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Atlas Presents Jazz: AJOYO

Atlas Performing Arts Center
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Atlas Presents: Yacine Boulares’ AJOYO
Part of DC JAZZ FEST's Jazz in the ‘Hoods®
featuring Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Performance begins at 8:00pm.

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.

Performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with the artists.

Yacine Boulares is a French-Tunisian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in New York. A graduate from La Sorbonne in Philosophy and the Conservatoire National de Paris, Yacine is also a Fulbright and New School for Jazz and Contemporary grantee. A versatile musician and composer, his debut album AJOYO was released in 2015 on Ropeadope Records and played on radios throughout the world from New Yorks’ WNYC to French RFI, London’s Jazz FM, National radio in Brazil, South Africa and Nigeria. A sought after sideman and arranger, he regularly records and performs with the likes of Placido Domingo (Encanto Del Mar 2014), Tabou Combo, Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann… In 2015 his project Abu Sadiya with Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits was awarded the French American Jazz Exchange and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. The trio album, exploring the Stambeli music of Tunisia, was released in 2017 with the French label Accords Croisés. Acclaimed by the press after its French release the trio was selected to perform at the Jazzahead festival in Bremen, Germany. Their first US tour is slated for April 2018 and will include a performance at the Lincoln Center Atrium and Atlas Performing Arts Center. Concurrently to his activities as a performer and a composer, Yacine teaches song-writing at the French Heritage Language Program in NYC. In 2016-17 he is an artist in residence at the Baltimore School for performing arts where he is commissioned to compose a suite of songs blending Jazz with West and North African rhythms. Yacine is a D’Addario woodwinds and Lebayle Mouthpieces artist.

Sarah Elizabeth Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York City. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy and released her debut record, “Red” in September of 2012 with her band SCOPE. As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including SCOPE, AJOYO, Manner Effect, Transient Beings, Enoch Smith Jr. and Ben Rando) Charles has performed at many venues throughout her career, including The White House, Carnegie Hall, the first annual Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, The Kennedy Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, the Blue Note in New York City, Gillette Stadium as a National Anthem singer for the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival and many more. Charles’ musical output has been described as a “genre of one” (DownBeat Magazine), “soulfully articulate” (NY Times) and “an unmatched sound” (Jay Z’s Life+Times). Her critically acclaimed sophomore project, “Inner Dialogue”, released in 2015 on Truth Revolution Records, features her band along with co-producer/special guest Christian Scott. Her third album, “Free of Form” will be released everywhere as of October 6th, 2017 on Ropeadope/Stretch Music and will feature SCOPE as well as Scott as co-producer/special guest. One can only look to the future for more unique and boundary pushing music from this one of a kind artist.

This engagement of AJOYO is made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. More information about the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation can be found at midatlanticarts.org.