Sun, February 24th

Haitian Jazz Night with Mozayik & Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band


Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:15PM
Advance Price $20
Door Price $25

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Haitian Jazz Night with Mozayik & Buyu Ambroise & The Blues In Red Band


Mozayik’s musical concept draws upon a rich legacy of traditional Afro-Haitian rhythms and melodies, and blends them with the instrumentation,melodic/harmonic sensibilities and improvisation of modern jazz. New York City’s premier Haitian Jazz ensemble released their debut recording in 2000. The self-titled “Mozayik” garnered rave reviews and earned the group a feature on National Public Radio’s “The World”program. In 2002,Mozayik had the honor of representing Haiti in the Havana Jazz Festival,at the invitation of world-renowned Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes. 
Mozayik has headlined Haitian jazz festivals in New York City at the landmark Sounds of Brazil (SOB’S) and Irving Plaza, in Miami at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts,as well as in Port-au-Prince,Haiti. In May 2005,Mozayik released “Haitian Creole Jazz”on the grammy-winning Zoho music label, the recording received extensive national airplay and was a critic’s pick for 2005 in Jazziz Magazine. The band is currently at work on their third recording.



Alix Buyu Ambroise was born in Haiti. After a brief stay in the Republic of Congo as a child, Buyu has been residing in the United States for over 35 years. Buyu was drawn to the saxophone at a young age, experimenting with the instrument as a high school student in Brooklyn, New York during the 1970s, a fertile period for both Haitian music and American Jazz. His passion for Jazz music led him to study with Jazz legends such as Frank Foster, Jimmy Owens, and John Lewis.
Buyu performed in New York City with various small groups for more than 20 years, playing usually Haitian Konpa music or Jazz and has worked with many notable Haitian groups in the New York metropolitan area. He recorded with Ayizan, a landmark avant-garde Rara ensemble. He also led the band Freefall which included world renowned Latin premier percussionist Bobby Sanabria. Freefall also featured the talents of eclectic jazz percussionist Mino Cinelu (formerly with Miles Davis, Sting, and Weather Report). Buyu has also worked in the Project Liberty Jazz Ensemble with jazz drummer Ben Dixon.
Despite a long absence from his homeland, Buyu’s roots in Haitian culture remain strong. In his debut & sophomore albums Blues in Red (released in June 2004) & Marasa (released in December 2006), Buyu draws from the folkloric repertoire of Haitian music not being able to resist the calling to infusing the similar African roots of both Haitian music and American Jazz into these story-telling melodies. He has created a fruitful combination of traditional Afro-Haitian beats with the smooth improvisational grooves of enticing bass lines, melodic brass solos & piano explorations in styles modeled after those of American Jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter.
Coming from a Jazz perspective, Buyu has revealed a natural relationship between the complex polyrhythmic structures in both the North American form and the Afro-Caribbean sound of traditional Haitian music. This fusion is the birth of a new musical style that encompasses the two and sustains the mix effortlessly.
Although this subgenre of World Jazz is considered cutting edge, Buyu's recordings and live performances are executed with a spirit and level of mastery that invoke a gentle blend of harmonies that have matured on Haitian and American stages for generations.
Specifically Marasa, filled with unexpected twists in compositions such as “Plezi Mize” (Pleasure in Misery) and “Wangol” attracts listeners and relentlessly captivates their attention. Buyu’s melodies are inspired from the rich repertoire of Afro-Haitian music sustained with modern jazz harmonies.
Jazzpora, Buyu’s 3rd album released in 2014  features  Cuban pianist Axel Laugart, bassist Yunior Terry; percussionist Markus Schwartz; singer Melanie Charles , and trumpeter Jean Caze.