Young artist Luan Pommier is not a stranger to some people

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Luan Pommier - Photo: Évelyne Chaville

Luan Pommier has been in the spotlight since her magnificent performance on the programme La France a un Incroyable Talent but, more than two years ago, she had already won over the public by participating in “Piano dans la Ville” as part of the festival Première Rencontre Autour du Piano. Kariculture was there and offers you these images.

On Tuesday, November 10, televiewers in France and the French Overseas Territories discovered Luan Pommier who will turn 21 next November 25. Young Guadeloupean woman made a real demonstration of her talents as a singer and pianist in the programme La France a un Incroyable Talent, broadcast on the M6 channel, by performing Alicia Keys’ song, “Empire State of Mind”.

The four jurors of the TV programme were captivated by the performance of the young visually impaired artist – who also plays the violin, guitar, flute and drums – and one of them even gave her his “Golden Buzzer”, which qualified her directly for the final.

If the stellar candidate wins this competition, she will then receive 100,000 euros. This nice sum will be very useful to her because, after studying art at the Carnot High School in Pointe-à-Pitre and then attending a music school in Paris, Luan Pommier will continue her education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where she has been admitted.

A vast musical culture

However, while many discovered this “diamond” during the show, some of us had already seen Luan Pommier’s performances. Indeed, on Saturday, June 9, 2018, Piano dans la Ville took place on the Place du Marché aux Épices in Pointe-à-Pitre as part of the festival Première Rencontre Autour du Piano. This event invites all beginners and experienced pianists to share a few musical notes with the audience, it is also an original way to democratize this musical instrument.

Luan Pommier was one of those artists who spontaneously sat down at the piano. She first sang “If I Ain’t Got You” a song by Alicia Keys (she’s probably a fan of the American star!) accompanied by one of her friends who is also a pianist. Then, she performed the very popular song “Élwa” and a medley of several tracks by Guadeloupean artists such as “On Doucè” by Gilles Floro and “An Nou Rékonsilyé” by Patrick Saint-Éloi and Viviane Rangon.

The young artist was very keen to take part in the festival: “she wanted to attend the master class taught by Colombian pianist Jesús Javier Molina Acosta, who was one of the guests”, recalls Steve Nuissier, the founder and artistic director of the festival.

Remember that this 10th edition of Première Rencontre Autour du Piano had the famous Martinican pianist, Mario Canonge, as guest of honour.