blue indigo jazz series

This is the first season of a series of concerts dedicated to a hybrid musical genre born at the beginning of last century. This original and innovative program features young talents from across the Atlantic. Most of them have projects that have never been heard in France but all open up new paths for today’s creative music. This musical art, now part of our musical heritage, remains legendary and even visionary.

Soaked in the indefinable blue indigo, the colour of the blues, seven jazz sessions feature an initiatory trip. It symbolically retraces the original influences, from the Deep South (with John Hebert’s Byzantine Monkey, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin) to the East Coast (Tyshawn Sorey Quartet, Steve Lehman Octet, Craig Taborn, William Parker & Gerald Cleaver Trio) and the Midwest (Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, Chicago Underground Duo).

Bleu Indigo also reaches out to the black Atlantic archipelago, towards South America (Sao Paulo Underground), Africa or Europe (Steve Lehman Octet, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin).
It is indeed not jazz that “reaches” the Museum, it is the Museum that “departs” to greet jazz in a warm atmosphere conducive to post-concert discussions with the musicians.



Craig Taborn, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver Trio

SATURDAY JUNE 25th 2011 6 pm.

The piano, bass and drum trio is just as much a canonical jazz form with harmonious sequences of actions, as a mirror to pass through. These three improvisation masters - linked to most of the projects that have disrupted this art form in the last 20 years - know the paths that lead to musical wonderlands.

William Parker © DR
Craig Taborn © DR
Gerald Cleaver © Claudio Casanova

Chicago Underground and Sao Paulo Underground

Sao Paulo Underground © DR

SATURDAY APRIL 9th 2011 6 pm.

The Chicago Underground and the Sao Paulo Underground are twin ensembles created by cornettist Rob Mazurek, who lives between both cities and always favors dialogue between preferably turbulent drummers and percussionists, and all noises, effects and treatment that electronic machinations now offer.

Matana Robert's Coin Coin

Matana Robert © DR

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26th 2011 6 pm.

For several years, saxophonist and clarinettist Matana Roberts searched for her American, African and European musical ancestors between Louisiana, Togo and Scotland. But her decidedly lyrical art is not so much a story blurred by tragedy, but an evocation of the stories that are endlessly told in order to reinvent a future life.

Steve Lehman Octet

Steve Lehman © Scott Friedlander

SATURDAY JANUARY 22nd 2011 6 pm.

co production with the Sons d’Hiver festival

Saxophonist Steve Lehman’s octet. He is a master in the art of sound chiaroscuro developed by French composer Tristan Murail with his spectral music. Lehman considers his music and the manner with which he blends both coherent and bold traditions as a typically New York or contemporary form of artistic experimentation.

The festival Sons d'Hiver website (new window)

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things

Mike Reed © DR

SATURDAY DECEMBER 11th 2010 6 pm.

People, Places & Thing : people, places and things. With his quartet, drummer Mike Reed strives to decode the energetic messages expressed by the musicians of his native Chicago over the last fifty years and allow himself to embark upon a contemporary voyage of discovery.

John Hébert's Byzantine Monkey

John Hébert © DR

SATURDAY OCTOBER 23rd 2010 6 pm.

Stand up bass player John Hebert’s two-saxophone quartet reinterprets playful and breathtaking Cajun traditions and inflects them with the currents and counter currents of today’s free jazz with fierceness, depth and humour.

Tyshawn Sorey Quartet

Tyshawn Sorey © DR

FRIDAY OCTOBER 22nd 2010 6 pm.

This exceptional opening concert is drummer Tyshawn Sorey’s first performance in France. A gifted world music composer, with an amazing sense of construction and exploration, Tyshawn Sorey might be the embodiment of what the great Elvin Jones meant by “you are a musician before you are a drummer.”