Silvano Jo - Singer, Actor, Dancer and Stage Artist February 27th 20:15 - 22:00 (CEST Paris) via ZOOM
Sylvain is an actor, dancer, singer and stage artist with a career that spans 20 years. He produced and stars in the cross-dressed cabaret show “Chanson Française” where as “Silvano Jo” (his stage name) he takes on as many as 20 characters. At this Storytelling Salon, Sylvain will appear as “Silvano Jo”, and take us on a musical Parisian journey through time, telling about the singer-songwriters, the history around the songs and the different styles. With costume changes planned, “Silvano Jo” will transition to several characters from the show and perform excerpts accompanied by Matthieu Michard, a wonderful pianist and accordionist.
Launched in 2016 at his home-stage studio in Paris, “Silvano Jo” has performed 200+ shows to over 2500 guests. At this Storytelling Salon we will get taste of the “Chanson Française” repertory of different epochs and styles spanning more than a century of French Songs.
More on Silvano Jo……..Sylvain’s passion for singing started in childhood, listening to vinyls and watching French « variétés » or tv shows. As he grew older he was fascinated by songs from the late 19th century and decades after. His passion today is to perform Chanson in concert hall cafés, piano bars, cabaret venues and for the last five years chez lui in his home-stage studio. He is passionate about the history around the songs and the different styles such as the Montmartre epoch of Yvette Guilbert and “Café Concert” (1900’s), Vaudeville era with stars like Mistinguett or Maurice Chevalier, the glorious Pigalle era (1910-20’s), and major singer/songwriters like Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet (1930-40-50’s), Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Aznavour (1960-70’s), French pop, and many more up until todays’ generation.
I had the pleasure to attend three performances of Chanson Francaise and I’m delighted to share a taste of the show with you at this Storytelling Salon. As always, these monthly Storytelling Salons that ENTERTAIN, ENTHRALL, EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof, are attended by Storytelling enthusiasts from around the world to mingle, interact and to be entertained. RSVP HERE
Your host in Paris,
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Storytelling Salon?
Monthly virtual and on-site events featuring a Storyteller (Singer, Actor, Musician, Magician, Impersonator, Performer, Artist, Author, Dancer), who tells their story and ENTERTAINS, ENTHRALLS, EDUCATES, INSPIRES, ENLIGHTENS or any combination thereof. Hosted from Paris by Bernadette Martin.
Who are the Storytellers?
Entertainers, Artists, Impersonators, Musicians, Actors, Performers, Magicians, Authors, Singers, and Dancers who will ENTERTAIN, AMUSE, EDUCATE, ENTHRALL, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof and tell their story
Storytelling enthusiasts join virtually from around the world and guests attend on-site in Paris to mingle, interact and to be entertained.
What is the cost and how to RSVP
General Admission is 10 Euros with “tip jar” for Storyteller or contribution to Storytellers favorite charity. RSVP on Eventbrite site HERE. To view previous 70 + events click PAST EVENTS
5) What is the flow of a Storytelling Salon?
Guests check in via ZOOM and channeled to breakout rooms for pre-event mingling. Welcome by Host Bernadette Martin
Introduction of Storyteller who shares their story and entertains, enlightens, educates or any combination thereof. Q&A from guests. Post event mingling
Welcome and Bienvenue! If you have read the Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQ page, many of your questions about the Storytelling Evenings may have been answered so you might ask…….what’s my story? I felt the extract below from an interview conducted by Sean Ryan – Communications Consultant gives you a snapshot. Sean has attended 17 out of 25 Storytelling Evenings.
Tell us about your story…where you grew up?
Originally from Los Angeles I am of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US. After a first degree in French followed by an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management I embarked on a career in branding on the client and advertising agency side holding positions in Asia, Europe and North America. In 2002 I moved to Paris which coincided with transitioning from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur. Having lived in Paris since 2002 I feel truly « Euro-American ». A long distance swimmer (former long distance runner) and Bikram (hot) Yoga practitioner I find my « zen » in the H2O doing endless laps. My favorite Tibetan proverb, « Happiness is not at the end of the road, it’s the road that brings happiness ».
What is your “day” job?
As Founder of Visibility Branding I help professionals identify, clarify and message their personal brand (online & offline) using storytelling. I am a Personal Brand Strategist, Storyteller, eReputation Analyst and author of « Storytelling about Your Brand Online and Offline » These Storytelling Evenings are a brand extension of my « day job » and are a chance for me to welcome guests from all walks of life and nationalities where the common thread is a desire to hear a good story, and share an amazing meal and convivial evening together. For more on my “day” job visit my site or go the the Visibility Branding PAGE.
Why did you decide to launch your Storytelling Evenings in June 2014?
I have been an expat for most of my life, the last 14 years here in Paris. What triggered the launch was, to use the French expression, a “concours de circonstance”. Having moved into a larger apartment, this allowed me to welcome guests chez moi (tapping into my love for entertaining and meeting new people), as well as cook (designing menus inspired from my travels), and more importantly provide entertainment around Storytelling…..my passion.
Where do you find the Storytellers?
Some approach me having heard of these events. However, for the most part they are people I know well. An example is my good friend Ayke Agus a world class pianist, violinist and author of Heifetz as I Knew Him . She will feature when she passes through Paris this year. Others are recommended or people I meet here in Paris. I have the reputation as the “networking queen’ with affiliations and membership across a range of professional and cultural associations such as Toastmasters, Professional Women’s Network, Arts & Arena, American University Clubs of France, Paris Women of Success, Project Management Institute, my alumni association Thunderbird School of Global Management and others. At events is where I often meet potential storytellers where my innate curiosity in hearing other people’s stories prompts me to ask if they would like to feature.
How do you see the future progression of these Storytelling Evenings?
I plan to continue hosting these events wherever I live and in parallel with my professional career. I do plan on keeping these events intimate, on a small scale with ever changing delightful menus and chez moi.
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