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These Artists Are Building A 'Bridge' Across The Atlantic — With Music

Since 2013, The Bridge has united dozens of musicians from France and Chicago to create music and share cultural experiences.
Posted at 5:11 PM, May 19, 2016

French anthropologist Alexandre Pierrepont can be pretty esoteric when he describes music. 

He says things like this: "It's just as much about understanding as misunderstanding. I'm a firm believer that we need misunderstandings to get a better understanding." 

Or this: "'Jazz' has never existed. It's just a name. It's a label given to a process, or metrics, a family of music, a philosophy."

What isn't difficult to understand is The Bridge: his network of creative musicians from France and Chicago. Since 2013, The Bridge has connected dozens of French and American musicians in a sort of musical exchange program. Four times a year, musicians with The Bridge traverse the Atlantic Ocean to create music and share cultural experiences.

We talked to Pierrepont about where he got the idea and what he hopes to accomplish.