Launched in 2014, PhotoSparks is a weekly characteristic from YourStory, with images that commemorate the spirit of creativity and innovation. Within the earlier 630 posts, we featured an artwork competition, cartoon gallery. world music competition, telecom expo, millets honest, local weather change expo, wildlife convention, startup competition, Diwali rangoli, and jazz competition.
Thought to be one of many largest and longest-running jazz festivals on the planet, the Montreal Worldwide Jazz Pageant (MIJF) was again in model this summer season, after a two-year pandemic hole. See my earlier writeups from the editions in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
See additionally my photograph essays on the Java Jazz Pageant in Jakarta and Borneo Jazz Pageant in Miri, and compilation of 130 inspiring quotes on creativity and jazz on the event of Worldwide Jazz Day.
The annual music deal with in Montreal options lots of of artistes throughout 10 days in June-July, performing in over two dozen venues. The showcase has been operating for 4 a long time now.
Attendee figures for MIJF run into lots of of 1000’s of music followers every year. The competition additionally contains avenue performers, giant artwork installations, and even cartoons.
“There have been greater than 350 concert events, two-thirds of which have been free,” explains Maurin Auxéméry, Director, Reserving for MIJF, in a chat with YourStory.
Maurin Auxéméry, Director, MIJF Reserving – third from left (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
“We went down the digital highway within the first yr of the pandemic. The target was primarily to help native musicians,” he remembers.
“We have been in a position to do a lowered model in September – nothing in contrast with a traditional competition. This time, we featured extra and larger presents to an viewers we now have missed within the final two years,” Maurin enthuses.
“The strains for artistes akin to Louis Cole or Laufey have been insane, and Domi & JD Beck offered out as nicely. Jazz is alive. Nu-jazz is getting a lot consideration,” he says.
Now, what have you executed at this time to pause in your busy schedule and discover new methods to connect with your inventive core?
Al di Meola (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Legendary guitarist Al Di Meola has a variety of jazz, fusion and world music albums to his credit score, akin to Elegant Gypsy, Friday Night time in San Francisco, Hovering By means of a Dream, and Kiss My Axe. He carried out together with musicians akin to Amit Kavthekar, a Mumbai-born Boston-based tabla participant and instructor who has additionally performed at Chicago’s World Music Pageant.
Angelique Francis (photograph by Madanmohan Rao)
Angelique Francis is an Ottawa-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Her music blends blues, soul, jazz and rock. She performed a high-energy set showcasing her skills on acoustic and electrical bass, each anchoring and main the six-piece band. She has carried out at Sighisoara Blues Pageant (Romania), Ottawa Jazz Pageant, Aurora Winter Blues Pageant, and Calabogie Blues Pageant.
Adi Oasis (photograph by Benoit Rousseau)
Adi Oasis carried out her trademark groove melodies, mixing clean jazz, soul, and R&B. The French-Caribbean singer can be a multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Born and raised in Ottawa, Adi has additionally carried out at Central Park Summerstage, Ottawa Blues Pageant, and Winter Jazz Fest.
Anomalie (photograph by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
Anomalie is the stay digital venture of Nicolas Dupuis, a keyboardist and producer primarily based in Montreal. His initiatives embody Metropole, and he has carried out at Summercamp, Infrasound, Sonic Bloom, and Toronto Jazz Pageant. His movies have reached tens of millions of views worldwide.
Arooj Aftab (photograph by Benoit Rousseau)
Arooj Aftab is the first-ever Pakistani artiste to win a Grammy Award, in April 2022. She performs a variety of musical kinds together with jazz and neo-Sufi. Raised in Lahore, she moved to the US and attended the Berklee School of Music. Her information embody Chook Underneath Water and Siren Islands.
Chelsea Carmichael (photograph by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin)
Chelsea Carmichael is a London-based composer and saxophonist. Her 2021 debut album is The River Doesn’t Like Strangers. She grew up in a musical household, and was a part of the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. She studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, and provides lectures on music.
Corinne Bailey Rae (photograph by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin)
Corinne Bailey Rae is a UK-based singer and songwriter. Her award-winning debut album was Put Your Data On, and she or he has obtained two Grammy Awards, She has additionally composed music for movie and tv. She has carried out at Byron Bay Blues Pageant, Glastonbury, Newport Jazz Pageant, and Scrumptious Pageant (Johannesburg).
Dominique Fils-Aime (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Dominique Fils-Aimé is a Canadian singer from Quebec. Her album Keep Tuned! received the Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the 12 months in 2020. She was born and raised in Montreal to immigrant dad and mom from Haiti. Her debut album is titled Anonymous, an exploration of blues music.
Immanuel Wilkins (photograph by Madanmohan Rao)
Immanuel Wilkins is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer. His debut album was Omega, named the No.1 Jazz Album of 2020 by The New York Instances. His subsequent album was The seventh Hand. His music displays influences of essential thought and African diasporic non secular practices.
Jesse Prepare dinner (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Jesse Prepare dinner is an award-winning Canadian guitarist in jazz and flamenco kinds. He has received the Juno Award and Acoustic Guitar Participant’s Selection Award. His album lineup contains Tempest, Gravity, Vertigo, Free Fall, Nomad, and Frontiers. He studied at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music and Berklee School of Music.
Kamasi Washington (photograph by Frédérique Ménard-Aubin)
Kamasi Washington is a US-based jazz saxophonist, with an album lineup together with The Proclamation, Mild of the World, The Epic, and Heaven and Earth. His model blends jazz, hip-hop and R&B. He has collaborated with musicians akin to Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Wayne Shorter, and Kendrick Lamar.
Lindsey Stirling (photograph by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
Lindsey Stirling is a US-based violinist, songwriter, and dancer, famend for her choreographed violin performances. Her kinds span jazz, pop and digital music. Her second album Shatter Me received the Billboard Music Awards in 2015. Her different albums embody Courageous Sufficient, Hotter within the Winter, and Artemis.
Makaya McCraven (photograph by Benoit Rousseau)
Makaya McCraven is a prolific drummer, composer, and producer, whose latest album is In These Instances. He was born in France in a musical household, after which moved to the US. He studied on the College of Massachusetts Amherst, and launched his debut album, Cut up Resolution in 2012. His influences embody folks music, straight-ahead jazz, and hip-hop.
Maria Jose Llergo (photograph by Marie Emmanuelle Laurin)
María José Llergo is a Spanish singer whose EPs embody Sanación. The music blends flamenco with different influences, combining custom with modernity, guitar and electronica. She is thus considered a ‘bridge’ affect in music circles, taking new trails and exploring unknown locations.
Melanie Charles (photograph by Benoit Rousseau)
Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, and flutist of Haitian descent. Her music spans jazz, soul, and Haitian roots music. Her initiatives embody the podcast Make Jazz Trill Once more. She is a robust advocate of taking jazz to the youth, reflecting her deep take care of neighborhood and tradition.
Ravi Coltrane (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
Ravi Coltrane is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He’s the second son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, and was named after Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. His albums embody Spirit Fiction, and he has carried out with Steve Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Joanne Brackeem, and different greats.
The Roots (photograph by Victor Diaz Lamich)
The Roots are an American band mixing jazz with hip-hop. They’ve served as the home band on The Tonight Present starring Jimmy Fallon. Their albums embody Organix, Issues Fall Aside, The Roots Come Alive, The Tipping Level, and Rising Down. They’ve additionally based a inventive arts faculty that helps help college students in stay performances and profession administration.
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