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Album Release: Ancestral Memories

Starting their efforts for “Ancestral Memories” in 2015, co-composers Terry and Trotignon researched the sounds of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti and New Orleans. They collaborated through email and Skype sessions to write repertoire that bestows contemporary relevance on what might be termed “the Antilles aesthetic” after the archipelago comprising Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the smaller islands stretching from Antigua to Trinidad. Doing so, they touched on rituals and street beats, hymns and the minuet, reaching back to make music for today and provide a new perspective on the past for tomorrow.

The two discussed the album, which melds the blues born of slavery, the sophistication of the salon, and chants and rhythms of the African diaspora transformed under French colonization in the Caribbean. “We wanted the music on this album to be generous, warm, languorous, violent like in spiritual island trances, and gentle like children’s nursery rhymes, all while trying to blend the sophistication of language with dance — our ancestral source of energy,” said Trotignon, who contributed five compositions to the album. Terry also wrote five of the themes on “Ancestral Memories,” plays chekeré as well as soprano and alto saxes on it and considers the album a musical tribute to his grandmother's Haitian heritage.

“Ancestral Memories” is now available for purchase.
Additional information on the project can be found at www.yosvanyterry.com.

This project was made possible thanks to the support of FAJE (French-American Jazz Exchange), a program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) Foundation, in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.