European Sounds Series: France – Yacine Boularès: AJOYO
@ Blue Note Jazz Club – Shows @ 11:30AM & 1:30PM (Doors @ 10:30AM & 1PM)
**Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**
Yacine Boularès: AJOYO
Presented in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York
AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. More than music, it’s a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together.
AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Stomping towards you in the eye of the dancer, arms open, horns, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent. The project originated in these encounters and influences, as Yacine assembled a band that reconciles his North African and Western heritages. AJOYO features vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles and celebrates life, love and justice through socially conscious lyrics and music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance.
Based in New York and originally from France & Tunisia, Yacine Boularès has played sax, composed and arranged music for Cameroonian musicians such as former Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo, for the late Martino Atangana, for the Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo, and for Placido Domingo’s latest album Encanto Del Mar. He is also recipient of the French-American Jazz Exchange for his album Abu Sadiya with Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits.« Back to Events