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French-American panel at Jazz Congress 2021

Jazz professionals, interested to know more about the jazz markets in France and the US? Tune in on May 18 from 12pm to 1pm (EST) for a  free online panel titled French-American Connections: Challenges and solutions for virtual collaborations, re-opening and touring, as part of the Jazz Congress 2021 virtual editionThis panel will discuss the challenges of French-American collaborations in today's world and help you to better understand the jazz market on both sides of the Atlantic.

It will be moderated by Sébastien Vidal, artistic director of the historic Parisian jazz club Le Duc des Lombards, where artists from France and around the world come to perform. Vidal is also the director of TSFJAZZ, a French jazz radio station boasting more than 430,000 listeners daily. Abroad, he actively promotes and disseminates work from the French jazz scene, particularly in New York, where he organizes the annual French Quarter jazz festival.

Panelists include Paula Abreu, Associate Director of Programming at CityParks Foundation’s SummerStage, Valérie Malot, CEO of music agency 3D Family Alexandre Pierrepont, anthropologist and founder of The Bridge and Jacques Schwarz-Bart, musician & composer. 

To access the panel, simply register for Jazz Congress 2021 here!

This panel is hosted by the Jazz Congress, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Centre National de la Musique. 

About the Panelists

SummerStage’s Associate Director of Programming Paula Abreu has spent over a decade programming shows and festivals, diversifying bills with a wide range of forward-thinking, international acts. At SummerStage, she is responsible for booking and curating music programs focusing on global and jazz performances, including memorable projects such as the first all Cape Verdean lineup at the festival, featuring Cesária Évora Orchestra, Mayra Andrade and Dino D'Santiago, and bringing back legendary Brazilian singer Elza Soares to the US after many years. Before SummerStage, Paula worked at the Red Hot Organization and Lincoln Center, and was inspired to pursue a career in the arts after working on a business project for six months in Angola. She holds a Master’s in Performing Arts Administration from NYU. From Rio de Janeiro, Abreu has been calling NYC home since 2010. 

For over two decades, Valérie Malot has worked in musical production between Paris, New York and other cities on either side of the Atlantic. Her independent agency 3D Family supports artistic projects that bridge linguistic, geographical and cultural borders. It organizes as many as 300 concerts each year for artists such as: Amadou & Mariam, Fatoumata Diawara, Nasheet Waits, Saul Williams, Avishai Cohen, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Mamani Keïta, David Murray and Roberto Fonseca. It invests in recording projects, manages artists and supports the production and distribution of their music. Committed to cross-cultural and cross-genre interaction, it has supported collaborations between Columbian and African musicians and between legendary jazz musicians and artists who specialize in hip hop, rock or pop. Malot’s organization also develops projects that tackle social issues; in 2014-15, it launched the Africa Stop Ebola campaign, which diffused critical information to change attitudes and behavior relating to the Ebola virus. The project resulted in a singing competition in Guinee that was nominated for an award through the Obama administration’s Fighting Ebola, a Grand Challenge for Development grant program.

Alexandre Pierrepont. Photo Credit @ Perraud.

Alexandre Pierrepont is an anthropologist and the founder of The Bridge, a transatlantic network for jazz and creative music. Dividing his time between North America and France, he maintains a lifelong interest in "diversality" -- from the poetic to the political -- in the phenomena of "double consciousness" and otherness in Western societies, and in African-American music as an alternative social institution. As an anthropologist who strives to make the worlds of scientific research and socio-musical experimentation communicate on an everyday basis, he often sails the high seas, most recently thanks to the transatlantic exchange network The Bridge. He is the author of Le Champ jazzistique (Éd. Parenthèses, 2002), La Nuée - L'AACM, un jeu de société musicale (Parenthèses, 2015), and chaos, cosmos, music (Éd. MF, 2021), and he is co-editor with Philippe Carles on Polyfree - La jazzosphère, et ailleurs (1970 - 2015) (Éd. Outre Mesure, 2016).

Jacques Schwarz-Bart. Photo Credit @ Marc Baptiste.

Jacques Schwarz-Bart is a musician and composer who has been at the center of the musical revolutions of neo soul and New Jazz and is a leading pioneer of two styles: Gwoka Jazz, a signature style he introduced with the album Soné Ka-La in 2006, and Voodoo jazz. A founding member of Roy Hargrove RH Factor, JSB’s impressionistic writing, powerful tone, and broad language have fueled his growing presence on the world stage. Raised at the juncture of two cultures, by a Caribbean mother and a Jewish father, he briefly worked in government in Paris before pursuing music at Berklee in Boston. He then went on to publish 10 CDs, explore various styles and tour the world before returning to Berklee as a professor. Fifteen years after releasing Soné Ka-La, he revisits the musical landscape of Guadeloupe to approach Gwoka Jazz with a new vision in the album Soné Ka-La 2 — Odyssey. The album’s title draws on the epic in which Ulysses returns home after exploring different worlds, and it references the Middle Passage, paying homage to those souls “who found the strength to create art and music that have reshaped and elevated the modern world.”

Jazz Congress

Organized by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes, Jazz Congress is an American conference featuring performances, workshops, panels and networking sessions. Its three previous editions, organized at Jazz at Lincoln Center, welcomed over 1100 attendees from all over the world, including artists, programmers, agents, media representatives and numerous other jazz professionals.

This year, Jazz Congress will take place entirely online from May 17 to 20, 2021 and will address the concerns and needs facing the global jazz community during this challenging, unprecedented time. While registration is free, participants can donate to support Jazz Congress and ensure the success of next year's edition.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services are a division of the French Embassy in the United States. Under the leadership of Gaëtan Bruel, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy and Permanent Representative of French Universities in the United States, Cultural Services of the French Embassy promote the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C and eight other cities across the country, the French Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions, and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. 

CNM (Centre National de la Musique)

Created in 2020 by the French Ministry of Culture, the CNM provides the French music sector with the tools and support mechanisms needed to develop nationally and globally. It takes on the activities and services of Le Bureau Export – the French music export office. Focusing on Connections and Communication to ensure successful international collaborations for made-in-France projects, the CNM provides a wide range of assistance and services to music professionals around the world.