2017 is off to a very good start, which strengthens our expectations of having a great time with the artists represented here during the course of the year. Here are the first news:
7-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa teamed up with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles from Venezuela to record his exquisitely beautiful world-jazz CD “Transparent Water”, with touches of sheng (traditional Chinese flute) by Wu Tong, of Silk Road fame. He will celebrate the February release in France (on World Village/PIAS) with a concert in Marciac on March 4 and in Paris on March 16 (Café de la Danse).
French artist Gaelle Buswel, a singer/guitarist/author/composer whose new album “New Day’s Waiting” , the third one, inspired by Americana, blues, rock and sung in English, will be released in March, will celebrate this release with a concert at the great Paris venue Café de la Danse, on March 10, after having performed as the opening act for the Mountain Men at the same venue in January.
On January 18, at the Sunside jazz club in Paris, the extraordinary composer, pianist, clarinet and saxophone player Renaud-Gabriel Pion presents the music of his 5th album “New York Sketches”, a work borne out of the sounds of the city, in both his composition and recording. Guest performances by Iva Bittová, Arto Lindsay, or Ryuichi Sakamoto, both vocal and instrumental, helped bring it to life.
The Paris Festival “Les Sons d’Hiver” (the Sounds of Winter) will present some of our favourite international artists presented here in France: The Duo Vijay Iyer – Wadada Leo Smith, whose album “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” is on release on ECM, will perform on January 17;
the Voodoo Jazz Trio of the great Jacques Schwarz-Bart
will be in concert there on January 22.
And the French quintet of Emile Parisien, with the special guests Joachim Kühn on piano from Germany and the much admired trumpet player Michel Portal from France (label ACT).
On February 21, French pianist and composer Eve Risser will celebrate the release of her new CD « Les Deux Versants se regardent » (the two sides – of a canyon – look at each other) with her White Desert Orchestra (January 2017 cover artist of German magazine JazzThetik, fascinating international reviews at the London Barbican jazz festival, at the Guardian etc.). The performance will take place at the Paris Studio de l’Ermitage.