he proceeded to play solely his authentic musical compositions.

However he began his efficiency with an improvised piece that lasted about 5 minutes, simply to ensure the piano was in good situation. After that, it was time for his personal compositions, and the time collectively to debunk the thriller of the “fragrance live performance”.

Assoulen revealed that he created the entire scents whereas additionally creating the music that every scent accompanied. In numerous corners of the auditorium, younger ladies sat at tables above which had been tiny packing containers of fragrance.

The free live performance didn’t entice many individuals. Pictures of Faustin Niyigena

Earlier than enjoying every bit of music, the “perfumers” descended on the viewers by distributing skinny white strips of paper that weren’t odd paper; they got here soaked in several scents. Every scent informed the story of the music it accompanied.

After every bit, the French performer stood up from the piano to supply a short clarification of the inspiration behind the music. Then the entire music-perfume routine can be repeated as soon as extra.

On the finish of the efficiency, the RRA auditorium was bathed in scents of various sweetness.

The live performance was a part of numerous cultural actions to mark the celebrations for the sixtieth anniversary of the European Union in Rwanda. This specific live performance was organized by the European Union in partnership with the French Institute of Rwanda, which introduced within the French pianist.

The Chief Justice of Rwanda, Sam Rugege and the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Rwanda, Leoni Cuelenaere, amongst others attended.

After the efficiency, authentic autographed CDs of Assoulen’s music, accompanied by the accompanying perfumes, had been bought on the entrance.

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