Jazz is the kind of bridge builder we need in the world today: Audrey Azoulay


New Delhi – A world concert of stars in 2021 is about to mark the tenth anniversary of International Jazz Day on April 30.

“UNESCO created International Jazz Day to share the values ​​of a deeply meaningful musical genre. Today we need jazz more than ever. We need its values, based on human dignity and the fight against racism and all forms of oppression. It’s so much more than music, jazz is the kind of bridge builder we need in the world today, ”explains UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, it will be broadcast live from UNESCO in Paris and the United Nations in New York with programming from some of the best international artists performing in cities around the world.

Created by UNESCO in 2011 on the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities around the world each April 30 to celebrate the international art of jazz, highlighting its important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity.

“Our International Jazz Day community has demonstrated incredible resilience, creativity, resourcefulness and compassion throughout the immense challenges of the past year. As the global pandemic continues to make life difficult for so many around the world, the example of organizers from Nepal to Mexico to Cameroon inspires us to greet this historic 10th anniversary milestone with joy, courage and hope for the future. jazz, ”says jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock, artistic director of the concert.

According to UNESCO, the concert will mark the culmination of International Jazz Day 2021. In New York, with performances by Melissa Aldana, Massimo Biolcati, A Bu, Cyrus Chestnut, Amina Figarova, Roberta Gambarini, Kenny Garrett, James Genus , Stefon Harris, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Lovano, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Antonio Sanchez and Veronica Swift. In Los Angeles, Herbie Hancock will be joined by Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jonathan Butler, Mahmoud Chouki, Gerald Clayton, Andra Day, Romero Lubambo, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Ben Williams, Francisco Torres and Justin Tyson.

The main musicians from their country of origin will be Igor Butman in Moscow (Russia), Ivan Lins in Rio De Janeiro (Brazil), John McLaughlin in Monaco, James Morrison in Mt. Gambier (Australia), Junko Onishi in Tokyo (Japan) and Jacob Collier in London (UK) and more.

On April 30, a multilingual range of free virtual educational modules will also be presented via unesco.org, jazzday.com and the official International Jazz Day Facebook page, including masterclasses, a composition workshop and an interactive program for young listeners. A series of panel discussions will include conversations with Audrey Azoulay, Herbie Hancock, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, hip-hop producer DJ Khalil and pianist and songwriter Kris Bowers, among others.

The program will be presented live on the web via YouTube, Facebook, jazzday.com, UN Web TV, UNESCO and US Department of State media, UNESCO said. (IANS)


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