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Jazz at the Schomburg ft. Nite Bjuti

August 11, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for an evening of Jazz and improvisation with Nite Bjuti. The group features vocalist Candice Hoyes, percussionist and turntablist Val Jeanty, and double bassist Mimi Jones, an evocative improvised trio of Afro Caribbean artists using electronics, vocalism, bass, Haitian drum rhythms, sampling and spoken word to cultivate their narrative journey. Nite Bjuti draws from a centuries old Haitian folklore called “Night Beauty,” about a girl whose bones begin to sing in her afterlife, her spirit seeking justice. Together, they improvise to build layers of intimate community both inside the band and with its audiences to rediscover the buried Diasporic beauty in the world, transcendent across generations.

This performance, Engaging the Cosmos: Nite Bjuti in Motion, will also feature creative collaborators, choreographer/dancer JoVonna Parks and dancer Courtney Saul, drawing upon Diasporic storytelling, jazz and electronics, pointedly the ensemble’s archival discoveries at the Schomburg, utilizing musical improvisation, mixed media and dance. 

“Percussionist/beat maker Val Jeanty, vocalist/sampler controller Candice Hoyes, and double bassist Mimi Jones were the biggest revelation of Winter JazzFest (so far), creating dense sound vistas and pure improvisations. Jones’ heavy, funky bass slaps buffeted Jeanty’s turbulent rhythms and Hoyes’ unique vocals, the trio’s spiritual hookup immediate and profound.” — JazzTimes 



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