Paris Street Music


I'm always astonished by the quality of the music to be found on the streets of Paris. Whether it’s the classical musicians and opera singers to be found under the arches in the Place des Vosges, the jazz bands in St Germain des Prés, the street musicians in Montmartre or the buskers in the Métro, street music fills the air of Paris.


Whether it is legal or not to play music on the streets in Paris is a difficult question to answer since the regulations are shrouded in the fog that is French bureaucracy. What is clear though is that street musicians don’t have the right to ask for money. It’s up to you to decide whether or not to leave a token of your appreciation by dropping some loose change into one of the boxes that adorn every street musicians pitch.


I have an extensive collection of Parisian street music in my Paris Soundscapes Archive and so here is a token of my appreciation to the street musicians of Paris.  



Jazz Trio in rue Mouffetard:  



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A String orchestra in the Métro: 



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Street singer in rue Mouffetard:



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Jazz Quartet in Place des Vosges:



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Mozart in Place Colette: 



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Le Gamin de Paris in Montmartre:  



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