2 pure jazzy nights with renowned singer and musicians
You can purchase the ticket via Urbtix here.
Le French May Arts festival presents its 3rd Live Jazz Series and this time in collaboration with World Jazz Live Series. Enjoy the ride: you will be listening to the soulful music and rhythms of some of today’s most talented jazz musicians inspired by different cultures.
Laïka and the Unit
The 1st night is an homage to “The Women I Grew Up With…”. Billie, Abbey. Shirley, Carmen & Nina.
Laïka dedicates her singing to the voices who have had a great influence on her subtile sence of phrasing, elegant interpretation and intimate stage presence.
LAÏKA Fatien – Singer
Born in Paris in 1968, of an Ivory Coast father and a Moroccan-Spanish mother, Laïka was raised mainly by women (her grandmother, mother, and aunt) in a Moroccan Jewish family. She was the first French artist ever to be signed by Universal Jazz in 2009.
The Japanese designer Issey Miyake selected Laïka as his “European Muse” for the Fashion International Exhibition in Tokyo. After studying at the Centre d’Informations Musicales (CIM), and the Institut Art Culture Perception (IACP), she enters the Claude Bolling Big Band in 1992 and worked with them for 7 years. They toured in Thailand, Mexico, Salvador, Korea, and France.
Christopher Thomas – Bassist
Grammy nominated in 2014, Christopher Thomas was born in 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri. His musical venture began with the violin, then quickly gravitated towards the cello and the double bass. He began his bass studies under the guidance of Henry Lowe, Principal Bassist of St. Louis Symphony and later, attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied under the tutelage of Richard Davis. He continued his education at the University of New Orleans, studying and playing weekly shows with his mentor and teacher, Mr. Ellis Marsalis. He had played and recorded with other artists such as Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Joshua Redman, Marianne Faithful, Daniel Lanois, Everlast, Macy Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Laïka, Ayo, Dianne Reeves, Jean-Louis Murat and more recently Norah Jones.
Daniel Garcia Bruno – Drummer
Born and raised in Madrid (Spain), Daniel GARCIA BRUNO began his drums studies at the Taller de Musicos in Madrid. He starts playing professionally at the age of 15. He later attended the Dick Grove School of Music in Los Angeles and studies drums and percussion with David Garibaldi, Peter Erskine, Peter Donald and Luis Conte. Since then, he has played and recorded with: Dee Dee BRIDGEWATER, Jerry GONZALEZ, Julien LOURAU, Alain JEAN-MARIE, Jeremy PELT, Laurent CUGNY, Bob SANDS BIG BAND, Javier COLINA, Perico SAMBEAT, Tam-Tam l’Europe, Sonny FORTUNE, Richie COLE, Grant STEWART, Bruce BARTH, Concha BUIKA, Benny GOLSON, Pedro ITURRALDE, Theo CROKER, Sheila JORDAN, Laika FATIEN.
Pablo Gutierrez Calvo – Pianist
Born in Madrid, recieves his ﬁrst piano lessons from his mother, later entering the Nicolás Salmerón Conservatory and afterwards the Professional Conservatory of Music of Ferraz, where he ﬁnished his studies Cum Laude.
After moving to Holland he studies Piano Bachelor and Master degrees at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of The Hague with a scholarship from the Community of Madrid, graduating Cum Laude. Back in his homeland, he has established himself as one of the most prominent Spanish jazz musicians leading his own quartet and as a member of the groups of Laïka Fatien, Javier Colina, Bob Sands and Bobby Martínez. Pablo has performed on many stages around the world with such greats as Benny Golson, Leon Parker, Jerry Gonzalez, Antonio Serrano, Rick Margitza, Tony Lakatos, Stephan Belmondo, Kirk Mcdonald or Montez Coleman.