Gatherings virtually and in Paris of storytelling enthusiasts from across the globe

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« Merci for a beautiful artistic night »

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« It was incredibly inspiring ! Just what I needed »

Storytelling Salon with Kay Bourgine, Franco American Singer-Songwriter, Actress and Circle Song Facilitator

April 17th 20:15 – 22:00 (CEST Paris) via ZOOM








Kay Bourgine is a Franco-American singer-songwriter, actor and facilitator. Her melodies and evocative vocals are a subtle blend of jazz and folk. She trained in New York and Paris and worked in theater and film on both sides of the pond. On top of that, in a previous life, she has sashayed down the runway for Christian Lacroix, Paco Rabanne, Dior and performed with modern dance companies in NY and on many variety shows behind pop stars on French TV.

Bringing together this spectrum of artistic experience, she launched Circle Songs Paris, collaborative vocal improvisation sessions, inspired by Bobby McFerrin. At this Storytelling Salon she will tell her story, sing a few of her songs, then lead us in some improvised Circle Songs to explore the infinite possibilities of our voices, with simple, fun games, creating spontaneous music together with rhythm, melody and sounds. You will discover that even through ZOOM we can quickly connect our voices, hearts and bodies.  

We will discover Kay’s story as she fields questions such as:

  • How roller skating helped her career as a runway model and dancer take-off 
  • How studying with Bobby McFerrin brought the freedom of spontaneous creative expression into her life 
  • How she transitioned her Circle Songs Paris events into virtual settings 
  • How Circle Songs and collaborative vocal improvisation can feature in business and other environments
  • How becoming a Feldenkrais practitioner has transformed her approach to life*
  • How she considers everything she does to be storytelling, including her improvisations and songwriting

As usual the Storytelling Salon will kick off with mingling in small groups joining guests from across the globe, the program and Q & A with the storyteller. Post event guests can leave a “virtual tip” via a follow-up email. Seats are limited. RSVP and the ZOOM link is sent 24 hours in advance. For more information see the Storytelling Salon siteFacebook and Instagram.    

                                  Your Host,


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, 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

Who attends ?

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

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.

Davóg Rynne

Singer, Musician and Actor


Saturday May 22nd

20:15 - 22:00 CET Paris

Edith de Belleville

Lawyer Turned Tour Guide,

Published Author


Saturday June 19th

20:15 - 22:00 CET Paris

Ariane Gray Hubert

Singer, Songwriter, Concert Pianist


Date : TBD

Bernadette Martin

Founder and Host

Hello, bonjour and thank you for visiting the Storytelling Salon site. My story – I am originally from Los Angeles of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.  Since 2002, I call Paris and Seattle home and feel truly“Euro-American”. I launched in 2016 (with almost 100 to date), the Storytelling Salons as a modern-day reflection of the 17th and 18th century Parisian Salons. Adapted to the 21st century, the Storytelling Salons gather online and in-person here in Paris, storytelling enthusiasts from across the globe featuring a Storyteller (performers, writers, artists), who entertain, enthrall, enlighten AND share their story. As host of these salons I am delighted to welcome virtually and here in Paris, guests from all walks of life and nationalities who share a common thread and passion for storytelling. Here I want to introduce the Storytelling Salon Team.
Yours in story,

Sami Scot

Music Accompanist

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Sami classically trained on the accordion at 5. Transitioning to keyboards and piano she joined a band at 10. Since, she has toured the world, notably France, Japan and Sweden, as a singer and pianist in leading hotels, cruise lines, restaurants and clubs. Home is now Chicago where she is a performance coach and created the PopUP Piano Bar Series.

Michelle Ou


Intellectually romantic globetrotter, Michelle lived in China, England, Australia and Hong Kong, before settling in Paris six years ago. A marketing consultant, brand strategist and culinary experience curator, in her spare time she practices the art of storytelling through gastronomy and photography.

Rob Sitbon

Web designer

Rob Sitbon is a webmaster, photographer and filmmaker. He studied at ESRA, one of the leading Film School in Paris. He shoots on location throughout the world. Rob is also an advertising and fashion photographer, whose work is published in ELLE Magazine, Gala, Voici, Femme Actuelle and on billboards. As a director his movie The War has participated in the « Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival » at the Quentin Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema.

Yukié Matsushita

Art Director
Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Yukié is an artist with a multicultural background: Japanese, American, and French. She studied art and worked as a graphic designer in NYC, then moved to Paris in 1994. Author of "ABC & Phonétique," and other books, Yukié also creates productivity planners that incorporate "mind-mapping".

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