Sunday, May 18th~ Tamboo Lounge~ Brockton, Mass.
There has never been a better time for jazz and poetry lovers, and Sunday night, the Brockton audience was given the opportunity to enjoy a performance of interwoven music and words at the Tamboo.
To celebrate Haitian Flag Day, Buyu Ambroise opened the evening with a rendition of La Dessalinienne, the Haitian national anthemand his inspired tenor sax solo delighted the public. He was followed by the energetic pyrotechnics of Markus Schwartz on percussion.
Then Michèle Marcelin recited the exhilarating rapjaz by Frankétienne; a complicated, intricate tapestry of mental associations and of words torn apart and scattered. As she chanted, shouted, whispered and spoke the poem, Michèle worked the pauses between her lines to ride on the musicians’ groove and waited to start the next verse until a time so organic with the music that it felt predetermined.
The elegant and melancholy Mon pays que voici (My country ) by Anthony Phelps, was accompanied by Lou Rainone gliding over the piano keys with a gracefulness that echoed the lyricism of the poem. During the sensuous tenderness of Syto Cavé‘s M’anvi (I want), the musical improvisation of the entire Blues in Red band , both as interlude and accompaniment was marvelous.