This project has been in the works for some time (since 2011, plus ou moins), combining music (traditional Haitian ritual music and jazz) and film Jazz Racine (2012). I can’t wait to hear the album, which will be released in mid-February 2014. The song “Badé Zilé” is a good sample of what is to come (see link below).
Description: Jacques Schwarz-Bart has created a one of a kind project that synergizes modern jazz and Haitian ritual music. While remaining a jazz project, Jazz Racine Haiti is lifted by the powerful spirituality of the voodoo songs. The artists and audience seem to be sailing together on a sea of light.
Jazz Racine Haiti was originally performed by two voodoo priests, namely singer Erol Josué and percussionist Gaston Bonga, and five jazz musicians: Jacques Schwarz- Bart, Etienne Charles, Obed Calvaire, Luques Curtis, and Milan Milanovic. It was the headliner at the opening night of the prestigious Banlieues Bleues Festival – 2011, in Paris, and since then Jacques has toured with this project to Morocco, Guadeloupe, France, Martinique, St. Lucia, Larochelle, Haiti, Rouen and New York, always receiving great audience response. [. . .] This project is also the subject of Jazz Racine a documentary film about a musical journey from New York, Africa and Haiti, which premiered in St. Malo, France at the Etonnants Voyageurs Book and Film International Festival on May 27, 2012.
[Photo above: Jacques Schwarz-Bart with Étienne Charles by Le Bananier Bleu.]
For more information, see http://jazzracine.com/