KAY! Letters to a missing poet,
Lamine Diagne & Matthieu Verdeil
Why the poet Claude MacKay comes back to us today after having disappeared from the Marseilles radar for a long time, nobody can answer. Yet his call has been heard and the power of his poetry, asleep or voluntarily omitted, has crossed time to come and resonate in the ears and heads of two artists from Marseille. Matthieu Verdeil is a filmmaker and has documented his work from the archives of the time. Lamine Diagne is a musician and storyteller, moved by the poetic turmoil, he is also convinced of the need to transmit the poetry of the Jamaican traveler. Together, they start to convince and gather around them. That’s when Marseille Jazz des cinq continents joined the procession. What could be more normal. This creation is perfectly in line with the Festival. Claude MacKay comes from the time of the arrival of Jazz in Marseille, he carries the immemorial modernity and he smiles at life in the middle of tumult. MacKay dives into Marseille and extracts a poetic material made of the friction of humanities and bodies, the elegance of the underworld, the smile and the conviction.
Lamine Diagne is a storyteller, he knows the art of letting history express itself through him. His musical creation is impregnated with literature and rhythms. Accompanied by his musicians, he joins the movement of the world that Matthieu Verdeil projects, without concession to the eyes of all. The Sucrière Theater has also invited itself to the celebration by imposing itself as the venue for this new show. This is a first for Marseille Jazz of the Five Continents and a great moment for everyone.
Delegated production: Prodig’Art
Co production : Compagnie l’Enelle, A7 Production, La Maison du Chant.
Partners: Marseille Jazz des 5 Continents, Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, Ville de Martigues, Conservatoire Pablo Picasso de Martigues, Label Maison Bleue, Héliotropismes, l’AMI, le Cri du Port
Institutional partners: Ministère de la Culture/Direction régionale des affaires culturelles Paca, Région Sud, Département des Bouches-du-Rhône, Ville de Marseille, Ambassade des Etats-Unis, Spedidam
Sponsor: Fondation Stin Akri, Fondation pour la mémoire de l’esclavage
Clélya Abraham, Sintia Piccin, Ana Karina Sebastião, Ananda Brandão
The opening of the Marseille Jazz Festival of the Five Continents must be a strong signal of our artistic line and our commitment. The 2023 edition will open with this new creation, specially set up by Jazz à Vienne in partnership with the French Institute, the French Consulate in São Paulo, Sesc São Paulo, Sesc Jazz and Scubidu Music and with the support of the CNM. The international dimension of the project and the link of artistic friendship with Jazz à Vienne convinced us. This project expresses the meeting of two of the most innovative and productive current scenes, represented by four young musicians on the rise: on the one hand, pianist and singer Clélya Abraham and drummer Ananda Brandão, rising stars of French jazz and connoisseurs of Caribbean music; on the other hand, saxophonist Sintia Piccin and bassist and singer Ana Karina Sebastião, figures from the inexhaustible breeding ground of musica popular brasileira.
All in all, a supergroup of young musicians whose collaboration promises to be explosive!
An evening in partnership with the City Hall of the 15-16 arrondissements
Photo credit © DR
KAY! Letters to a missing poet:
Lamine Diagne : reading, saxophone and flute
Chrisophe Lincontang : double bass
Ben rando : keyboard
Jérémi Martinez : drums
Wim Welker : guitar
Matthieu Verdeil : visual creation
Eric Massua : scenography and video installation
Clélya Abraham : piano
Sintia Piccin : saxophones and flutes
Ana Karina Sebastião : bass
Ananda Brandão : drums