Haiti - Music : 8th Edition of the International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince
For its 8th edition, the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival will host 24 groups from 12 countries, from Saturday January 18 to Saturday 25, with a preview on Friday, January 17, in Cap-Haitian (North).
With an original programming that will allow fans to see live performances of Daniel Mille (France), the renown guitarist Lionel Loueke performing as Trio (Benin/USA) and Sandra Nkaké (Cameroon/France) French Jazz revelation (at Victoire de la Musique 2012), only to mention the best known, Port au Prince’ festival definitely falls in the must-see of Caribbean International jazz with this 8th edition.
With the support of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture, of 9 embassies and the International Organization of the Francophony, faithful partners of the Haiti Jazz Foundation, jazz fans will discover a variety of international program including :
Jochen Ruckert (Germany),Pascale Mohy (Belgium), Lionel Loueke Trio (Benin / USA), Sandra Nkaké (Cameroon / France), Julie Michels (Canada), Angel Parra Trio (Chile), Stomboli Trio (Spain), The Soul Rebels (United States), Daniel Mille (France), BwaKore (Martinique), Hiram Gomez Blazques (Mexico), Daniel Schenker Quartet (Switzerland), Swing Brosse System – Jazz Manouche (France).
"Creole Jazz and Haitian flavors” to discover with pianist Willerm Delisfort (Haitian-American) – first time on stage in Haiti, Internationally acclaimed Haitian Canadian Luc Mervil will be performing for the first time at the festival, renowned musician Reginald Policard – interpreting live his new album for the first time, Mushy Widmaier featuring sax player Felipe Lamoglia, James Germain, Claude Carré, Darline Desca, Nadège Tippenhauer, Melo Jazz, X-Key, Michaelle Cartwright, Trio Bemol or the promising pianist Josué Alexis.
This year the festival will be launch in Cap Haitian, second largest city of the country, in the northern region, close to the famous Citadelle. The 8th International Jazz Festival will start with one free concert at the Cultural Centre Jacques Stephen Alexis, then will continue in the capital. In Port-au-Prince, from the 18th to the 25th, after each concert, free "after-hours" will be held in various restaurants of the city. These happenings are unique moments, when all musicians get together to create spontaneous "jam sessions" full of surprises. During their stay, international artists will give workshops, every morning, from Monday 20th to Friday, January 24th.
Music, art and tourism. This year the Festival will « rock » especially with the powerful Sandra Nkaké, a French/Cameroon artist whose voice and style were celebrated in 2012 as "revelation of the Year" by the Victoires du Jazz (France). The public will also discover Swing Brosse System, a French family performing "gypsy jazz" who was eager to be programmed in the Festival, since they adopted a Haitian child for many year and have a special bond with the country. Creole Jazz, Haitian American artist, Haitian famous artists will blends their particular flavors altogether with the international bands in a unique music mix. A treat for jazz fans in the country and an opportunity for visitors to discover Haiti.
This year, the involvement of the Ministry of Tourism in this musical, cultural and touristic event underscores the growing popularity of the Festival ; visitors from Montreal, Canada can now found packages for the festival week ! "The jazz festival is a golden opportunity for Haiti to welcome foreign artists on its land, who can immerse themselves in our culture, and let our special vibes inspire new melodies "says Stephanie Villedrouin, Minister of Tourism. The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival is definitely settling itself as a cultural and touristic event not to be missed... Haiti is a country where the arts mingle with each other in great harmony, as reflected by 2014 Festival’s poster designed around a beautiful painting by Haitian artist Sully Gutenberg.
Last but not least, for the first time the Festival will have a shuttle to transport musicians and festival goers between venues, thanks to Air France. And already 5 international media (United States, Canada, France) have signed up to follow this year's Festival...
For the program and discover the artist profiles visit : http://www.papjazzhaiti.org/en