Wednesday, May 9, 2018 7:30PM
Attucks Theatre

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May 9, 7:30pm,
Attucks Theatre
Tickets $25, students under 25, $10

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. With horns, voice, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO is jazz that speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent.

Originally from Tunisia in North Africa (by way of Paris), Yacine Boularès has played sax, composed and arranged music for and with artists from Cameroon, Haiti, and beyond; the AJOYO ensemble originated in these encounters and influences. AJOYO celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that makes people want to dance.

“Real joy…the music exudes sophistication, yet responds to a primordial pulse” (AllAboutJazz.com).

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American Evolution commemorates the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence American democracy, diversity and opportunity. To inspire local, national and international engagement in these three key themes, American Evolution is partnering with notable Virginia institutions like the Virginia Arts Festival, and launching a series of signature events, education programs, and legacy projects. The American Evolution partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival explores the influences of our complex history on the culture in America today by sponsoring performances by world-renowned artists. These performers bring to Virginia their perspectives on the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity.
This engagement of Ajoyo is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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