Haiti Cultural Exchange Presents Mizik Ayiti! with Malou Beauvoir and James Germain

Malou Beauvoir

Join Haiti Cultural Exchange for the opening night of Photoville with a musical performance from the island of Ayiti, with renowned artists Malou Beauvoir and James Germain performing a rhythmic selection of traditional Haitian music!

Community Day: Park Safety

 

Please note that outside alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited on the lawn and throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park. We’re excited to bring back Smorgasburg once again to Photoville! For your food and drink options, including alcohol, please visit our Smorgusburg friends on the Promenade throughout the day. Outside food is permitted.

Please note there will be a bag check at the entrance to the lawn, where the nighttime programming takes place. This is to ensure the above policies and to maintain the beautiful outdoor space and safety of our attendees, so we can all enjoy the event together!

Please bring blankets.

Chairs (other than wheelchairs) are not allowed on the lawn.

Leave your furry friends at home, as dogs are not allowed on the lawn, per Brooklyn Bridge Park rules

Restrooms are available near the entrance of Pier 1.

 

Community Day: Covid-19 Safety

 

While we look forward to welcoming back our Photoville friends and supporters to our in-person Community Day event, our number one priority is health and safety.

We will be monitoring and adhering to the guidelines set out by New York City, State and the CDC. As the New York City area is experiencing an increase of Covid cases, mask-wearing is recommended when in close proximity to others, including in crowded outdoor settings, and regardless of vaccination status. We encourage everyone to wear a mask, maintain social distance when possible, and show respect  to fellow attendees.

If you or your family members attend any of our family activities, photo workshops or tours, we ask that everyone wears a mask.

At this time, no health screenings or proof of vaccination are in place to attend Photoville; however, we will be keeping up-to-date on any changes to City and State guidelines and ask for your patience with this ongoing situation.

In consideration of our attendees, staff and volunteers, we ask that if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please stay home.

In attending Photoville, you voluntarily assume the risks that apply to exposure to COVID-19. Thank you for protecting yourself, friends & family and the Photoville community by practicing adherence to guidelines and respecting the safety needs of others.

Haiti Cultural Exchange Presents Mizik Ayiti! with Malou Beauvoir and James Germain!
Date and Time: September 18, 2021 6:00 pm EST
Location: Pier 1 – Harborview Lawn
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Presenter Bios

James Germain

James Germain

For years, James Germain has offered a universe at the confluence of its Afro-Caribbean roots. Born in Port Au Prince, he grew up on St. Anthony’s Hill, a popular area of the capital. James sings with a melancholic voice great traditional tunes of voodoo mixed with opera-going experiences or even gospel, reinventing codes. Haiti, it’s folk songs and Voodoo, lie at the heart of his work. His pieces range from classic music to African-Caribbean music. In that sense, it is a rich universe at the crossroads of several worlds. After a third album “Kréol Mandingue”, produced in Mali, James is preparing a new album that demonstrates his deep roots in Haitian culture and his constantly renewed strength to impose his voice to the world.

 

MALOU-BEAUVOIR

Malou Beauvoir

Haitian-American performing artist Malou Beauvoir is a highly emotive singer-songwriter and actor who brings to her artistry the unique amalgamation of her multi-cultural influences and experiences. Born in Chicago to Haitian parents, Malou was raised in New York and moved to Paris at a young age where she attended the American University in Paris.

Beauvoir’s acting career has included roles in Stephen Frears’ Oscar-winning The Queen, Élisabeth Rappeneau’s Paul et ses Femmes, in which she plays Agnes, a jazz singer (Beauvoir wrote the song she performs in the film), Christian Carion’s Farewell, and the hit TV series Perception.

Malou has enjoyed a diverse recording career ranging from featured Universal France artist to collaborations with hip hop, dance and house artists. A chance encounter eventually led to jazz studies with Anita Wardell (Best Jazz Vocalist, British Jazz Awards), and a discovery of the beauty and freedom inherent in singing jazz. Auspiciously, she was heard in Paris by French jazz producer and bassist Jean Chaudron, leading to three jazz recordings: An Evening at The Swan (2006) with the Jean Chaudron Trio; Live at The Lionel Hampton (2008) with Chaudron’s quintet, a soulful and eclectic memento of a week’s residence at the famed Paris jazz club.

In addition to International Jazz Festivals, Beauvoir has performed at NYC venues as Birdland, Minton’s Playhouse and Smalls, sharing the stage with musicians including Benny Wallace, Donald Vega, Danny Mixon, Terrell Stafford, and Hernan Riley.

Her U.S. Jazz album, Is This Love (2016), recorded at Avatar Studios (arranged by Andy Ezrin, with Bobby Mann, Ben Wittman, David Finck, Brian Pareschi and three-time Grammy nominee Donny McCaslin) rose to the top 50 on the Jazz Week charts within a few weeks. That same year she appeared on pianist Greg Murphy’s Summer Breeze, offering a cover of “Sophisticated Lady” and co-writing “A Reason to Smile.”

Following a performance alongside Cecile McLorin-Salvant at the JazzMag “DIVAS” Festival in Paris in 2017, Malou introduced a new Haitian folkloric project which culminated in her 2018 World music album Spiritwalker, her sixth recording, a tribute to her family, culture, and roots.

Malou’s art has always been infused with a spiritual quality rooted in Haitian music. This quality is now more prominent, taking on a new sense of urgency and representing the essence of her sound. It is fundamental to everything she does — both in music and in her social work.

On this new album, co-produced with Chico Boyer and Cheff Loncher (Kamoken Studios in Brooklyn), Beauvoir combines treasured folk songs written for the spirits with original compositions inspired both by contemporary social & political issues and by the ancient spirits of Haiti, whispering in her ear.

Re-engaging with these folkloric songs, Beauvoir aspires to conjure the spirits “so that people remember they are not only part of our inherited culture and our roots, but part of our life, bringing us strength and direction and teaching us how live together.”

In 2019, she commenced work on a documentary focusing on the “essence of the VAUDOU culture”, traveling to Haiti, Benin, and throughout the world to redefine the narrative of this intriguing and compelling culture.

Finally, in Sept 2019, “PAPA DAMBALLAH” from the Spiritwalker album was selected to be featured in the end credits of Suzan Beraza’s poignant documentary “MASSACRE RIVER: Woman without a Country” describing the life of a young Haitian woman born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but denied the basic right to residency. The film aired over 2,000 times in the U.S. and will be distributed via France Television as of Sept 2020.

In May 2020, “NWAYE” co-written with Paul Beaubrun, was among the winners of the International Songwriting competition and chosen from amongst 18,000 entries worldwide.

Her cover of “Higher Love” the Steve Winwood /Will Jennings iconic 1980’s hit, in Beauvoir’s opinion, truly describes this period in time with corrupt and broken political systems and the COVID pandemic. So she teamed up with KAMOKEN co-producers once again, adding some “Haitian spiciness”, to the arrangement in the hopes of getting the Haitian American community out there voting in the crucial November 2020 U.S. election.

Simultaneously, Malou was chosen by award-winning baritone, David Serrero, to record a jazz version of Beyonce’s hit Crazy in Love for the Cast album recording of his upcoming musical, “SCARFACE: The Al Capone Musical.”

In her latest release, KENBEM, Beauvoir’s creole adaptation of the Brendan Graham/Rolf Lovland classic You Raise Me Up, she alludes to the relationship between Vaudou and the Christian communities in Haiti, offering a healing balm complementing the original spiritual message of the song.

Malou has donated her performances and support to the “TIBET FUND” Gala in NY, the “Fonkoze Gala” in L.A, “Back Country Jazz” fundraiser, “Roots for Development” Fundraiser and other non-profit organizations who are working to make this world a better place.

Presenting Organization

 

Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people. We seek to raise awareness of social issues and foster cultural understanding and appreciation through programs in the arts, education, and public affairs.

Our programs and services seek to support emerging and established artists, promote cross-cultural exchanges, preserve our cultural heritage, and encourage dialogue around contemporary social issues.

During the past decade, HCX has worked with dozens of partners to present Haitian art and artists to both Haitian Diaspora and broader audiences through exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, multidisciplinary festivals, artist talks, and educational programs. We have fostered artistic exchanges between Haiti and the US, bringing Haitian and Diaspora artists together in mainstage and community venues. HCX has presented over 450 artists to approximately 5,000 audience members each year.

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