Tahiti, September 27, 2022 – The second edition of the Tahiti Soul Jazz Festival will take place from Thursday, September 29 to Saturday, 1Verse October at the Intercontinental Hotel Tahiti. Three days to the rhythms of New Orleans thanks to guest artists, but also marked for environmental responsibility. The festival is also an occasion for many cultural encounters, between Polynesian and New Orleans artists, but also with the public and college students.
After a successful first edition in 2019, the Tahiti Soul Jazz Festival returns for a second edition, starting Thursday. Until Saturday, several guest artists will take their places on stage at the InterContinental Tahiti. This year, the festival’s artistic director, French-American singer China Moses, chose to honor New Orleans. a “Evidence”, As she said, for the city is the birthplace of jazz and there, as in fenua, music is omnipresent, “Everyone plays a musical instrument.”
Tahiti also maintains a strong connection to jazz culture. “The last jazz club in the ’80s was called New Orleans.”, says festival organizer Fred Dupuy of 2DZ Productions. “All the musicians in Tahiti, in the early 1960s, were playing jazz. There are also many of them who went to play in the United States. To reconnect with this jazz tradition, we will find on stage, for three days, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Tahiti and has become the standard for big bands. He will perform as part of three groups: NOJO Brass, NOJO Seven and NOJO Soul. There will also be singer-songwriter Gabriel Cavasa,”A rising jazz star in the United States Which notably won in 2021 the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition, or soul, funk and R&B artist Erica Falls, who was the singer of the Galactic group before pursuing her solo career. Many Polynesian artists will also attend. Michel Boroy will open the festival with guitarists Silvio Cicero and Matitai Tetouanui. He will pay homage to his friend Daniel Benoit, who died in 2021 and with whom he began his career in the 1970s. On Friday, Teiva will present LC, the Polynesian soul sound, soul repertoire, R&B and funk. And on Saturday, the festival will conclude with the great orchestra of the conservatory, which will honor, during the evening, Hans Fatouira, professor of percussion at the conservatory, who also passed away in 2021.”There will be an original composition composed by Fred Rossoni and highlighting things that only Hans knew how to do. We miss him! “, Moses says China.
Tahiti Soul Jazz is not just a music festival but”Built on the values of exchange and sharing. Among the artists on the one hand, but also with the audience and schoolchildren. During the closing evening, the Conservatory’s Big Band will share the stage with all the artists in attendance at the festival, but will also present creativity, the fruit of their work with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra during their residency. Many master’s classes are also organized free of charge at the Artistic Conservatory of Polynesia. Audiences will be able to explore the theme of sound in jazz with singer Gabriel Cavasa, on Wednesdays from 3pm to 4:15pm, and on Thursdays from 4:30pm NOJO drummer and art director Adonis Rose. Finally, on Wednesday morning, the musicians of the brass band NOJO will meet with students of music lessons at Maco-Tevane College.
Another core value of the festival: environmental responsibility. So the festival aims to be virtuous with special attention given to recycling through zero waste, and a catering service that serves dishes from local produce, in short circuit. On Friday and Saturday, more than 40 environmental players (associations, institutions and individuals) will participate in the Environment Village, which is organized in the Coconut Grove of the Intercontinental.
China Moses, Artistic Director of Tahiti Soul Jazz Festival: ‘He came to me as a guide’
Adonis Rose, artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: “Music is universal. We don’t need words to communicate”
When you were offered to come and play in Tahiti with NOJO, did you not hesitate?
“Impossible. I was excited about the opportunity to export New Orleans music and culture to Tahiti. I’m China Muse in whatever she wants to do! When she told me about the festival, she shared with me what she wanted to achieve here, a cross-cultural project between the conservatory and Polynesian culture with artists Locals and New Orleans culture. She thought it was a great idea. She gave me an appointment and immediately put it on my calendar. That was two years ago!”
You walk around a lot but the general public don’t necessarily know you. Is it a challenge?
“No, I don’t think so, because music is universal. No matter where we go, we can play in front of people who have never heard of us or who don’t speak the same language, but that’s why music is brought around the world. It’s global, I don’t need to Words to connect with people.
The festival offers many meetings with local musicians during master classes at the conservatory or in schools. How do you deal with this?
“I love to teach. I love to engage with local communities and love to share my culture and what we do musically. I am always ready to work with young people, especially when it comes to helping people understand music. It is an exchange so we want to come and learn things and give something too.”
– Michel Poroi Trio (Tahiti) with Silvio Cicero and Mataitai Tetuanui
– Gabriel Cavasa Quartet (New Orleans)
Friday, September 30, 6 p.m.
– Teva LC (Tahiti)
Nojo Brass Band (New Orleans)
Erica Falls (New Orleans)
Saturday 1Verse October
– Nojo Seven (New Orleans)
– Big Band (Tahiti) and guests
On the way to the Intercontinental Hotel Tahiti. Prices per night: 3,500 XPF (shot 3), 5,000 XPF (shot 2) and 7000 XPF (shot 1); Three-day pass: 9,000 XPF (screenshot 3), 12,000 XPF (shot 2) and 18,000 XPF (screen 1). Tickets are on sale in the iStore, Smart Store and online at www.ma-billetterie.pf.
Written by Anne-Laurie Geoffroy on Tue Sep 27, 2022 at 6:57 pm | Read 195 times
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