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AJOYO by Yacine Boularès - Blue Note Jazz Festival 2018

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival features:

AJOYO - a project by French musician Yacine Boularès - on June 24, 2018 for the occasion of the European Sounds Series.

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.


About Yacine Boularès
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 (FAJE) grant for his album Abu Sadiya with Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits. 

Click here for more information about the FAJE program.


About Blue Note Jazz Festival and European Sounds Series
Established in 2011, the Blue Note Jazz Festival was initially formed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Greenwich Village's iconic Blue Note Jazz Club. This year, the Festival, in partnership with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations and nine EU Member States, has announced the inaugural European Sounds Series, to showcase European culture and jazz within the United States. The series, which kicks off June 2nd, will take place during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays throughout June at the Blue Note Jazz Club

Find the most current public lineup and schedule here.

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